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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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