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Shale Gas Industry "Ripe For Noncompliance" With Wage Law

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

The “fissured landscape” of the shale gas industry is drawing regulators’ eyes as they seek to enforce labor laws, U.S. Department of Labor officials said. The department announced an agreement with roughly 145 oil and gas employers to pay a combined $4.5 million in back wages to 5,300 workers.

How Your Carton of Milk Could be Changing

December 11, 2014 11:31 am | by Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | News | Comments

The dairy industry is eyeing package innovations to boost slumping sales. Changes could include products such as milk cartons that don’t require refrigeration until they’re opened. Shifting consumer habits, more drink choices and a lack of dairy product innovation are behind the steady decline in milk sales.

Russian Scientist Predicts Spread of Nuclear Plants—How Many Will Dot The Globe?

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Press Trust of India | Articles | Comments

Despite the environmental risks, because nuclear power can improve a country's fuel balance, increase the share of high-tech products in GDP and exports, and be a potential solution to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, one Russian nuclear scientist predicts a swath of new plants. Just how many could we see in 15 years?

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Shale: A Game-Changer For U.S. Manufacturers

December 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Articles | Comments

In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes. The report, titled “Shale Gas: Still a Boon For U.S. Manufacturing?” studied key areas such as cost savings, and estimated that the “shale effect” could save U.S. manufacturing $22.3 billion annually by 2030, assuming a high natural gas recovery and low-price scenario.

Air Fares Dipping Thanks to Oil Slump

December 10, 2014 5:21 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flying could get cheaper next year as airlines say they will finally start passing on some of the savings made on plummeting oil prices. Carriers are forecasting record profits for 2015 thanks to cheaper fuel and rising demand. As a result, they expect to cut the average ticket price by 5 percent in 2015, excluding surcharges and taxes.

Chinese Chemical Company Looks at Buying Lousiana School

December 10, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. James Parish School Board has voted to declare St. James High School as surplus property, an action designed to speed its sale. Officials say China-based Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a corporation set to begin building a $1.85 billion ethanol plant adjacent to the school site, is interested in the property.

New 3-D Printing Technology Enters Aerospace and Industrial Manufacturing Market

December 10, 2014 10:41 am | by GlobeNewswire, Los Angeles | News | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM) announced the launch and availability of the first two grades of its OXFAB 3-D printing technology (OXFAB-N and OXFAB-ESD) for aerospace and industrial applications. OXFAB is OPM's proprietary technology platform and formulation of poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK), a high performance polymer.

Picturing And Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 4:32 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | News | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility— Kodak.  

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Mine Land-Swap Vote Imminent in Senate

December 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Emily Bregel, The Arizona Daily Star | News | Comments

A U.S. Senate decision is imminent on legislation that would ease the way for a massive copper mine 100 miles north of Tucson. The Senate could vote Wednesday or Thursday on the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a bill to give 2,400 acres of national forest land near Superior to a foreign mining company.

Gold at The Crossroads: Is The Worst Over or is There More Pain Ahead?

December 9, 2014 10:02 am | by RICHARD BAKER, Elko Daily Free Press; Elko, N.V. | Articles | Comments

So far this year gold has held its value relative to silver, copper, oil and two major currencies; the euro and Japanese yen. A confirmed bottom in U.S. dollar price is the first step to better days.  It is hard to bet against King Dollar but gold presently has a stronger hand than these commodities. Why?

Cheap Gas, Crumbling Infrastructure Spark Fuel Tax Talk

December 8, 2014 12:06 pm | by Elaine S. Povich, Stateline.org | News | Comments

While consumers rejoice at lower gasoline prices, states with fuel taxes that increase or decrease with the wholesale price of gasoline or the inflation rate are struggling to deal with declining revenues. Even in states with a per-gallon tax, fuel-efficient cars and reduced driving have combined to lower revenues from gas taxes, which are often dedicated to road maintenance and construction.

New Dickinson Refinery Gets First Crude Shipment

December 8, 2014 11:49 am | by KXMB-TV, Bismarck, N.D. | News | Comments

A new oil refinery near Dickinson is ramping up to begin producing diesel fuel. KXMB-TV reports that the $350 million Dakota Prairie Refinery received its first shipment of 27,000 barrels of crude last week. Once the plant is fully operational, it will process 20,000 barrels of crude each day into diesel and other products.

E-cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms

December 8, 2014 10:47 am | by WVLT, Knoxville, Tenn. | News | Comments

E-cigarette technology is taking off and federal officials say the race to innovate could make creating standards the devices more difficult in the future. The popular contraptions that heat a liquid to create vapor rather than burning tobacco have changed dramatically from those first introduced just a few years ago.

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Executive Meeting: Up Close and Personal With Robert Watson Jr.

December 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Sharon Dunnsdunn, Energy Pipeline | Articles | Comments

He's young, he's got two young kids and he lives to do anything outdoors. Robert Watson Jr., of San Antonio, also runs an oil and gas company, EnerJex Resources, which just moved into Weld County's rich resource plays with a small acquisition of about 4,000 acres.

Pack Expo Top 10

December 5, 2014 3:40 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo. We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the skills gap, the omnipresent Internet of Things, and other exciting ideas and products.

Oil Price Drop Threatens $150 Billion in Investments

December 5, 2014 1:31 pm | by Press Trust of India | News | Comments

The continued fall of oil prices could lead to postponement of $150 billion worth of projects in the sector worldwide, a Norwegian consulting firm said today. "Everything will depend on what oil companies decide to do, but if they don't exploit the fields which break even with the barrel above $80, $150 billion will go down the drain," chief analyst at Rystad Energy, Per Magnus Nysveen, tells AFP.

China Launches Nuclear Power Expansion Scheme

December 5, 2014 1:20 pm | by Press Trust of India | News | Comments

China today launched a major scheme to expand its large network of nuclear power plants, brushing aside remarks by its atomic regulator that the new Chinese technology is still not completely up to standards. The National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planner, yesterday announced plans to develop offshore nuclear power projects.

Major Growth in 3D Printing Prompts Launch of Joint Industry Project

December 5, 2014 11:21 am | by Lloyd's Register Energy | Articles | Comments

Today, Lloyd’s Register Energy launched a joint industry project (JIP) inviting companies from across the world to tackle the current and future issues faced by manufacturers supplying the energy industry—the latest JIP focuses on additive manufacturing.  

Renewable Energy Advocates Call on Senate to Extend Tax Credits

December 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Brendan Gibbons, The Times-Tribune; Scranton, Pa. | News | Comments

After the U.S. House extended tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency, environmental advocates and renewable energy businesses are hoping to make them stick. “The Senate needs to act now to ensure a clean energy future,” said Chloe Coffman, campaign organizer with PennEnvironment.

Oil Prices Help Shrink America's Trade Gap

December 5, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In September, the deficit rose to $43 billion as American exports slumped. The drop in exports was seen as a sign that the U.S. economy was beginning to feel the impact of weakening global growth. But economists believe the trade gap, the difference between imports and exports, will narrow a bit in October, reflecting a fall in world oil prices that will lower American's bills for imported oil.

Deal For Superior Mine Inserted Into Defense Bill

December 4, 2014 12:52 pm | by Emily Bregel, The Arizona Daily Star; Tucson | News | Comments

A controversial bill to privatize national forest land in Arizona has been tucked into the national defense spending bill, to the dismay of those fighting a mining company's efforts to buy the land. If approved, the legislation would open the door for a massive copper mine 100 miles north of Tucson.

Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 4, 2014 11:28 am | by David Nelson | Articles | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. Where will the trends take us in 2015? In the coming year, expect manufacturing to continue to be a bright spot—and potential lifesaver—for the U.S. economy. Here are my five predictions for 2015 and beyond.

Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 4, 2014 10:45 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill remains on track for a trial next year, despite defense efforts to have the charges dismissed. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday declined to throw out one count against David Rainey and took under advisement defense motions to throw out another, a Justice Department spokesman said after the morning hearing.

'Gas Wars' Break Out When Price Falls Below $2

December 4, 2014 10:27 am | by Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY | News | Comments

How low are gas prices going? So low that "gas wars," a term not heard in many places since the early 1970s, are breaking out. With gasoline prices crashing, stations are scrambling to stay ahead of each other when it comes to price cuts. It's a boon to consumers who have long griped about sky-high gas prices.

Iraqi Government and Kurds Reach Deal to Share Oil Revenues

December 3, 2014 2:59 pm | by New York Times | News | Comments

In a far-reaching deal that helps reunite Iraq in the face of a bitter war with Islamic extremists, the central government agreed on Tuesday to a long-term pact with the autonomous Kurdish region to share the country’s oil wealth and military resources. The agreement, which could unite Iraq in the face of a Sunni insurgency, covers the sharing of oil revenues with the autonomous Kurdish region.

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