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Nebraska Ethanol Plant Reopens

August 6, 2014 3:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A corn-fed ethanol plant in south-central Nebraska that has been idle since 2012 has reopened thanks to an improved market, a company executive said.                       

Alpha Natural Resources Posts Big Q2 Loss

August 6, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bristol, Virginia-based company posted a loss of $512.6 million, or $2.32 per share, compared with a loss of $185.7 million, or 84 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.                    

Oklahoma Fertilizer Plant Expansion To Start This Fall

August 6, 2014 3:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Enid News and Eagle reports the Koch Nitrogen plant expansion in Enid is expected to increase the company's ammonia production by more than 1 million tons each year.                              

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Fracking Stocks Bring In High Investor Returns

August 6, 2014 10:04 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies that provide hydraulic fracturing technologies and other services in the North Dakota oil patch and elsewhere aren't the only ones making money. People who invest in them are also having a good year.                                       

Growth Continues In The Marcellus

August 5, 2014 3:42 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Adminstration | News | Comments

Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) through July. The Marcellus Region, mostly located in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is the largest producing shale gas basin in the United States, accounting for almost 40% of U.S. shale gas production. Marcellus Region production has increased dramatically over the past four years, increasing from 2 Bcf/d in 2010 to its current level.

Factory Orders Rise 1.1% In June

August 5, 2014 3:35 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1 percent compared to the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Factory orders had fallen 0.6 percent in May after three straight months of gains.                         

$15M Investment Planned For Geismar Biofuel Plant

August 5, 2014 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company's Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat.                              

Reshoring A Growth Driver In Powder Coating Industry

August 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by Powder Coating Institute | News | Comments

After more than two decades of "reshoring" or "off-shoring" manufacturing production to low-cost labor countries like China, U.S.-based companies are bringing their operations back home – resulting in the increasing need of skilled technical experts and coating professionals. 

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New Ozone Regulations Could Cost U.S. GDP & Jobs

August 4, 2014 4:36 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

A new study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals that a more stringent ozone standard from the Obama Administration could reduce GDP by $270 billion per year and carry a compliance price tag of $2.2 trillion from 2017 to 2040, increasing energy costs and placing millions of jobs at risk.

Mississippi Power Settles Coal Litigation

August 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by JACK ELLIOTT JR., Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County.

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

Coal Struggle Endures With WV Miner Layoffs

August 4, 2014 10:32 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Alpha partly laid blame on EPA regulation for layoff plans, it set off a chain reaction of political finger-pointing in West Virginia. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state's fears over EPA rules became reality. Several GOP congressional candidates heightened attacks against Democratic foes for being on the same side as Obama.

At sites across the country, coal ash dumped decades ago is dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products. In Wisconsin, for example, the utility We Energies is recycling ash for use in an interstate construction project.

TVA To Pay Coal Ash Victims $27.8M

August 4, 2014 10:24 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge that drew national attention to coal ash and its toxic contaminants.

DNR Orders Frack Sand Mine To Cease Operations

July 31, 2014 1:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered a southeastern Minnesota frack sand mine to stop operating.                                    

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ConocoPhillips Q2 Profit Up 1.5%

July 31, 2014 1:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConocoPhillips reported net income that increased by 1.5 percent in its second quarter. The results beat analysts' expectations.                                         

Sunoco Pipeline Hit With Setback

July 31, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunoco Logistics has gotten a setback to its plans to pump propane and ethane in its 300-mile Mariner East pipeline across southern Pennsylvania.                                    

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell Profits Up On Higher Oil Prices

July 31, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company, says second quarter earnings rose on higher production and higher selling prices for oil, and fewer one-time charges.                              

The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.

Exelon Buys Integrys Retail For $60M

July 30, 2014 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Integrys Energy Services, sells electricity and natural gas to about 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington DC. Exelon said the business will become part of its Constellation unit, which has about 2.5 million customers.   

Canada-Billings Pipeline Access Granted

July 30, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A refining company will be able to continue operating three pipelines that transport crude oil from Canada after a judge granted access to the final land parcel whose easement had expired.                     

Valero Energy Profit Up 26%

July 30, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported earnings that climbed by 26 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations.                                

Oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is selling its Chinese subsidiary for about $1.08 billion as it focuses more in the U.S. and Mexico.

Anadarko Petroleum Profit Drops 76%

July 30, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) on Tuesday reported net income that declined by 76 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations.                            

African Oil & Energy Sector Fuels Global Investor Growth

July 30, 2014 9:24 am | by DHL | News | Comments

While Oil and Gas activity in West Africa is nothing new, it is the activity in East Africa which is creating a stir amongst exploration companies and of course, their suppliers.                                     

Increasing Operational Efficiency By Cutting The Paper

July 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.

Kurdish Oil Stopped At Texas Port

July 29, 2014 5:08 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive.

Attorney Claims Oklahoma Drilling Tax Unconstitutional

July 29, 2014 4:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional. Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills.

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

BP Warns That Russian Sanctions Will Impact Profits

July 29, 2014 9:57 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.                           

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