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Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

January 30, 2015 4:36 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technnology | Articles | Comments

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...       

Report: Governments Should Phase Out Emphasis On Bioenergy

January 30, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A report released by a global research group recommends that governments cease most attempts to bolster bioenergy production, arguing they "undercut efforts to combat climate change and to achieve a sustainable food future." The analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute said dedicating property that...

Pipeline Expansion Through Wisconsin Would Be Larger Than Keystone

January 30, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A Canadian energy distributor hopes to dramatically expand a pipeline carrying crude oil across the state of Wisconsin — increasing its capacity beyond that of the far more publicized Keystone pipeline. But concerns over the company's safety record and the consequences of a potential spill have stalled the project...

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Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil And Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting oil, natural gas or their byproducts throughout the country. This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the...

BP To Sell Part Of Its Gulf Of Mexico Stake To Chevron

January 30, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is selling part of its stake in an emerging oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico to Chevron, and the two companies, along with Conoco Phillips, will work to develop the fields together. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The joint-development agreement is a way for the companies to try to reduce the...

Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

January 29, 2015 5:25 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and...

Seeking New Ways To Make Shale Oil, Gas Wells More Efficient

January 29, 2015 2:06 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the Wall Street Journal reported that a small Wisconsin private equity company turned a $91 million investment into a $1.4 billion fortune when it invested in a mine producing fine silica sand suitable for use in hydraulic fracturing. Energy companies mix the sand with water and additives...

Fact Check: Both Sides In Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution...

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ND Oil Boom Braces For A Winter Cooldown

January 29, 2015 9:57 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

People in Williston, North Dakota aren't just hunkered down because of the winter weather — they're feeling the slow down low oil prices have created for local businesses. As the city at the heart of North Dakota's oil boom, Williston's been hit by an economic downturn that defies basic economics. Though many rigs in...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Obama's Trip To India

January 28, 2015 2:21 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

President Obama’s landmark trip to India this week was aimed at improving the economic relationship between India and the U.S. Here are some manufacturing-related highlights of Obama’s trip to India: Obama announced a big step toward the nuclear technology pact between the two...

Federal Agency Files Record Number Of Complaints Against Mining Companies

January 28, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The federal government's mining oversight agency filed 49 complaints over worker discrimination allegations last year, more than in any year since its inception in 1978. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, which enforces safety requirements at U.S. mining and mineral processing operations, files such...

White House Plan Would Open Atlantic Coast To Drilling

January 27, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to lease offshore sites for oil and gas drilling, including, for the first time, areas off the Atlantic Coast. The proposal, announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, would also include leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, though the...

Judge Says ND Oil Patch Lawsuit Can Move Forward

January 27, 2015 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge says a lawsuit against a major oil company doing business in the North Dakota oil patch can move forward. Judge Ralph Erickson's ruling grants conditional class action status to the suit filed by a former employee of Schlumberger, which provides technology and other support...

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Coal Mining Simulator Coming To Southern IL

January 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Illinois colleges are planning to build a simulator that will allow coal miners to train how to react in emergencies without having to set foot in a mine. The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system...

BP Executive Takes Stand In Gulf Oil Spill Penalty Trial

January 27, 2015 11:49 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A BP executive has taken the stand as lawyers for the oil giant make their case for a federal Clean Water Act penalty well under the $13.7 billion maximum for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Richard Morrison, a regional president for BP Exploration and Production, was Tuesday's first witness as the three-week trial...

MT High Court Upholds Coal Industry Sales Practice

January 26, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's Supreme Court has sided with a Wyoming mining company in a dispute with state tax authorities who challenged the coal industry practice of making sales through affiliates. The unanimous high court ruling means Montana tax authorities must recalculate a $3.4 million tax bill for Gillette-based Cloud Peak...

Senator Puts Forward Five Amendments To Keystone XL Legislation

January 26, 2015 10:03 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota and longtime supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline, has proposed five new amendments to the legislation to approve the construction of the pipeline. She believes the Keystone XL Pipeline is a critical piece of the U.S. energy infrastructure, and...

1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits To Reopen

January 25, 2015 7:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen. TJN Biofuel LLC's president and owner, Steve Bolin, has not given official notice yet. The...

Senate Republicans Changing Their Stance On Global Warming? Not Quite.

January 23, 2015 12:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

In a move that shocked many Democrats and environmentalists, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 98-1 on Wednesday to approve an amendment stating that climate change is “real and not a hoax.” Even one of the most notorious global warming deniers, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, signed on...

Landfill Could Be One Of The Last To Tap Methane For Power

January 23, 2015 12:52 pm | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When most Californians think about the source of renewable energy flowing into their homes, they picture wind turbines and solar panels — not garbage. The little-known source of electricity has fed California's power grid for decades, but a groundbreaking Thursday for yet another trash-driven power...

Past, Future Effects Of Oil Argued In BP Penalty Trial

January 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental researchers and BP attorneys sparred Wednesday over the potential effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill in a trial aimed at determining whether the oil giant should be made to pay some $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act penalties. A government witness, Dr. Stanley Rice, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Siemens Touts Order For 21 Wind Turbines For KS Project

January 23, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens says it has received an order to supply 21 wind turbines to the Alexander wind project located 120 miles northwest of Wichita. The Hutchinson-based company announced Thursday in a news release that it has reached a deal with NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey...

Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices. The company said Thursday it would idle plants in Indiana and Illinois. The shutting down of U.S. Steel's tin mill in East Chicago, Indiana affects 369 workers, with layoffs beginning...

Do You Know Where Your Power Comes From?

January 23, 2015 9:36 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

A new report released this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos estimates that members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will need to invest more than $7.6 trillion over the next 25 years to meet their energy policy goals, further reduce emissions and create...

New Brazil Agriculture Minister Bats Down Anti-Environment Reputation

January 23, 2015 7:26 am | by Eduardo Barretto, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the "chainsaw queen" by Brazilian environmentalists for what they call her promotion of deforestation, strongly rejected the criticism Thursday, calling it sexist since she's the first woman to hold her post. Abreu told a small group of foreign...

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