To really make an impression on current and potential customers, most contractors, manufacturers and industrial service providers recognize the importance of differentiating themselves from the competition. There are plenty of companies out there who can get the job done, and so quality becomes a question of how: how well, how quickly, how … safely?
Industries across the country depend on minerals such as aluminum, copper, silver, cobalt, nickel and gold for the production of smartphones, solar panels, military body armor, MRI machines and countless other high-tech products critical to the American way of life. Here in the United States, there are more than $6.2 trillion worth of key mineral resources ready to be developed and put to good use by our nation’s manufacturers.
One of the insurers for Texas Brine Company has filed a lawsuit accusing Texas Brine of ignoring warnings about the potential for disaster if it continued mining an Assumption Parish salt dome cavern. The suit arises from the massive sinkhole created after the cavern collapsed in 2012.
New York voters have approved a proposal for an Adirondack mineral company to expand its Essex County pit mine onto 200 acres of state-owned land in exchange for 1,500 acres elsewhere. NYCO Minerals Inc. says it will restore the 200 acres and return it to the state in about 10 years.
Crest Industries, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and LED Secretary Stephen Moret, announced Tuesday it will build a $15 million galvanizing plant in the southern part of the parish to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries. The company will furnish galvanized protective coatings for utility poles and equipment.
Swiss prosecutors confirmed today that a criminal investigation has been opened against one of the world's largest processors of precious metals over allegations that it laundered gold obtained through war crimes. The Geneva-based campaign group TRIAL announced that it had filed a criminal complaint against Argor-Heraeus, claiming they processed three tons of gold ore that was obtained by pillaging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A fire described by officials as "small" prompted the shutdown of one reactor at FirstEnergy Corp.'s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania. Operators of the Shippingport plant said an electrical short occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the turbine where electricity is produced.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.
South Portland voters are deciding today whether to adopt an ordinance aimed at preventing the flow of tar sands oil to the city. Supporters said the proposal would protect the community of 25,000 residents from exposure to harmful toxins, while critics argued it would destroy existing businesses along the city's working waterfront.
A federal judge in Rhode Island is set to resentence a Texas gas company for an environmental crime, after he asked the environmental community for ideas for a punishment when his original $18 million penalty was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation.
The Ukrainian government on Tuesday signed a shale gas production-sharing agreement with the Chevron, as the country strives for energy independence from neighboring Russia. Chevron will initially invest $350 million into exploratory and drilling work in the Oleska field in western Ukraine.
The nation's largest retail propane gas dealer is going to pay $545,000 in fees, donations and penalties to settle a case that alleged the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws by not promptly removing propane storage tanks or issuing refund checks after consumers terminated propane service, the Vermont Attorney General's office said Monday.
The European Commission's energy chief says the bloc's executive arm will present a proposal on mandatory disaster insurance for nuclear power plants in coming weeks.
A reactor that was shut down for refueling Sept. 30 at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania has been restarted and is expected to reach full capacity in the next week.
Lawyers say dozens of western North Dakota mineral owners have expressed interest in joining lawsuits seeking damages from oil drilling companies for natural gas that is lost when it is burned instead of being captured as a byproduct of oil production.
A northwest Missouri horse slaughter plant is preparing to open for business today as a legal battle that stretches across the country continues to unfold. A federal judge in New Mexico last week cleared the way for equine slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S., dismissing a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups against the federal Department of Agriculture over planned plants.
The price of oil slipped closer to $94 a barrel today after falling more than 7 percent in the past month on ample supplies and muted demand. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery was down 31 cents to $94.30 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
A federal appeals court is set to hear dueling arguments on whether a judge should have approved BP's multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A year ago, BP PLC urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to approve its agreement with a team of lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money.
Lakeland Resources announced that its joint-venture partner New Dimension Resources has received the necessary permits to begin a minimum 1,800-metre diamond drill program on the company's Midas Gold Property. The Midas Gold Property, located approximately 50 kilometres northeast of the town of Wawa, in north central Ontario, consists of 12 staked claims covering 2,112 hectares.
Nucor Steel is trying to block the opening of a competing $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas by objecting to the new company's requests for environmental permits. Nucor claims that the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has a conflict of interest in regulating the plant because the state has pledged funding to help get the mill built.
Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited has announced that it has completed its acquisition of MacDermid, Incorporated, a global provider of high value-added specialty chemicals for approximately $1.8 billion and up to $100 million of contingent consideration.
The report supposedly sides with the U.S, the European Union and Japan. In a March 2012 complaint to the WTO, they said export curbs improperly favor Chinese domestic manufacturers in violation of Beijing's free-trade commitments. China has about 30 percent of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90 percent of production.
Miners, their spouses and other family members who still live at home can get up to $5,000 per person for training in high-demand fields such as healthcare, truck driving, welding, electrical engineering, HVAC repair, diesel technology and chemical processing.
Chevron said that net income fell six percent in the third quarter as weak refining results and higher operating costs offset higher oil and gas production and prices. Chevron Corporation posted net income of $4.95 billion for the quarter on revenues of $56.6 billion. The nation's second-biggest oil company earned $2.57 per share.