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Court Sides With Minnesota Frack Sand Mine

June 17, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has turned back a challenge to Winona County newest frack sand mine. Twelve residents challenged the county board's approval for a condition use permit for the 19-acre sand mine in Saratoga Township.                      

Foundation Sells Off Mining Company Shares

June 17, 2014 1:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bristol Bay Native Corp. Education Foundation has sold the shares it received as a gift in the company that owns the proposed Pebble Mine.                             

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 $5B Stake In Woodside

June 17, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it is selling a 19 percent stake in Australia's Woodside Petroleum Limited, worth around $5 billion.                                       


How Trustworthy Is The Data You’re Using?

June 17, 2014 9:07 am | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

How are your engineering and sales teams gathering they data they use to make decisions? Are they getting it from reputable sources? Rich Garvin, the Training & Development Manager at Knovel, offers some guidance as to how to do web-based research - safely.

Bio-Based Chemicals Get Boost From Shale Gas Boom

June 17, 2014 1:00 am | by IHS | News | Comments

Sugars, glycerin and other plant-derived feedstocks are emerging as economically competitive starting materials for a range of commodity chemicals, in part, because of tight supplies of conventional feedstocks such as propylene, isobutylene, butadiene and isoprene.

Pipeline Shares Skyrocket After Natural Gas Processor Purchase

June 16, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Williams Cos. hit an all-time high Monday after the pipeline operator agreed to buy a part of natural gas processor Access Midstream Partners LP for nearly $6 billion.                               

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

'Pink Slime' Sales Rebounding

June 16, 2014 2:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.                                       

Power Plant Debate Starts War Of Statistics

June 16, 2014 11:23 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.               


Oilfield Company Leaves Switzerland Over Pay Rules

June 16, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The oilfield services company Weatherford International Ltd. says shareholders have approved a move from Switzerland to Ireland.                                       

The Income Gap Widens As American Factories Close Their Doors

June 16, 2014 11:02 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The downfall of manufacturing in the U.S. has done more than displace workers and leave communities searching for ways to rebuild devastated economies. In American factory towns, manufacturing's decline is a key factor in the widening income gap between the rich and everyone else, as workers are forced into far lower-paying jobs.

U.S. Crude Exports At Highest Level In 15 Years

June 16, 2014 10:52 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The United States exported 268,000 barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil in April (the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau), the highest level of exports in 15 years.                              

Judge Backs Alberta Clipper Pipeline Expansion

June 13, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An administrative law judge recommended that Minnesota regulators approve an expansion of Enbridge Energy's Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.                         

Dept. Of The Interior Seeks Over $500K From Gas Developer

June 13, 2014 10:08 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Interior Department office that oversees revenue collection from oil and gas leases announced that it is seeking a $533,520 civil penalty against a gas developer the agency said failed to report production on federal leases in northeast Wyoming.


Nebraska Company Cited For Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that it has placed the Geneva-based Bioiberica Nebraska in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.                       

OPEC: The Price Of Oil Is Just Right

June 12, 2014 10:15 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe are balancing each other out instead of wreaking havoc. This has helped world oil prices stay high enough to provide OPEC countries with robust income, but not so high that they scare customers away from buying more of their precious product.

Consol & Noble Energy Form Pipeline Venture

June 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas producers Consol Energy and Noble Energy said that they plan to form a new publicly traded joint venture that will operate natural-gas pipelines in the Marcellus Shale region in the Eastern U.S.                              

Pacific Future Energy Corp. Announces $10B Bitumen Refinery Project

June 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Pacific Future Energy Corp. | News | Comments

Pacific Future Energy Corporation announced today its plan to build and operate the world's greenest refinery on British Columbia's north coast.                                 

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.

Judge Questions Lawyer Fees In Freedom Industries Trial

June 11, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge is questioning whether highly paid lawyers are helping keep money in a bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply.                       

Short-Term Energy Outlook

June 11, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Natural gas working inventories on May 30 totaled 1.50 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), 0.74 Tcf (33%) below the level at the same time a year ago and 0.90 Tcf (37%) below the previous five-year average (2009-13).                        

$400M Investment Will Spur Oil Drilling In Louisiana & Mississippi

June 10, 2014 10:54 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A private equity firm will invest up to $400 million to support efforts by Houston-based Halcón Resources Corp to drill for oil on the 314,000 acres that Halcón has leased in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale of southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana. 

Natural Gas Investor Drops $4.25B On Shale

June 10, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas wildcatter Aubrey McClendon's American Energy Partners LP has invested $4.25 billion in lease holdings and drilling rights in four states.                          

Recycling Chemicals In The Heartland

June 9, 2014 5:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Ranging from feedstock such as used antifreeze to applications that include aerospace coatings, ORG CHEM Group has thrived by finding unique and profitable ways to recycle and repurpose what many saw as simply chemical byproducts, or even waste.

Millennial Energy Partners, LLC Closes Upstream Oil And Gas Fund

June 9, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Millennial Energy Partners, LLC announced that it has closed Millennial PDP Fund V, LP through a private placement conducted under Regulation D. Millennial has organized Fund V primarily to acquire non-operated oil and gas working interests in various basins throughout the United States.

Manufacturing Production Predicted To Keep Increasing

June 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.                               

With Great Growth Projected, Is Your Company Ready?

June 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Tim Robertson, Vice President, Marketing & Sales U.S., DHL Global Forwarding | Articles | Comments

DHL Global Forwarding held its first annual U.S. Chemicals Supply Chain Conference last month to discuss the challenges, security and various global economic factors pushing the industry’s growth in Europe and shale gas production in the U.S. Chem.Info sat down with Tim Robertson to talk more about this projected growth and how companies can prepare for it. 

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