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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety In OR Television Interview

February 27, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety. Obama made the remarks during a brief interview with KGW-TV's Laural Porter, who was invited to Washington, D.C., as part of a round of local television interviews...

Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look To Women To Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry. The events, hosted at 14 ExxonMobil and XTO Energy sites across the country, connect ExxonMobil employees with middle school girls, providing mentorship...

Gas Cost Lowers Consumer Prices By Most In Six Years

February 26, 2015 10:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose. The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index fell 0.7 percent in January, the sharpest drop since December 2008. Tumbling prices at the pump drove...

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Industry Group Warns Of Vapors At Fracking Sites

February 26, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns. MonDaks Safety Network issued an alert over the potential consequences of breathing in vapors from the tanks. Compounds such as propane, butane or benzene pose risks for explosions...

Flightless Jet Engine Will Keep 900-Year-Old Eastern European City Warm

February 25, 2015 2:50 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened in 1966, one year after...

Elon Musk's Solar Company To Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 25, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the buildings that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California has been vacant since Solyndra infamously...

Fracking Regulation Debate Heats Up CO

February 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A battle over who should regulate oil and gas drilling in Colorado has roared back to life, just as a task force that was supposed to help settle the dispute is finishing up its recommendations. The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate...

Report: 19 Oil And Gas Stocks In 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices. David Fessler, energy and infrastructure strategist for the Oxford Club, compiled the "Oil Company Death List" to highlight oil and gas companies that...

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Arrives At White House, Obama To Veto

February 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now. The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning...

EU Moves Ahead With Greenhouse Gas Trading Reform

February 24, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers have backed plans to reform the EU's vast greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to protect it from fluctuations in the economy. The system sets limits on certain greenhouse gases that factories and power plants can emit and allows companies to trade allowances if they...

Siemens To Supply Turbines For Fuel Efficient Plant

February 24, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. The local municipal utility, Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), is replacing an aging coal-fired plant with a new fuel efficient modern power...

Feds Inspecting Construction At SC Nuke Plant

February 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are conducting a special inspection after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says officials began their inspection Monday at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest...

Fed: Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 Per Year

February 23, 2015 10:59 am | by Matthew Brown, Josh Funk, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the...

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TransCanada To Seek US Approval For $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 2:55 pm | by Blake Nicholson, James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $600 million Upland Pipeline would begin in northwestern North Dakota and go north into...

Feds: Speed Not A Factor In Oil Train Crash

February 20, 2015 9:36 am | by John Raby, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said Thursday. The CSX train was going 33 mph at the time of Monday's crash in the town of Mount Carbon. The speed limit was 50 mph, said Federal Railroad Administration acting administrator Sarah Feinberg. "We can see from event recorders that the train...

CA Refinery Unit Experienced Problems Before Blast

February 19, 2015 7:12 pm | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday. The so-called fluid catalytic cracker unit refines gasoline and is critical to producing California-grade fuel. The unit had been offline for two days because of problems when a different piece...

Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 19, 2015 3:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The American oil industry, which had exploded in recent years due to dramatic increases in fracking, has borne the brunt of thousands of layoffs in the wake of sliding crude prices. The country, however, remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as...

Brazil Disconnects Nuclear Power Plant

February 19, 2015 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Brazil's two nuclear reactors has been disconnected because of a flaw in a condenser that cools the steam used by the plant's electric power generator. Eletronuclear that operates the Angra Nuclear I power plant in the coastal city of Angra dos Reis in the state of Rio de Janeiro says on...

Meet Harriet, The World's Most Powerful Gas Turbine

February 19, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine. “What we are doing is akin to the hardest military boot camp,” King says. “There is nothing like this anywhere in the world. We can simulate conditions ranging from...

Warren Buffett's Firm Sells Exxon Mobil, Adds Deere Stake

February 18, 2015 12:22 pm | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company unloaded its 41 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. and sold a smaller stake in ConocoPhillips as oil prices fell last fall. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed an update on the stocks it held at the end of 2014 with the Securities and Exchange Commission...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails In WV

February 18, 2015 12:10 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week is an image of the fire caused by the February 16th train derailment near Charleston, West Virginia. The train was carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, and the derailment sent fireballs into the sky and burned down a nearby...

For Many In U.S., Cash Saved At Gas Pump Is Staying In Pockets

February 18, 2015 11:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they've traditionally done best: Spend money — and drive the economy. The lowest gas prices in five years had given people more spending money. Employers added over 1 million jobs from November through January, the best three-month...

SEC Filing: Duke Energy Says It Expects To Settle Criminal Probe

February 18, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it expects to pay $100 million to settle an ongoing federal criminal investigation that began after a massive coal ash spill at a North Carolina plant. The details are contained in an earnings report filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission...

Report: High Chemical Levels Found In Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group. Fracking operations use a highly pressurized solution to crack shale rock and access oil or...

Fiery Derailment Should Reignite Rail, Pipeline Debate

February 18, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This most recent crude-by-rail disaster wasn’t quite the major catastrophe many have feared. But it got close. Real close. On Monday, a train carrying more than a 100 tankers of crude oil derailed and sent an atomic-looking fireball into the sky. One witness reported to the BBC that the locomotive of the...

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