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Size Of North Dakota Oil Spill Being Questioned

October 16, 2013 10:53 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

Scientists are questioning the methodology used in estimating the amount of crude oil that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline. Tesoro Corporation says it came up with its more than 20,000-barrel spill estimate on ground analysis, but oil spill experts say a more accurate assessment would likely come from analyzing pipeline flow data.

Large Electric Contactors

October 15, 2013 4:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s GH15 series of electric contactors now includes larger frame sizes.

Gas Density Meter

October 15, 2013 3:55 pm | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management has released the Micro Motion Gas Density Meter, the next generation of the Micro Motion 7812 gas density meter designed for natural gas custody transfer, refinery/fuel gas measurement, hydrogen purity monitoring and many other process gas applications. 

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Supreme Court To Determine If EPA Went Too Far

October 15, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the EPA overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants. The question is whether the agency's authority to regulate automobile emissions also applies to power plants and factories.

Property Owners Sue Over Groundwater Pollution

October 15, 2013 12:18 pm | by Vicki Smith, AP | News | Comments

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corporation over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the seven-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.

Flexible, Modular AC Variable Speed Drive

October 15, 2013 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AC30V series from Parker Hannifin combines ease-of-use with high levels of control for a wide range of applications where reliable and accurate motor speed control are key requirements. 

Fracking Water Recycling Plant Opens Amongst Debate

October 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by Casey Junkins, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register | News | Comments

City Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge usually welcomes new businesses to Warwood, West Virginia, but she doesn't plan to be on hand when GreenHunter Water opens its natural gas frack water recycling plant. Following months of planning and public debate, GreenHunter has all the permits required to begin work on the new facility.

Farmer Finds Oil While Harvesting Wheat

October 11, 2013 11:04 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while harvesting wheat says crude was bubbling up from the ground. He said he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines became coated in it.

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Corrosion: Eating the Oil Industry from the Inside Out

October 10, 2013 4:37 pm | by Tony Collins, CEO EonCoat | Articles | Comments

Corrosion has long been the bane of the oil industry, accounting for more than 25% of failures. Now a growing number of pro-active, oil and gas industry maintenance professionals are turning to a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion, extend equipment life and minimize the cost and production downtime required to repair or replace corroded equipment.

Keystone Still Running Strong In Oklahoma, Texas

October 10, 2013 11:18 am | News | Comments

A federal appeals court said a lower court was correct when it refused to temporarily stop construction of the southern end of the Keystone XL pipeline used to carry oil from Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast. The Sierra Club and others had sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the project posed environmental hazards and shouldn't have been approved. 

Polished Rod Load Cell

October 8, 2013 4:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tecsis LP now offers the Model XLDR, a compression load cell specifically designed to measure the load on oil well ‘sucker rod’ pumping systems.

Labeling Bill Raises Modified Food Debate

October 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by Sara Burnett, AP | News | Comments

Biotechnology has helped grow crops that could survive drought and insects, as well as produce higher-quality grain to feed livestock. However, the same scientific advances that have so greatly altered the agriculture industry also have made some consumers nervous about what they are putting in their bodies and what long-term effects it could have.

Fracking Opponents Focus On National Forest

October 8, 2013 1:59 pm | by Steve Szotak, AP | News | Comments

Opponents of opening the George Washington National Forest to fracking for natural gas have released a report that they say proves the drilling practice would be harmful to the largest federal forest on the East Coast. The report was issued ahead of the U.S. Forest Service's release later this fall of a management plan for the 1.1-million-acre forest.

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Conveyor Belt Cleaner

October 8, 2013 11:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Engineering has announced a conveyor belt cleaner engineered specifically for the aggregate industry.

Wireless Heat Exchange Monitor

October 8, 2013 10:54 am | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management has unveiled a new wireless Air Cooled Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that expands its Essential Asset Monitoring Suite.

BP Trial Now Focuses On $8 Billion Spill Difference

October 7, 2013 12:05 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge is set to begin hearing three weeks of testimony about how much oil made it into the ocean during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Experts for BP and the federal government will provide very different estimates when the second phase of a trial resumes. The amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf is a key factor in determining how much more money BP and its contractors owe.

Pipeline Rupture Leads To Well Contamination

October 4, 2013 11:56 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP | News | Comments

Environmental regulators worked to determine the cause of a significant spill of a clay lubricant during construction of an underground pipeline in eastern Ohio. Southeast Directional Drilling Co. reported that it had released an unknown quantity of the lubricant, bentonite, in Harrison County, northeast of the village Cadiz.

Pipeline Rupture Leads To Well Contamination

October 4, 2013 11:56 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP | News | Comments

Environmental regulators worked to determine the cause of a significant spill of a clay lubricant during construction of an underground pipeline in eastern Ohio. Southeast Directional Drilling Co. reported that it had released an unknown quantity of the lubricant, bentonite, in Harrison County, northeast of the village Cadiz.

Pennsylvania Closing Two Coal Plants

October 4, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

FirstEnergy Corp. says it will close two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania next week with no expectations that they will be sold or re-opened under stricter environmental regulations. No potential buyers have come forward for the Mitchell Power Station or the Hatfield's Ferry Power Station.

Greenpeace Activists Charged With Piracy

October 2, 2013 1:34 pm | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP | News | Comments

Greenpeace said that 14 of its activists who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The environmental activists were among 30 people from 18 countries who were on board the Greenpeace ship that was seized by the Russian Coast Guard.

User-Friendly Metal Detector

October 1, 2013 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Xtreme Metal Detector from Eriez, made for industry applications including chemical, food processing, packaging, textiles, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, has been re-designed with a user-friendly interface.

Tension Control Brakes

October 1, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of Positorq oil shear tension control brakes from Force Control Industries are suitable for plastic film production as well for other tension control applications such as unwind stands in steel mills, tension stands in paper mills and unwind stands in paper converting mills.

New Commercial Carbon Capture and Mineralization Plant

September 30, 2013 1:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Once fully operational in 2014, the plant, which is the first of its kind in the United States, is expected to capture 300,000 tons of CO2 annually. The commercial-scale plant will employ roughly 35 people and is expected to create more than 200 jobs through the plant's construction and on-going operations.  

Reviewing NFPA 56 Three Years Later

September 27, 2013 1:12 pm | by Jack Rubinger, Graphic Products & John Puskar, Prescient Technical Services | Articles | Comments

NFPA 56 prohibits the use of flammable gas as a cleaning agent for interior pipes. The standard is a response to the 2010 explosion at Kleen Energy Power and another at a food processing site that happened within less than a year of each other. This article offers a look at the regulation three years later, with tips on how to properly meet its expectations.

Greenpeace To Appeal The Jailing Of Activists

September 27, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

Among those jailed are a Russian news photographer and the ship's U.S. captain. Eight more were detained for three days pending a new hearing. No charges have been brought against anyone in the group. The Russian Coast Guard disrupted an attempt by the activists on September 18 to scale an Arctic Sea oil platform.

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