Emissions rule passes environmental quality board

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Emissions rule passes environmental quality board

A rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s existing oil and gas operations recently passed the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board by a vote of 18-1, according to Trib Live. The rule was originally announced by the state Department of Environmental Protection in December 2018. Its aim is to reduce methane leaks from oil and

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Fracking ban could cost Ohio, Pennsylvania billions

A ban on fracking would hit Ohio’s and Pennsylvania’s economies hard, according to a study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Researchers predict an outright ban on fracking would mean Pennsylvania would lose roughly 609,000 jobs and $261 billion in gross domestic product by 2025. Simultaneously, the average consumer would see his cost of

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Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 from MDN

We wish you a Merry Christmas..and a Happy New Year! MDN will take off (i.e. no new stories posted) between Dec. 24 and New Year’s Day in observance of the holiday season. Don’t worry, we’ll still keep an eye on the news and if anything earth-shattering happens, we’ll post about it. However, our intent is

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Gulfport Energy Corp. dumps non-core assets

What is fracking? Fracking is a slang term for hydraulic fracturing. Fracturing is a process by which highly pressurized fluid is pumped thousands of feet into the ground to fracture rock formations. The goal is to release the natural gas that’s locked inside the rock. Is it safe? What most concerns people about fracturing is

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Harbour: Tariffs on Chinese molds will help US tool shops compete

Tariffs on injection molds from China will help U.S. tool shops compete, but may hurt plastics processors, according to tooling analyst Laurie Harbour. The U.S. government’s 25 percent tariff on injection molds from China appears poised to go back in place later this month. A formal announcement may come as soon as Dec. 23. The

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Next-generation electronics, auto driving growth for Polyplastics

Polyplastics Co. Ltd. of Tokyo makes a wide range of engineering resins. The firm’s materials portfolio includes acetal (POM), polybutylene terephthalate, fiber-reinforced PET, liquid crystal polymer, polyphenylene sulfide and cyclic olefin copolymer. In 2018, Polyplastics posted sales of more than $1.3 billion. The firm employs 2,100 worldwide. Plastics News recently caught up with Gregor Bommel,

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Report: Oil, Natural Gas Development Not Responsible for Pavillion’s Naturally Occurring Water Issues

Oil and natural gas development is not responsible for groundwater issues in Pavillion, according to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality report, Final Pavilion, Wyoming Gas Field Domestic Water Wells Report on Recommendations for Further Investigation (Final Report), released this week. This latest report represents the final chapter of the WDEQ’s more than six year-long

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Chase Plastics sets holiday donation record

Chase Plastic Services Inc. has made the holidays a little brighter with its fourth annual Giving Card campaign. This year’s campaign wrapped up on Dec. 20, with Chase — a resin distributor based in Clarkston, Mich. — donating a total of $7,500 to three charities that had been nominated by the firm’s customers. In previous

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Women comprise a third of the technology team on Ford’s Mach-E

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. instituted a new product development process for the Mustang Mach-E prioritizing speed and collaboration among engineers and designers. One of the teams behind the car also is unique for its gender diversity. Of the roughly 75 employees who worked on the electric crossover’s advanced driver-assist technology — including a new

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Williams WV Compressor Station Explodes, Catches Fire

The Battle Run Compressor Station, owned and operated by Williams and located in Valley Grove (Ohio County), West Virginia, exploded and caught fire Saturday night. Fortunately no one was injured and the fire was extinguished within a half hour. Williams has “isolated” the flow of gas to the facility while the incident is investigated.This post

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Columbia Gas Plans New NatGas Pipeline in Central Ohio

Columbia Gas of Ohio (NiSource) recently announced a new $135 million pipeline project to bring new supplies of Utica-sourced natural gas to homes and businesses located north and west of Columbus, in central Ohio. The project, called the Northern Loop Project, will file for regulatory approval with the Ohio Power Siting Board and hopes the

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FERC Approves Del-Mar Energy Pathway Pipe Project

Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (ESNG), a subsidiary company of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Sept. 2018 to build 19+ miles of new pipeline and new meter and delivery stations in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware, and Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland, to carry

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FERC Approves Tennessee Gas Pipe Expansion to Springfield, Mass.

Among a flurry of new approvals, last Thursday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave final approval to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s “261 Upgrade” project–a project to build approximately 2.1 miles of 12-inch diameter pipeline loop and replace two older, less efficient compressor units with a single new and more efficient compressor unit at the location

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Sacmi sets sight on sustainable, high-tech future

Düsseldorf, Germany — Versatile, reusable and suitable for all kinds of industrial packaging, PET is pivotal to the plastics industry. And Italian machinery maker Sacmi Imola S.C. says it has its sights set on giving the material a second life. The company developed an injection preform system (IPS) that can make 100 percent recycled PET

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Appeals court upholds decision on Rover Pipeline

The 5th District Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of a Stark County judge who dismissed the state’s lawsuit against Rover Pipeline earlier this year, according to The Daily Record. In regards to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office suit against the pipeline, which alleging environmental violations in more than a dozen counties, Common Pleas Judge

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