Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback. An "energy corridor" for North Dakota and Wonder Bread returns. Below these stories, check out links to other related news and features at Manufacturing Business Technology.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple and a Minnesota-based energy company are pushing the concept of an "energy corridor" that could move oil, natural gas, electricity and water out of western North Dakota.
Dalyrmple and Allete Inc. officials announced the concept on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. The idea is to establish a right of way adjacent to Allete's existing electric transmission line from in western North Dakota to Duluth, Minn., where such things as oil and natural gas could be shipped to other markets.
Pipelines in the corridor also could move water to other parts of the state and wastewater from North Dakota's oil patch. Coal-fired power plants' carbon dioxide emissions also could be sent along the corridor to be stored underground or used for enhanced oil recovery, Dalrymple and company officials said. Continue reading...
This plan does cause some concern for some readers. Commenter Splatticus had this to say:
"A consolidated corridor will save construction and operating costs, but a single attack will do greater damage. If the savings are applied to comprehensive security measures, however, the system might be substantially more secure than the usual approaches and without an increase in overall costs."
In response to the comment, a guest commenter followed up by saying:
"I don't see security risks elevating due to this approach. If they attack the transmission line/pipeline combo the only thing additional they are disrupting is the supply of natural gas that is currently being flared off anyways."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wonder bread is back almost a year after it vanished from shelves.
Flowers Foods Inc., which bought Wonder from the now-defunct Hostess Brands, says the bread started returning to supermarket shelves last Monday.
The company, which also makes Tastykake and Nature's Own bread, snapped up five bread brands after Hostess went out of business late last year. Continue reading...
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