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Asset Management: Applying Maturity Models

August 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

As asset performance has become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing profitability, companies are rushing to adopt progressive maintenance practices. However, asset performance management is more complicated that it may seem, click here for a breakdown of APM maturity models and the importance of understanding them further.

WV PSC Chairman Steps Down From Spill Probe

August 28, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.                            

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Explosion At BP Refinery

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes.                                             

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Propane Train Derails, Prompts Evacuation

August 27, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday.                                      

Toledo Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Resigns After Toxic Contamination

August 26, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A city official who was in charge of Toledo's water treatment plant has resigned just three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.                        

Cutting Emissions Pays For Itself

August 26, 2014 10:21 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? MIT researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

Mortar Round Caused Deadly Plant Blast

August 25, 2014 4:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in a St. Louis suburb where a recycling plant explosion killed two people say it was caused by a mortar round.                                  

2 Killed And More Injured In Plant Explosion

August 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois earlier this morning.                                       

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Improving The Crash-Worthiness Of Railcars

August 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Dassault Systems | Articles | Comments

In the early 20th century, a strange spectator sport flourished in America: train crashing. They were so popular that 73 crashes (destroying 146 trains) were staged between 1896 and 1932 at state fairs. These days, engineers (not the train-drivers) who want to observe a crash can run perfectly safe, highly accurate virtual collisions on a computer screen.

2 Hospitalized After Gas Explosion

August 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Jonathan Grass, www.al.com | News | Comments

Nearby buildings shook when a hydrogen tank outside Cimarron Composites exploded Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say it was amazing no one was seriously hurt, even workers who were standing nearby.                

Real-Time Oil & Gas Data In The Cloud

August 21, 2014 1:00 am | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Articles | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and well integrity are the primary concerns. In order to provide operators with real-time information that would help them to drill more safely and efficiently, PML began looking for a solution that would enable driller to take advantage of of the extensive data capabilities of cloud technology.

Water Intake Resumes After Ohio River Spill

August 20, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.                                 

2 Die In Mine Explosion, 25 Still Trapped

August 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.                        

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New Mining Rule Survives Court Challenge

August 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.                           

Environmentalists Call For Health Registry In Drilling Regions

August 19, 2014 10:33 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said it has enhanced the state health department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.              

Mine Explosion Traps 27

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported.                                     

Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 18, 2014 5:10 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.                               

Chemical Tanker Victim Buried At Sea

August 18, 2014 5:08 pm | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ship spokesman Campbell Houston said Monday the engine-room fire left the 485-foot Pine Galaxy without much refrigeration, and the crewman's family gave permission for the ocean burial.                    

PG&E Pleads Not Guilty To Gas Blast Charges

August 18, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.         

1 Death In Chemical Tanker Fire

August 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.                    

Tesoro Explosion Investigation Closed

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.                   

23 Trapped In Flooded Mine

August 14, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The official Xinhua News Agency says 23 workers are trapped after a coal mine was flooded in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.                                    

Mersen Plant Investigation Uncovers Employee Error

August 14, 2014 9:24 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.               

6 Injured in Mine Accident

August 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers at an East Texas coal mine have suffered burns from falling debris. Mine owner Luminant says the accident happened Wednesday in Thermo, about 80 miles northeast of Dallas.                          

No Citations In Fatal Pennsylvania Gas Well Fire

August 14, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have decided against issuing citations in a natural gas well fire in southwestern Pennsylvania that killed one worker earlier this year.                            

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