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Avoiding Decision Fatigue In The Engineering Change Management Process

August 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Blogs | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.         

Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed

August 25, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

Biomass Steam Plant Already Closed

August 25, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing.

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Vectren Division Sale Costs 120 Mining Jobs

August 25, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Evansville-based Vectren Corp. says 120 southwestern Indiana coal miners will lose their jobs by month's end as the natural-gas utility completes the sale of its coal-mining subsidiary.                          

U.S. Rig Count Down

August 25, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896.                                       

Dynegy To Spend $6.25B on Plant Acquisitions

August 22, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners.                           

Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuit Thrown Out

August 21, 2014 4:48 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plaintiffs say the Charleston airport's now-complete runway project contributed to the spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.                         

U.S. Goverment Sells 400K Acres Offshore Texas

August 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.                  

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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.

BP Names CEO Of U.S. Business

August 20, 2014 2:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC said Wednesday that it has hired David Lawler as CEO of the oil and gas company's U.S. business, which is gearing up to spin off into its own separate company.                     

Exporting US Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to a new Duke University-led study.

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

Chemical Production Up In July

August 19, 2014 4:04 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI), chemical production expanded by 0.4 percent in July following an downwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in June.                 

Consumer Prices Up .1% In July

August 19, 2014 10:34 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.                                           

BHP Plans Asset Split, Posts $13.8B Profit

August 19, 2014 10:14 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit.                           

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Huge Utility Line Upgrade Faces Opposition

August 18, 2014 10:49 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the biggest new electric transmission line proposals in decades is turning into a debate over fracking, renewable energy and the future of an aging energy grid.                            

Gov. Sean Parnell said critics of his administration's actions in a North Pole oil refinery's impending closure don't see behind-the-scenes work that could keep the refinery operating.

Alaskans Decide The Fate Of Oil Production Tax

August 18, 2014 10:22 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid a fog of conflicting claims, Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday to decide if the state's old system for taxing oil companies, passed in 2007 after some lawmakers were suspected of bribery, is better than the new system, a tax cut passed last year to try to attract investment from petroleum companies.

North Dakota Oil Production Continues To Grow

August 18, 2014 10:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's Industrial Commission says oil production numbers hit record highs again in the state in June as the state's booming oil industry continues to grow.                        

Manufacturing Technology Numbers Up In June

August 14, 2014 4:00 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was up 12.6% from May but down 2.1% when compared with the total of $414.26 million reported for June 2013. With a year-to-date total of $2,349.38 million, 2014 is down 2.7% compared with 2013.

ND Energy Panel Calls For $1B In Infrastructure Improvements

August 14, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group representing North Dakota's various energy sectors is recommending the state spend almost $1 billion over the next two years on roads, bridges and other infrastructure.                     

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 Shale Rights For $2.1B

August 14, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.                           

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

Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.    

State Firm Takes 83% Of Mexican Reserves

August 13, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's state-owned oil company will retain rights to exploit 83 percent of the country's proven and probable reserves, but could form alliances with private firms in some of those fields.                                            

Kentucky Gas Plant Cancelled

August 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                              

James River Coal Asset Auction Set For August 18

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Online court documents show the auction is scheduled for Aug. 18. If the successful bid contemplates a sale, a sale-approval hearing would be held Aug. 20 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond.                  

Utica Shale Region Now Included In Drilling Productivity Report

August 12, 2014 10:20 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The Utica Region in eastern Ohio, one of the fastest growing natural gas production areas in the United States, has been added to the Drilling Productivity Report. Total natural gas production in the Utica Region has increased from 155 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) in January 2012 to an estimated 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in September 2014.

Martin Midstream Pays $120M For Cardinal Gas Storage Partners

August 11, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and natural gas distributor Martin Midstream Partners said Monday it will pay $120 million to get full ownership of Cardinal Gas Storage Partners, which helps run four natural gas storage facilities in North Louisiana and Mississippi. 

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