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Ameren To Close Meramec Coal Plant By 2022

July 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ameren Missouri has told state regulators it will shut down the 61-year-old Meramec coal-fired plant in Oakville by 2022, or possibly sooner pending stricter rules on greenhouse gas emissions.                

4 Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

July 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. And you’re not alone. When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.

Coal & Gas Waste Treatment Plant Closes

July 7, 2014 10:33 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that treated wastewater from coal mines and gas drilling operations near Pittsburgh has closed and state officials are scrambling to clean up a mess that's still there.                 

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3M: $11.2M Upgrade To Begin

July 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A north Alabama chemical facility is getting an $11.2 million upgrade as part of plans for expanded operations that will create 13 new jobs at salaries well the state's median household income.            

Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 10:26 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

Steel Imports Undermining American Business During Shale Boom

July 7, 2014 10:16 am | by John D. Oravecz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

The steel industry was expected to benefit greatly from the domestic boom in oil and gas drilling. But the anticipated windfall from supplying drilling companies with tubular steel for oil and gas pipelines is being undermined by a flood of cheap imports. American steelmakers have blamed foreign dumping for causing a severe oversupply and depressing prices.

Honeywell Upgrades Qatar Petrochemicals Expansion

July 2, 2014 12:43 pm | by Honeywell Process Solutions | News | Comments

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions announced that it will supply a new integrated control and safety system for Qatar Fuel Additives Company's (QAFAC) Mesaieed Industrial City plant, 50 kilometers south of Doha.                            

Idled West Virginia Plant Back In Business

July 2, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Felman Production is restarting its idled plant in Mason County following an agreement with Appalachian Power on a special electricity rate for the facility.                             

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ISM: Manufacturing On Solid Ground For The Rest Of 2014

July 2, 2014 12:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.            

Manufacturing Gains Offer Encouraging News For Automation Industry

July 2, 2014 12:01 pm | by Control System Integrators Association | News | Comments

As U.S. manufacturing recorded the greatest monthly increase so far in 2014, a recent survey involving members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) also points to an upswing in the automation industry.                 

Vectren Sells Coal-Mining Subsidiary

July 2, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Indiana's largest natural-gas utilities is selling its coal-mining subsidiary to a southern Indiana-based coal-mining company, putting more than 800 coal miners' jobs at risk.                   

Stone Energy Sells Gulf Tracts For $200M

July 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stone Energy Corp. of Lafayette is selling some oil and gas properties on the Gulf of Mexico shelf to Talos Energy Offshore LLC of Houston for $200 million cash.                      

Petroleum Refinery Capacity Up, Ownership Shifts

July 1, 2014 4:16 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

As of January 1, 2014, there were 139 operating refineries and three idle refineries with total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity (ACDU) of 17.9 million barrels per calendar day (bbl/cd), a 101,000-bbl/cd increase in capacity from January 1, 2013.

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U.S. Manufacturers Expanded In June

July 1, 2014 10:57 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew in June for the 13th straight month. But the pace of the expansion slowed from May.                                       

Texas & North Dakota Lead In Crude Production

July 1, 2014 10:46 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total.                          

Oil Gains As China Manufacturing Improves

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil rose Tuesday on expectations for stronger demand following an improvement in manufacturing activity in China, the world's biggest oil importer.                              

Supreme Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 1, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.                         

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

2014 Comprehensive Economic Profile Of American Chemistry

June 30, 2014 3:07 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued its 2014 edition of the Guide to the Business of Chemistry, a detailed economic profile of the chemistry industry and its contributions to the U.S. and world economies.                           

ConAgra Completes Oregon Expansion

June 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. has completed a $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon.                                    

Judge Lets State Intervene In Pebble Case

June 30, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska is now party to a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its involvement with the proposed Pebble Mine.                                      

Supreme Court Won't Hear Fuel Standard Dispute

June 30, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                          

PPG Industries Buying Comex For $2.3B

June 30, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Paint and coatings maker PPG Industries is buying Consorcio Comex SA de CV for $2.3 billion to help bolster its architectural coatings presence in Mexico and Central America.                           

Devon Energy Sells Assets For $2.3B

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas exploration company Devon Energy Corp. is selling some U.S. oil and gas properties to Linn Energy LLC for $2.3 billion.                                

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 Seeks Restitution For Overpayments

June 30, 2014 11:02 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants a federal judge to order restitution — plus interest — of what it says are hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments to some businesses that claimed losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                      

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Economy Continues Upward Trend Despite Global Unrest

June 30, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

Measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA), the CAB’s 0.5 percent gain beat the average first quarter monthly gains of 0.3 percent. Though the pace of growth has slowed significantly, gains in June have brought the CAB up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year.

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