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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.

New BP Business For Onshore Assets

March 4, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                          

Tesoro CA Restarts After Incident

March 3, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say a Northern California refinery can restart a unit that was shut down after a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.                                  

Conflict In Ukraine Spikes Oil Prices

March 3, 2014 11:05 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil prices jumped nearly two dollars a barrel Monday as Russia's military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.                       

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Valero Energy CEO Bill Kleese is stepping down from his post on May 1. The 67-year-old Kleese will remain with the refiner as chairman.

Valero Energy CEO Stepping Down

March 3, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Valero Energy CEO Bill Klesse is stepping down from his post on May 1. 67-year-old Klesse will remain with the refiner as chairman.                                 

Minerals Technologies is boosting its offer for Amcol International again, as bidding for the minerals and oilfield services company heats up.

Minerals Tech Ups Amcol Offer

March 3, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Minerals Technologies is boosting its offer for Amcol International again, as bidding for the minerals and oilfield services company heats up.                               

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Chevron's Pizza Apology Blunder Goes Viral

February 28, 2014 7:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire near a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apologize for this kind of accident and what will this viral snafu mean for Chevron?

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

Winter Weather Puts The Freeze On Economic Expansion

February 28, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

Seasonal factors from an unusual winter across the country have likely skewed statistical reporting from government agencies despite attempts to adjust for them.                         

Risks High As AK Takes On LNG Project Alone

February 27, 2014 11:20 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell told the House Resources Committee on Wednesday that if the state pursues the gas treatment plant and pipeline project without TransCanada Corp. as a partner, Alaska's share of project costs could be more than half the state's unrestricted general fund revenue near the start of construction, around 2020.

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Construction To Begin On Alternative Fuel Facility

February 27, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cool Planet Energy Systems will begin construction soon on its alternative fuel production facility at the Port of Alexandria.                                        

Shell Nigeria Closes Major Pipeline

February 27, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell Nigeria says it has closed a 6,000-kilometer (3,700-mile) oil pipeline to repair leaks from oil theft.                                           

Coal Export Value On The Rise

February 27, 2014 10:46 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Although coal trade only accounts for about 5% of trade flows in energy fuels, the volume of U.S. coal exports has steadily increased, from 50 million short tons (MMst) in 2005 to a record 126 MMst in 2012.               

The Changing Energy Marketplace

February 26, 2014 2:24 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have found a new weapon in their battle with production costs – energy savings. Whether by generating their own electricity, negotiating with their local utility, or managing their production process to take advantage of price signals in the energy marketplace, manufacturers are taking an active role determining the energy component of their product costs.

KY Universities Chosen For Obama's Manufacturing Institutes

February 26, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's two largest universities are involved in two Pentagon-led institutes to boost advanced high-tech manufacturing announced by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.                           

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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.

Duke Energy Forced To Move Away From River

February 26, 2014 10:36 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators say they may force Duke Energy to move a pair of leaky coal ash dumps, more than three weeks after a massive spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge.

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Creditors Question Freedom Industries In Court

February 26, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness Calculator Released

February 26, 2014 10:20 am | by PMMI | News | Comments

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies in 2011, has released an Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Opportunity Calculator.                   

President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Announces New Manufacturing Hubs

February 25, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.                              

Keystone Route Fight Headed To NE Supreme Court

February 25, 2014 10:22 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Monday that its proposed route through Nebraska is still legally valid until a higher court decides whether the state's current pipeline law is constitutional.                            

Oil Imports On The Decline

February 25, 2014 9:50 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The drop in net imports of oil (crude and petroleum products combined) was the major contributor to the United States reaching its lowest net trade deficit in November 2013 since 2009.                      

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

February 25, 2014 2:14 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Blogs | Comments

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico. 

2 Methanol Plants Planned For OR

February 24, 2014 11:22 am | by ERIK OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Low natural gas prices are causing a boom in methanol manufacturing nationwide, and the Lower Columbia region should be quick to seize on the skilled jobs and tax revenue that the clean industry will bring.                        

Gas Boom Expected To Boost PA Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 11:00 am | by TIMOTHY PUKO, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

The gas boom could be the biggest opportunity for local manufacturers in at least 30 years, company officials said.                                                          

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 Sells Australian Assets For $2.6B

February 21, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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).                         

NY Village Appeals Ban On Fracking Water Sales

February 20, 2014 4:10 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups and a Steuben County village are headed to an appeals court over water sales to a Shell Oil Company subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

Nuclear Whistleblower Firings Under Investigation

February 20, 2014 4:08 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wants an investigation into the treatment of whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, after two were fired in the past five months after raising safety concerns about the construction of a $13 billion plant to treat the site's most dangerous radioactive wastes.

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