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Report: Bulk Chemicals Expected to Lead Industrial Energy Consumption

May 29, 2015 4:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's annual energy outlook anticipated that the industrial sector's energy demand would outpace all other sectors through 2040.

Tesla Batteries Behind Florida Solar Project

May 29, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tesla's highly-touted power storage system is being put to use by a new solar panel system in Florida.

Planned Pipeline Needs OK From Many North Dakota Landowners

May 29, 2015 4:01 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company that already has obtained shipping commitments from oil companies to build a 1,100-mile pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois is having a tougher time getting permission from North Dakota landowners.


Ashland to Divest Industrial Biocides Assets to Troy Corporation

May 29, 2015 3:53 pm | News | Comments

"This divestiture reflects our continued focus on driving growth within the higher-margin core businesses where we offer greater value to our customers," said Luis Fernandez-Moreno, Ashland senior vice president and president of Ashland's Chemicals Group.

Wisconsin Governor: Obama Power Plant Rule 'Unworkable'

May 29, 2015 3:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin will not comply with the president's plan without "significant and meaningful changes," Walker said.

OSHA Aligns US Workplace Chemical Labeling With Canada

May 29, 2015 9:51 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is partnering with Health Canada to streamline chemical hazard labeling standards between the two countries.

AkzoNobel to Build Thai Coatings Plant

May 28, 2015 5:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The nearly 1.3 million-square-foot facility, located in the province of Chonburi, will begin production in the third quarter of 2016 and will support an initial annual capacity of 45,000 tons.

Never Mind Peak Oil Supply — Are we Approaching Peak Oil Demand?

May 28, 2015 4:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One expert cautions that the current gulf between oil supply and demand could be just the beginning.


Chem Industry’s Hero And Villain of The Week

May 28, 2015 3:19 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This week’s look at who’s getting kudos and who’s getting flak spotlights the go-to cleaner in oil spills, and the fracking mogul accused of trying to get earthquake researchers fired.

Croatian Dilemma: Oil in The Adriatic, or Tourism

May 28, 2015 10:37 am | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press DARKO BANDIC, Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is a high-risk problem," Fries said in a warm breeze that stirred the sea's mirrored surface. "No one wants to swim or dive in a sea with pipelines, oil platforms and tankers."

Complaint: Oilfield Worker Subjected to Hostile Workplace

May 28, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say Clark complained to a safety manager about the harassment and was terminated in retaliation.

Who Will Lose Their Job To The Machines?

May 27, 2015 5:09 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

It's good news, chemical engineers...for now.

Texas Oil Industry Largely Unaffected by Flooding

May 27, 2015 4:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

At least 31 people have been killed in Texas, Oklahoma and northern Mexico due to flooding in recent days, and analysts warn more storms are likely this week — potentially affecting the oil patch.


Vision, Response Critical for Ensuring Supply Chain Continuity

May 27, 2015 2:35 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Blogs | Comments

Just one missing product could shut down an entire operation.

Longview Port in Talks Over Oil Refinery on Columbia River

May 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.

Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 1:43 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

Exxon Shareholders to Vote on Climate Change, Fracking

May 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

That is one of several environmental and company-governance resolutions on the agenda at the oil giant's annual meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

ADM Moving Away From Ethanol, High Fructose Corn Syrup

May 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland is shifting toward new uses for corn in light of lagging demand for two of its most prominent products.

Chemical Group Lauds Vote on R&D Tax Credit

May 27, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“By nature, specialty chemical manufacturing is innovative, and many SOCMA members rely on the R&D tax credit to help them remain competitive in the global marketplace," said William Allmond, the group's senior lobbyist.

Neil Young Protests GMOs With Anti-Monsanto Album

May 26, 2015 5:19 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

While he may still be "searching for a heart of gold," Neil Young's latest move is to release an entire rock album dedicated to slamming Monsanto.

Nigeria Paying $800 Million to Oil Suppliers to End Crisis

May 26, 2015 5:11 pm | by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigeria — Africa's biggest oil producer— generates more than 2 million barrels of petroleum a day but imports the refined product because its refineries are not maintained.

Second Stepbrother Sentenced For Drilling Company Arson

May 26, 2015 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner closed the business after it suffered $1 million damage.

Despite Price Slump, it Still Pays Big to be an Oil CEO

May 26, 2015 4:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Oil prices have crashed and the industry has laid off around 100,000 workers — but many oil CEOs are still sitting pretty.

How Big Data is Influencing Chemical Manufacturing

May 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sneha Rajesh Lundia, Business Analyst, Manufacturing & Hitech SBU, Wipro Limited | Blogs | Comments

The challenge is in leveraging Big Data to manage the business better and create new opportunities.

Once Vilified, BP Now Getting Credit For Gulf Tourism Boom

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | News | Comments

Visitors bob in surf where oil once washed in, and some restaurants have 90-minute waits for dinner on the weekend.

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