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SW Energy Snaps Up Assets In Marcellus, Utica

October 16, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwestern Energy will spend about $5.38 billion to acquire drilling assets in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania now owned by Chesapeake Energy.                            

EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

Although carefully drafted to always reference emission reductions from power plants, since the EPA does not have the legal authority under this rule to directly regulate emissions from other sources, the new rule actually provides a pathway for states to regulate other industries and facilities through their climate change plans. 

5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 15, 2014 2:34 pm | by Paul Leavoy, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The need to manage environment, health and safety performance across organizations has never been more apparent. The increased reliance on supply chains extending across the globe, the visibility afforded by online communications and the need to improve end-to-end sustainability are compelling businesses to account for EHS performance across the supply chain.

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Ergon To Spend $150M On Refinery Expansion

October 14, 2014 5:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Flowood-based private company said that it would enhance parts of the refinery and expand its tank farm. It said the changes, in addition to allowing it to make more products, would allow Ergon to feed the refinery with more kinds of crude oil.

Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study.                                             

U.S. Indexes Slide, Airlines, Energy Stocks Drop

October 14, 2014 10:09 am | by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices.                                                                         

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as the data begins to show that plastic might not be as bad as you'd think...

Targa Buys Atlas Pipeline, Atlas Energy

October 13, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Targa Resources is buying Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy in a deal valued at close to $6 billion, creating a huge energy transportation and storage company.                                

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Net Energy Imports At Lowest Level In 29 Years

October 10, 2014 4:13 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Total U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014.                                     

Oil Dealers Sue Over Gas Expansion Plan

October 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut oil dealers are suing over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews.                                       

Why Pennsylvania Should Not Enact A Severance Tax On Natural Gas

October 10, 2014 9:51 am | by Tracy Miller, Associate Professor of Economics, Grove City College | Blogs | Comments

As the governor’s race heats up in Pennsylvania, one of the central issues is whether to enact a severance tax on natural gas. Democratic candidate Tom Wolf has emphasized that Pennsylvania is the only state without a severance tax and critics of the status quo argue that the state is giving away resources by not imposing the tax... 

Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

Dow Plunges As Energy Market Drags Down

October 9, 2014 5:19 pm | by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Turbulence returned to Wall Street for a third day Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging more than 250 points in late afternoon trading. Energy stocks fell sharply as the price of oil dropped again, and Gap's stock plunged after the company announced its CEO was retiring.

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California Power Regulator Exits Amid Criticism

October 9, 2014 5:17 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's chief utility regulator, under fire over accusations of secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year.                                          

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a southwestern Indiana aluminum plant.

Alcoa Q3 Boosted By Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 10:12 am | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business.                                                       

Perry Seeks Unlimited Gas & Oil Exports

October 9, 2014 10:09 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies.                        

PG&E Faces Penalty In Judge-Shopping

October 7, 2014 5:21 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

Industrial Manufacturers Forecast Solid Revenue Growth In Year Ahead

October 7, 2014 11:49 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Optimism regarding projected company revenue growth increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the third quarter of 2014, according to the Q3 2014 Manufacturing Barometer.                               

Top Regulator Secretly Asked PG&E To Donate $100K

October 7, 2014 10:51 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's largest utility has released an email saying the state's top regulator privately asked the company to donate more than $1 million to support an environmental ballot initiative and separately give $100,000 to a celebration of the utility commission's 100th anniversary.

Freeport-McMoRan Sells 80% Stake In Mine

October 7, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. is selling 80 percent of its stake in a copper and gold mine in Chile for at least $1.8 billion.                                          

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

The Future Of Chemicals: Managing Complexity & Enabling Growth With Natural Supply Chains

October 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Rohit Singh, Principal, Strategy and Marc Waco, Partner, PwC US Chemicals Advisory Leader | Blogs | Comments

In an increasingly challenging climate, chemical companies are facing shifting market forces and heterogeneous customers. Many are focusing solely on all-out growth or cost-cutting strategies in an attempt to adjust course. But succeeding requires a more innovative strategy. Now more than ever, chemical companies should make the time and resource investments needed to develop new capabilities in natural supply chains.

3M To Receive $2.5M In Tax Incentives

October 6, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Dakota's tax policies and economic incentives were key in persuading The 3M Company to invest $70 million to expand its Brooking plant between now and 2018, the governor and company officials said this week at a ceremony announcing the project.

Chevron Selling Duvernay Stake For $1.5B

October 6, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron's Canadian subsidiary is selling its 30 percent stake in its Duvernay shaleplay to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. in a $1.5 billion deal.                                       

Hygiene, Cleaning Product Company Opening Georgia Plant

October 3, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese company that makes personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies is planning to expand operations and create 170 jobs in Gwinnett County.                               

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Regulators Order Duke To Refund Customers

October 3, 2014 10:31 am | by GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid a growing political backlash, state regulators on Thursday ordered one of Florida's largest power companies to give back $54 million it collected from ratepayers to pay for a failed nuclear plant.                              

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