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How Oil Changed North Dakota

February 5, 2015 2:48 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

One state in America’s heartland has been experiencing fairly drastic changes as of late. In North Dakota, oil was not the only thing booming, the infrastructure of the state followed suit.  For example, towns like Williston and Watford City have recorded startling increase in infrastructure in the last three years...

TX Company Postpones Northeast NE Plant Project

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes piping and casing for oil and gas drilling has postponed plans to build a manufacturing plant in northeast Nebraska, the company president said Wednesday, citing changing conditions in the oil market. Tejas Tubular Products President Maximo Tejeda told the Norfolk Daily News...

Questions And Answers About Oil Waste In CA Aquifers

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated press | News | Comments

California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, has improperly given oil companies more than 2,500 permits to inject production fluids and oilfield waste into underground water supplies that are used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show. Nearly half of those disposal...

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WA Lawmakers Pushing Electric Car Ownership

February 5, 2015 10:27 am | by Derrick Nunnally, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even with gas prices hovering around $2 per gallon, Washington state lawmakers are considering a raft of bills to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars in the name of reducing pollution. Plug-in-and-charge automobiles are gaining popularity in the state. Washington records show there were nearly 12,000 registered electric cars by the end...

Energy Consumption By U.S. Government At Lowest Level Since 1975

February 4, 2015 3:07 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

The U.S. federal government, with thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the United States and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but that consumption is declining. The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) shows total delivered-to-site energy use by the...

North Dakota Oil Industry Avoids Layoffs

February 4, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The months-long slide in crude oil prices has resulted in thousands of layoffs in Texas, the nation's top oil-producing state. In second-place North Dakota, however, the burgeoning shale oil and natural gas sector will apparently be spared mass job cuts in the short term. North Dakota has been the biggest beneficiary of the...

China, Argentina Team Up To Discuss Upcoming Energy Projects

February 4, 2015 10:32 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A global partnership between Argentina and China was strengthened today as leaders from both countries agreed to collaborate on two new nuclear power plants. President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina and President Xi Jinping of China signed the nuclear power plant agreement and fourteen other agreements...

Health, Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 3, 2015 5:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Health advocates and environmental groups are urging federal officials to adopt stricter limits on ozone, while an industry group argued taking that step would needlessly hamper manufacturing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the threshold for ground-level ozone, or smog, from the current 75 parts per...

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When Will Low U.S. Gas Prices Fuel Consumer Spending?

February 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is benefitting from lower gas prices at the pump, but that has not yet translated to a spending boom as consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in December. Bloomberg’s Matt Townsend and Alix Steel report on In The Loop...   

More Oil Industry Layoffs Hit TX

February 3, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The rapid increase in domestic oil production in recent years helped fuel a banner year for Texas' economy in 2014. Not only did the Lone Star State lead the nation in the total number of jobs created last year, but it finished second -- behind far, far smaller North Dakota -- with a 4 percent growth rate compared...

Obama's Budget Includes Billions For Coal States

February 3, 2015 12:01 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new budget proposal includes more than $3 billion worth of tax credits and other spending to help the Appalachian region recover from the job losses and economic impact of the declining coal industry. But the new Republican-controlled Congress appeared skeptical of the...

State Drilling Panel Weighs Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals

February 2, 2015 7:24 pm | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper's task force on oil and gas discussed proposals Monday that would force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing and give local governments more of a say on where wells can be drilled. The task force is winnowing down a list of 56...

Oil Demand: The Other Side Of The Equation

February 2, 2015 1:36 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

A number of factors have converged to send oil prices plummeting to bargain basement levels hovering around $45 to $50 per barrel, but this decline won't last forever, according to a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and...

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PPL Montana Shutting Down J.E. Corette Coal-Fired Power Plant

February 2, 2015 12:24 pm | by Tom Lutey, The Billings Gazette, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It isn't on its dying breath, but the J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant, for 40 years Billings' worst air polluter, could be weeks away from its last gasp. In 73 days, the final chunks of Wyoming coal will drop into Corette's furnace, and when those final embers fade, the 46-year-old power...

Strikes Begin At Oil Refineries; Prices Rally

February 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

About 3,800 workers have walked off the job at nine refineries across the country after the contract between the United Steelworkers Union and oil companies expired Sunday. The strike is the largest at refineries in more than three decades, though the workers in question represent just a fraction of the roughly 30,000 USW...

Yellowstone Oil Spills Fuel Arguments Over Keystone Line

February 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this...

Shell Says It Will Drill Off AK If It Can Get Permits

January 30, 2015 5:17 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said Thursday. Speaking in London on the company's fourth-quarter earnings, Ben van Beurden said Shell will move forward with its plan to use two drill vessels...

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...

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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