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The transformation potential of shale oil and gas to the American energy, manufacturing, chemical, and pipeline industries is nothing short of revolutionary. As part of this revolution, the U.S. can form a competitive advantage versus other global economies lasting for the next generation… if government leaders and entrepreneurs demonstrate the courage necessary to tread this path.

You can’t escape the irony. Ohio is doing better. Jobs are coming back and they are energy jobs.

No, not from wind, battery and electric cars, but from oil and gas. Ohio is already well along its way to a jobs recovery in large measure from a hydrocarbon boom.

In this second of a two-part series, Senior Research Leader Brian N. Leis, Ph.D., who directs Battelle Pipeline Technology Center in Columbus, OH, discusses several projects the Center has become involved with following the recent spate of widely publicized pipeline incidents. He also talks about the Center’s work with other research entities, the effects of the shale revolution, and the future of research in including funding issues.

Increasing production and continuing opportunity for the oil and gas markets were the focus of “A New World of Opportunity,” Deloitte’s 2012 oil and gas conference held Nov. 13 in Houston.

Polyethylene (PE) pipes and fittings are used extensively in distributing natural gas and water safely, reliably and economically, and enjoy an excellent performance track record. PE offers the pipe industry:

A recent report from analytical firm HIS says that although it is still premature to conclude that the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale play in Ohio and western Pennsylvania will be as productive as the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, the Utica is in many ways analogous to the Eagle Ford and early drilling results are encouraging.

As the battle rages to prevent the menace of corrosion, the pipeline industry and others will always be able to count on having NACE International at their side.

It is a common misperception that gas industry local distribution companies (LDCs) only deliver to -- and manage contracts and billing accounts for -- residential gas consumers. In fact, many LDCs also have large-scale transportation agreements in place with industrial or commercial consumers.

Pipeline & Gas Journal’s line pipe tabulation provides a quick reference to information on most line pipe sizes, walls, grades and manufacturing processes.

Whenever new regulations are introduced into any industry, they can be challenging as companies work to understand them, put together compliance plans, find technical solutions and identify the right processes and resources to help implement solutions.

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