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Ohio River Corridor

Our time is now

by Tom Westfall WVONGA Board President The folks who make up West Virginia’s oil and natural gas industry are proud of their work. They’re moving West Virginia ahead, and economic numbers we see each year are a source of pride. We face challenges as commodity prices are decreasing. Prices will remain low for the foreseeable

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Williams Pulls Away From Constitution Pipeline Project

The Williams Cos. Inc. has pulled its investment in the Constitution Pipeline project, a 125-mile line proposed to move natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania to New York State. The Tulsa, Okla.-based pipeline giant said in a press release on Feb. 21 that it took the action in consultation with its partners—Duke Energy

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Scientists Disagree With Key Findings In New Univ. of Rochester Methane Study

A new University of Rochester study claiming methane emissions from fossil fuel activities are higher than previously estimated is encountering criticism from the scientific community because of significant limitations and the fact that it is at odds with existing research. Contrary to headlines that gave the impression the study’s findings are written in stone, even

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LNG Outlook: Robust Demand, Supply Driving a Lower Carbon Future

Global natural gas demand, increased supplies from U.S. producers, and investments in LNG capacity will continue to grow and generate additional environmental benefits, the recently released Shell LNG Outlook 2020 reports. The company’s fourth annual LNG outlook highlights key industry trends from the previous year and lays out LNG expectations spanning the next few decades.

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Phillips 66 Partners Acquires Interest In $1.6 Billion Liberty Pipeline

Phillips 66 Partners LP agreed to acquire a 50% stake in the Liberty Pipeline, a $1.6 billion project to transport Rockies and Bakken crude oil production to Oklahoma’s Cushing hub. According to a Feb. 21 news release from the Houston-based company, Phillips 66 Partners will acquire the interest as part of a roughly $75 million

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AptarGroup closing two plants, buying Fusion Packaging

Specialty packaging injection molder AptarGroup Inc. is consolidating manufacturing in North America by closing two plants, in Stratford and Torrington, Conn. The company also announced plans to buy Dallas-based Fusion Packaging I LP, a maker of cosmetic packaging products, and officials are also talking about the impact of the coronavirus on its operations. Crystal Lake,

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Shell Midstream To Make FID On Gulf Of Mexico Expansion By June

Shell Midstream Partners LP expects to take final investment decisions on expanding its Mars crude oil pipeline system in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) in the first half of the year, CEO Kevin Nichols said Feb. 20. Shell has seen significant interest from oil producers as the 600,000 barrel-per-day (bbl/d) system nears capacity, and the

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Bakken, Rockies Shale: Business Is Different, But Still Viable

DENVER—It was 20 years ago when Big Sky Country started its journey into Big Oil country. It was a small group of determined dreamers who applied an entrepreneurial spirit to horizontally drill Burning Tree State 36-2H in Richland County, Mont. The Bakken was suddenly at the center of the American oil revolution. Among them was

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‘Shape or be shaped’ for plastics recycling, government policy

Nashville, Tenn. — Industry needs to be ready for a much stronger government role in plastics recycling, potentially including things like fees on packaging to help pay for costly upgrades to collection infrastructure. That was the message that came from some industry leaders at the recent Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, where discussions about

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Manning building $22M flooring plant in Georgia

Flooring maker Mannington Mills Inc. is investing $22 million in an expansion in Georgia to produce luxury vinyl tile. The project follows “increased customer demand for domestically produced luxury vinyl flooring,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said in a Feb. 20 news release. The facility, on a 10.5-acre site in Calhoun is expected to create

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US Oil Rig Count Rises For Third Straight Week

The U.S. oil rig count rose for a third week in a row even though growth in the country’s largest shale formation slows as producers cut spending on new drilling for a second consecutive year. Companies added one oil rig in the week to Feb. 21, bringing the total count to 679, their highest since

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Screw and barrel maker Reiloy USA to expand in Kansas

Screw and barrel maker Reiloy USA plans to invest more than $20 million in a new manufacturing plant in Maize, Kan., and hire 39 employees over five years, according to a report in the Wichita Business Journal. Reiloy already employs 68 in its headquarters in the same industrial park. Reiloy USA is part of German

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NESE, Thought Dead, Rises from the Depths of Loch Jersey

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. . … If you NESE was dead and all we’d ever see is a corpse on the New Jersey shore, you were wrong. The project is very much alive and again in front of NJ-DEP. NESE lives. Many thought it was dead and had sunk to the bottom of Raritan

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Niagara Bottling adding plant in South Carolina

Niagara Bottling LLC is expanding again, investing $70 million to establish an operation in Florence, S.C. The company is building a 502,320-square-foot bottled water factory that will employ 70 people within five years, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The Ontario, Calif.-based company builds integrated plants that include production of injection molded preforms

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