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Meeting of Md. Panel Studying Drilling Practices Postponed

March 25, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

State officials have postponed a meeting of a panel studying natural gas drilling plans in western Maryland. The panel was to have met Monday in Cumberland to discuss drilling practices employed elsewhere. The meeting was postponed because of predictions of bad weather.

Despite Bill, Uncertainty About Wis. Mining Remains

March 25, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

Although Gov. Scott Walker has signed a mining bill aimed at encouraging construction of an iron mine in northern Wisconsin, there's still uncertainty about the future of mining in the state. And looking to neighboring states for perspective doesn't clear things up very much.

Sierra Club Blasts New Plan to Improve Fracking

March 22, 2013 3:36 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sierra Club and some other environmental groups are harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standards for fracking. The criticism Thursday came a day after two of the nation's biggest oil and gas companies made peace with some national and regional environmental groups, agreeing to go through an independent review of their shale oil and gas drilling operations in the Northeast.

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Syringe Pumps with Touchscreens

March 20, 2013 1:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cole-Parmer introduces three new syringe pumps with touchscreen technology, allowing users to quickly recall previous configurations or create new ones.

Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 2

March 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by JIM LANE, Editor, Biofuels Digest | Blogs | Comments

Productivity and power are linked — the lesson of history not lost on the Soviets. For when their productivity fell — so too did their fall from power hasten and hurry. To avoid this fate, the Communists bet their collective and collectivist society on single-celled yeasts and algae.

Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 1

March 20, 2013 12:38 pm | Blogs | Comments

Those darn little one-celled freedom fighters. Making themselves unpalatable to cattle — is it really possible that they brought down the old regime and ended the Cold War?  

Environmentally Friendly Pest Management

March 19, 2013 6:45 am | by PATRICK T. COPPS, MS, B.C.E., Technical Services Manager, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

The push to use environmentally friendly methods in plant operations, including pest management, continues to gain traction. Conservation and recycling efforts now play a major part in our daily lives, whether at home, at work or at another public place. But what about your facility?

Five Ideal Participants for Demand Response

March 14, 2013 12:37 pm | Blogs | Comments

Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand.

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Reduce Your Facility’s Dust Levels

March 14, 2013 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Airflow Systems Inc.’s PCH series of portable dust collection systems provides source-point collection of airborne contaminants and prevents contaminants from migrating throughout the facility to settle on equipment and fixtures.

Array Fracking Extracts Oil Safely Effectively

March 13, 2013 5:11 am | Blogs | Comments

It looks like we may have more available oil than we thought, thanks to a new procedure called array fracking . What does that mean? It means that the oil boys are drilling the oil holes closer together.

Plastic Could Be Made from Shrimp

March 8, 2013 10:20 am | by the European Research Media Center, Youris.com | Articles | Comments

Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions.  

EXPLORING ENERGY: Q&A: The Solar Advantage

March 8, 2013 4:33 am | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info’s   monthly Exploring Energy feature provides readers with a chance to familiarize themselves with energy technologies and processes, both new and old. In this installment, we explore solar power.

Scratch Resistance for Demanding Coatings Applications

March 7, 2013 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Sartomer USA, LLC offers CN9062, a liquid high-functionality oligomer that brings significant scratch resistance to demanding coatings applications.

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Pine Sap Makes 'Ever-Green' Plastics

February 28, 2013 8:44 am | by Univ. of South Carolina | Articles | Comments

Chuanbing Tang is developing new plastics that are “green” from the cradle to the grave. Given that the new polymers he’s working on often come from pine trees, firs and other conifers, he’s giving the word “evergreen” added resonance.

EPA Rules on Cadmium Exposure Raise Liability Risk

February 26, 2013 6:49 am | by Michael Gruver, Lawyer, Kaye Scholer and Glenn Pogust, Partner, Kaye Scholer | Articles | Comments

In December 2012, the EPA announced new standards for the reporting of safety data related to cadmium exposure. The new requirements apply to manufacturers of products that contain cadmium in any component part.

Three Ways to Automate Conventional Storage Functions

February 25, 2013 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic introduces a set of warehouse solutions for high-density pallet storage, engineered to support production and distribution operations that need an effective way to receive, store and ship full or mixed case pallet loads.

The End of the Shale Era, Part 2

February 25, 2013 9:21 am | Blogs | Comments

For the smaller juniors, this is not a long-term game and blowing all your capital to drill a single unconventional well in a risky frontier won't pay off. Canada still has plenty to offer for juniors.

Beijing's Pollution Alarms Neighbors

February 19, 2013 9:40 am | Blogs | Comments

According to a Chinese Academy of Engineering specialist in respiratory diseases, speaking about Beijing's current pollution levels, "the pollution is more frightening than SARS."

Battle Lines Set over Keystone Pipeline

February 15, 2013 11:35 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Obama Administration is expected to decide the fate of the pipeline project in 2013, and the debate between protestors and TransCanada continues.  

More Efficient Oil Removal

February 14, 2013 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Abanaki Corp. presents its Might Mini® SST oil skimmer as the solution to unwanted oil in coolants and parts washers.

How to Clean Up Oil Spills

February 14, 2013 9:39 am | by MIT | Articles | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water that could be used to clean up oil spills. They believe that, with their technique, the oil could be recovered for use, offsetting much of the cost of cleanup.

Skimming Oil from Water

February 11, 2013 4:17 am | by Abanaki | Videos | Comments

Abanaki's Oil Viper Tube Skimmer is an ideal, low-cost solution for separating oil from water. This video shows the Viper in action.  

World-Class Brewery Fears Fracking Will Ruin Product

February 4, 2013 11:04 am | by MSNBC | Videos | Comments

In Cooperstown, NY, the CEO of Ommegang Brewery is proud of what his company brews, but is concerned that fracking will ruin his pitch-perfect ingredient: water.

The Biggest Biofuels Myths Demystified

February 1, 2013 4:43 am | by JIM LANE, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Blogs | Comments

When headlines run dire, ask yourself: Are they real? Here is a guide to managing the myth minefield -- and the roaring trade in disinformation about biofuels, feedstocks and impact.

The Major Climate Threat to Supply Chains

February 1, 2013 4:27 am | by CDP & ACCENTURE | Blogs | Comments

About 70 percent of companies believe climate change can significantly affect their revenue, a risk intensified by a chasm between sustainable businesses and their suppliers.

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