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WVU, OSU Researchers Get $2 Million For Shale Work

October 31, 2013 11:56 am | News | Comments

The grant will focus on the chemical and isotopic biomarkers that micro-organisms leave behind during their growth. Researchers say their work is the first of its kind and that it's important to understand the micro-organisms living in the shale because it has implications for current and past life on our planet.

Shell Prepares For Arctic Offshore Exploration

October 31, 2013 11:47 am | by Dan Joling, AP | News | Comments

A spokesman for Shell Alaska says the company will submit an Arctic offshore exploration plan sometime over the next few weeks, but hasn't decided whether it will move forward with drilling next year. Shell drilled in both the Chukchi and the Beaufort Seas in 2012, but suffered serious setbacks.

OSHA Seeking $700,000 In Fines For Sinclair Oil

October 30, 2013 11:41 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent safety and environmental problems at the Sinclair refinery have been numerous. Last year, three fires injured seven workers in racking up more than $200,000 in fines. In 2011, the state reached a $5.4 million settlement with Sinclair for spills into a pond on the refinery site. In 2009 the refinery was the scene of one of the biggest spills in Wyoming history.

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Rockwell Makes Oilfield Acquisition

October 30, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

VMonitor provides digital oilfield implementation and remote operations equipment. It has the world’s largest installed base of wireless wellhead monitoring systems for natural and artificially lifted wells, with more than 6,000 sites around the world.

Gas Plant Proposed Near New Shale Site

October 29, 2013 10:53 am | News | Comments

The facility will be able to process 120 million cubic feet of gas a day from local oil wells. Many of those wells were just recently drilled into the Niobrara Shale underlying eastern Wyoming. The plant would remove natural gas liquids from the gas byproduct of local oil production.

New York Creating State Gas Reserve

October 28, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is creating the nation's first state gasoline reserve to prevent shortages during emergencies. A pilot program on Long Island will hold three million gallons of fuel for motorists and first responders. The project is a response to the gas shortages that created hours-long lines in the days after Superstorm Sandy.

Bakken Oil Drives Increased Rail Traffic, Potential For Spills

October 28, 2013 12:34 pm | by Phuong Le, AP | News | Comments

Hundreds of trains carrying crude oil could soon be chugging across the Northwest, bringing potential jobs and revenues but raising concerns about oil spills, increased train and vessel traffic. With five refineries, Washington has long received crude oil from Alaska and elsewhere by ship, barges or pipelines, but ports and refiners are increasingly turning to trains to take advantage of a boom in oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.

Oil Hovers Above $97/Barrel

October 25, 2013 11:41 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil hovered above $97 a barrel Friday, consolidating mild gains after two weeks of losses sparked by high supplies and patchy global economic growth.                                                                            

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Fossil Fuel Investors Ask For Climate Change Study

October 24, 2013 10:35 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the largest pension funds in the U.S. and the world are worried that major fossil fuel companies may not be as profitable in the future because of efforts to limit climate change, and they want details on how the firms will manage a long-term shift to cleaner energy sources.

WV Judge Sets Hearing in EQT Lawsuit

October 24, 2013 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

EQT Corp. will soon ask a judge to order six West Virginia property owners to plug and abandon a water well they dug to subvert the company's plans for five natural gas wells. Under state law, gas companies can't drill within 250 feet of an existing water well or spring used for human consumption.

Marcellus Shale Gas Production Growing Faster Than Expected

October 23, 2013 10:53 am | by Kevin Begos, AP | News | Comments

If the Marcellus Shale region were a country, its natural gas production would rank eighth in the world. It now produces more natural gas than Saudi Arabia, which has led to wholesale prices in the U.S. that are about one-quarter of those in Japan.

Oil Prices Continue To Fall

October 23, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

Oil is trading at its lowest since late June as ample supplies and a slowdown in U.S. hiring suggest subdued demand. Iran's pursuit of international dialogue to resolve the impasse over its nuclear ambitions has also reduced the political risk premium that is factored into the price of crude.

Two-Way Solenoid Valves

October 23, 2013 9:58 am | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new SV6100 series of 2-way solenoid valves feature NSF approved materials and are suitable for compressed air, inert gas, synthetic oil and water applications.

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Elevance Building World-Scale Biorefinery In Mississippi

October 22, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Elevance Renewable Sciences has announced that it is continuing with its second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. The decision is based on the successful start-up and operation of Elevance’s first world-scale joint venture biorefinery in Asia, as well as robust customer activity and demand forecasts for the company’s specialty and intermediate petrochemicals.

Elevance Building World-Scale Biorefinery In Mississippi

October 22, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Elevance Renewable Sciences has announced that it is continuing with its second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. The decision is based on the successful start-up and operation of Elevance’s first world-scale joint venture biorefinery in Asia, as well as robust customer activity and demand forecasts for the company’s specialty and intermediate petrochemicals.

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Pollution Down 3.8 Percent

October 22, 2013 10:23 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP | News | Comments

The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990. The only recent year with a bigger percentage drop was in 2009, when America was in a large recession. American cars and factories released their lowest levels of CO2 since 1994.

Oil Slips Below $100/Barrel

October 22, 2013 10:05 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A jump in U.S. crude supplies weighed on the oil price, as a government report showed that supplies rose by four million barrels. Analysts estimated that U.S. commercial crude oil stocks are at the third highest level for October since 1930, and 13 percent above the normal range over the previous decade. 

Saving The Environment Without Killing Jobs

October 21, 2013 12:36 pm | by Kevin Begos, AP | News | Comments

A conference in Pittsburgh focuses on putting a stop to coal mining, fracking for oil and gas and nuclear power, but organizers also want workers to join the battle against climate change. Union leaders say that workers need new jobs to make a transition to clean energy, noting that shutting down industries such as coal can turn entire communities into a ghost town.

Oil Mist Collection System

October 21, 2013 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Airflow Systems Model MPH10 mist collection and filtration system is designed specifically for oil mist, smoke and fume collection and provides MERV 14 filtration efficiency.

Embracing The Boom, Anticipating The Bust

October 18, 2013 11:18 am | by James MacPherson & Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP | News | Comments

Leaders and residents here are increasingly mindful that the runaway riches tapped by hydraulic fracturing will eventually run out and they are determined to live by a fondly remembered bumper sticker from the last bust: "Please, God, give me another oil boom and I promise not to blow it."

Shale Gas Protest Turns Violent

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

Police said at least five of their vehicles were set on fire, Molotov cocktails were thrown at officers, and at least one shot was fired by someone who was not a police officer. The protesters, who include aboriginals, want SWN Resources to stop testing that could lead to possible fracking procedures in extracting shale gas from the region.

Company Declares Bankruptcy Due To NY Fracking Moratorium

October 18, 2013 10:58 am | by Mary Esch, AP | News | Comments

New York has had a moratorium on gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, since it began an environmental review in 2008. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he will decide whether to lift the ban after his health commissioner completes a health impact review.

Vapor Pressure Tester

October 18, 2013 10:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMETEK Petrolab Company is proud to announce that Grabner Instruments has extended its vapor pressure tester product portfolio with the launch of a new, user-friendly, automatic tester for low-volatility measurements. 

GM To Sell Impala Powered By Natural Gas

October 17, 2013 11:38 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it will start selling a Chevrolet Impala sedan next summer that runs on both natural gas and gasoline. The company says both fuels are needed because there are few natural gas filling stations in the U.S. GM says the Impala will be the only factory-produced full-size car that runs on both fuels.

Lawsuits Seek Damages For Burned, Wasted Gas

October 17, 2013 11:34 am | by CHET BROKAW, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota mineral owners filed 10 lawsuits seeking damages from oil drilling companies for natural gas that is lost when it is burned instead of being captured. The lawsuits in the Bakken oilfields argue that the mineral owners have lost millions of dollars in royalties.

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