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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.

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.


Ex-EPA Official Pleads Guilty To Theft

September 27, 2013 11:39 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, AP | News | Comments

A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency is pleading guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years. Under the plea deal with prosecutors, he faces 30 to 37 months in prison and has agreed to pay restitution of $886,000 and to forfeit an additional $507,000.

Portable Videoscope Inspection System

September 26, 2013 3:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company announces its new Advanced Portable Videoscope System for the inspection of bridges, drill pipe, turbines, airframes, power generation equipment, process tanks and vessels, tubing and pipes, heat exchangers and hydraulic cylinders and other difficult to reach videoscope inspections.

Visual IR Thermometer

September 26, 2013 2:54 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduces the Fluke VT04 Visual IR Thermometer, a troubleshooting tool for electrical, industrial maintenance, HVAC/R, and automotive applications.

EPA, Hawaii Initiate Joint Probe Into Molasses Spill

September 26, 2013 12:29 pm | by Audrey McAvoy, AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health said Wednesday they will jointly investigate a spill of 1,400 tons of molasses in Honolulu Harbor. Investigators will study whether there were any violations of the Clean Water Act.

Russians Detain Greenpeace Members For Oil Protesting

September 26, 2013 12:24 pm | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP | News | Comments

A Russian court jailed a photographer and a Greenpeace activist who were part of the 30-member Greenpeace team protesting near an oil platform in the Arctic last week. The Coast Guard disrupted an attempt by Greenpeace activists on September 18 to scale the Russian Arctic platform.

Extended, Heated Air Curtains

September 25, 2013 4:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Berner International Corp., has added lengths of up to 16 feet long to go with their new high-efficiency VTH Venturi heater coil and VS Series air curtains.

Stackable Incubators for Protein Crystallography

September 24, 2013 3:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Torrey Pines Scientific announces NEW EchoTherm™ Stackable/ Programmable Vibration Free Chilling Incubators for protein crystallography and other life science uses.

Consumers Energy Pushes Back Planned Shutdown

September 23, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Friday's announcement from the unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. now schedules the suspension of operations at facilities in the Muskegon, Monroe and Bay City areas until the first quarter of 2016 from early 2015.

Cleanup To Begin At $50 Million Superfund Site

September 20, 2013 12:08 pm | by Lynne Tuohy, AP | News | Comments

Cleanup at one of New Hampshire's major Superfund pollution sites is moving into high gear. The Beede Site in Plaistow was home for decades to the Beede Waste Oil disposal company, which accepted more than 28 million tons of soil contaminated with oil.

President Obama Takes On Coal With Carbon Limits

September 20, 2013 11:53 am | by Dina Cappiello, AP | News | Comments

Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.

Fluidized Bed Scrubber for High Efficiency Gas Absorption

September 20, 2013 10:00 am | Bionomic Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bionomic Industries, Inc. has announced availability of their new RotaBed patented “Fluidized Bed” Scrubber for use in acid, gas, and particulate scrubbing in a wide range of process industries.

Organic Farmer Concerned About 'Fracking'

September 20, 2013 9:12 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Stephen Cleghorn owner, of a 50 acre certified organic farm and goat dairy in Reynoldsville, PA, is concerned about hydraulic fracturing gas drilling activity nearby and how it might affect his animals and the farm he and his wife started in 2005.

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