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Explosion On Gulf Platform Kills 1, Injures 3

November 21, 2014 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three.                    

Report: Bird Needs Buffer From Drilling

November 21, 2014 11:19 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding...

PG&E Fined $10.8M Over Calif. Natural Gas Blast

November 21, 2014 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been fined $10.85 million for a March natural gas explosion...

Dow Chemical Agrees To Add Board Members

November 21, 2014 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to add four new members to its board of directors after pressure...

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Tribal Head To Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks

November 21, 2014 10:57 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent.   

EPA Approves 2 Permits For Texas Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas.                  

U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged In October

November 20, 2014 11:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.                     

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 20, 2014 11:20 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?          

Toyota To Start Sales Of Fuel Cell Car

November 18, 2014 3:35 pm | by Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press | News | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.            

'Red Warning Lights Are Flashing' For Global Economy

November 18, 2014 3:28 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global economy's problems seem to be multiplying. Among major economies, only the United States and Britain are growing at decent rates, and how long that lasts depends on how much trouble their trading partners are in.     

What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits.                             

EnerG2, BASF Announce Multifaceted Partnership

November 18, 2014 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EnerG2, a Seattle-based company manufacturing advanced carbon materials for next-generation energy storage devices, and BASF, the world's leading chemical company, have announced a strategic partnership.        

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U.S. Producer Prices Rise In October

November 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.                 

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Mark Adair | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?   

California Accuses BP Of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | News | Comments

BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state, California and a fired BP employee allege. The BP employee, who had helped administer $2 billion in exclusive gas contracts with California, filed the case as a whistleblower.

Bhopal Survivors Promised Additional Compensation

November 17, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

The government had claims for 5,295 deaths, 4,902 cases of permanent disability and 42 cases of severe injury relating to the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak. Activists have been calling for 22,917 deaths, 508,432 cases of permanent disability and 33,781 cases of severe injury to be included in the petition.

Whiskey Fungus Lawsuit Gets Second Life

November 17, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Dant Clayton makes and installs stadium seating, but says the whiskey fungus is destroying his inventory. In a matter of months, aluminum seating samples that can cost $25,000 to make are so covered with black spots that they can't show them to prospective clients.

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Cause Of Leak That Killed Four Plant Workers Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 9:22 am | News | Comments

DuPont officials said it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. The workers were exposed early Saturday while responding to the leak that started around 4 a.m.

Pot Auction Brings In $600K

November 17, 2014 9:16 am | News | Comments

Fireweed Farms sold about 300 pounds of pot to state-licensed processors and retailers. Bidding took place under a black tent fronted by tall heaters, and the event was monitored by at least two representatives of the Washington Liquor Control Board. Bidders could smell plastic bags before offering a bid, but consumption was forbidden.

Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes For $34.6 Billion

November 17, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion. The deal comes just days after talks had stalled and Halliburton prepared to go hostile with its takeover bid. The combined company would generate slightly larger revenue than Schlumberger Ltd., the world's biggest oil services company.

Forget The Garage, GE Research Was Born In A Barn

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by GE Reports | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday, GE added Brazil to its list of global research centers when it opened the Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro, its first R&D center in Latin America. The gleaming $500 million center has come a long way since GE’s R&D beginning more than a century ago: a barn behind the house of engineer Charles Steinmetz.

Judge Sticks To BP Gross Negligence Ruling

November 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin McGill, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence." It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant.         

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries' Remediation Efforts May Be Lightened

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Previous agreements required Freedom to remove all contaminated soil and groundwater. The new agreement leaves that option on the table, but also allows Freedom to apply for the Land Restoration Voluntary Remediation Program. During bankruptcy proceedings company officials have said this program would be less expensive.

Fracking Accident Leads To Fatality In Colorado

November 14, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line in below zero temperatures at the well site when it ruptured. One man was hit by a stream of water and died from the impact.                                          

29 Deaths Lead To Indictment Of "The Dark Lord Of Coal Country"

November 14, 2014 10:37 am | by John Raby and Allen G. Breed, AP | News | Comments

Don Blankenship has become the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy stemming from the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

Pollution Settlement Reached Over Paper Mill Chemical Disposal

November 14, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Two of three businesses targeted by Harris County prosecutors  in a lawsuit over polluting the San Jacinto River in Texas with poisonous paper-mill waste have agreed to pay $29 million to the county and state. The EPA says the compound in question is so toxic that there is no safe level of exposure.

2015 Could See U.S. Produce Most Oil In Over 40 Years

November 13, 2014 1:34 pm | News | Comments

However, there is significant uncertainty over the crude oil price forecast because of the range of potential supply responses from OPEC, particularly Saudi Arabia, as U.S oil producers project higher production levels that would drive prices down.

Company Exposed Workers to Amputation, Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 1:11 pm | News | Comments

According to OSHA, service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods, Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.

Illinois Lawsuit Targets Fracking Rules

November 13, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction, claiming the DNR violated several rulemaking procedures.

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