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PG&E To Appeal Blast Penalty

September 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people.                      

Factory Orders Up By Record Percentage

September 3, 2014 4:12 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.                            

Portland Reaches Propane Terminal Deal

September 3, 2014 10:07 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Port of Portland said it has reached an agreement with a company that wants to build a terminal to temporarily house propane imported by rail from Canada then exported by ship to Asia.                               

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Australian Company Buys $16M in Tintina Shares

September 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Australian mining company has offered to purchase a controlling share of Tintina Resources Inc., the company that proposes a copper mine in central Montana.                              

Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                                   

Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                                   

Pembina Buys Vantage Pipeline For $650M

September 2, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pembina Pipeline Corp. is buying the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.'s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant for $650 million.                                       

U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month, in part because cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down.

Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 2, 2014 10:07 am | by RON BARTIZEK, (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader | News | Comments

On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania faceed a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills and work habits they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that, while down substantially since the end of the Great Recession, has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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Why American Manufacturing Is Vital To Future Prosperity

September 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Blogs | Comments

At the 3rdannual John White, Jr. Forum on Public Policy the topic was Regional Manufacturing Hubs in the US, and we heard from a number of different experts. As noted in a recent White House report, the manufacturing industry is growing, but there is still much work to be done.

Argentina & Malaysia Reach $550M Shale Deal

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Argentina has reached a deal with Malaysian national oil company Petronas to help develop what is believed to be among the largest shale oil deposits in the world.                                       

Natural Gas Liquids Challenge Oil As Petrochemical Feedstock In North America

August 28, 2014 3:46 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

The increasing use of cost-advantaged natural gas liquids as a feedstock by North American petrochemical producers means that less propylene is being produced as a co-product by the region’s steam crackers. This trend is driving greater global need for on-purpose production of propylene, which is a key chemical building block second in demand only to ethylene, according to new research.

Gas Prices Fall Heading Into Labor Day

August 28, 2014 3:29 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.45/gallon (gal) this past Monday, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.                              

Rail Oil Deliveries Increase Through 2014

August 28, 2014 10:16 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by U.S. railroads increased 9% during the first seven months of this year compared with the same period in 2013.                     

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DuPont Fined $1.3M Over WV Chemical Leaks

August 28, 2014 10:00 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million to settle a federal complaint over eight chemical releases from a Kanawha County production facility, one of which killed a worker.                       

Alaska Voters Reject Petroleum Tax Repeal

August 28, 2014 9:57 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska voters have retained a new petroleum production tax system that offers hope of increased investment and jobs but drew criticism as a giveaway to already profitable oil companies.                           

Liquid Fuel Production Growth Offsets Supply Disruptions

August 27, 2014 10:04 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Record-setting liquid fuels production growth in the United States has more than offset the rise in unplanned global supply disruptions over the past few years, although differences in quality and location suggest that the substitution may not be exactly 1-for-1. 

Judge Approves Sale Of 3 James River Coal Mines

August 27, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of three James River Coal Co. mining complexes to a subsidiary of Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining LLC.                                     

The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

August 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.

The Impact Of Shale Gas Acceptance On The Sensors Market

August 26, 2014 4:55 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

The shale gas industry holds great promise for sensors, but it is heavily dependent on government acceptance due to the numerous environmental concerns (earthquakes, pollution) associated with fracking.                 

Exploring Advances In Sustainable Manufacturing

August 26, 2014 4:02 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

In recent years, increasing pressure from policymakers, consumers, and suppliers has prompted manufacturers to set environmental targets that go beyond reducing the pollutants they emit from their smokestacks or discharge into rivers and lakes. 

Power Generation Company Opening New Plant In SC

August 26, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania company that makes parts for power generation equipment is opening a new plant in Summerville, investing almost $8 million and creating 45 jobs.                          

Cutting Emissions Pays For Itself

August 26, 2014 10:21 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? MIT researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                           

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.

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