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For more than 80 years Battelle Memorial Institute, based in Columbus, OH, has earned a worldwide reputation as leader in science and technology. The world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization, with over 20,000 employees at more than 100 locations globally, was established as a charitable trust in 1929 by industrialist-turned-researcher Gordon Battelle, who felt that business and scientific interests could benefit social good by working together.

With a green light from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alliance Pipeline is moving ahead with construction preparations for its Tioga Lateral Pipeline project in North Dakota.

Pipeline groups are unhappy with the way the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is interpreting the new penalty authority Congress provided it under the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, which went into effect in January.

OptoAcoustic gas detection determines gas content via the measurement of acoustic pressure waves that are propagated as a gas is irradiated under an appropriately tuned light.

A gaseous mixture sample passes through a membrane into a measurement cell which contains an optical light source and a microphone. Incident light modulated at a specific frequency is briefly absorbed as intermolecular energy by the gas molecules and then released as translational energy, creating periodic temperature and pressure changes that generate measurable acoustic pulses.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced Nov. 1 that its New York Harbor terminals, shut down due to Hurricane Sandy and still without electric power, are expected to be ready to begin inbound and outbound petroleum product movements at Carteret, N.J., Perth Amboy, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y., within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Inergy Midstream, L.P., UGI Energy Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Corporation and Capitol Energy Ventures Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc., said UGI Energy Services, Inc. and Capitol Energy Ventures Corp. have executed binding precedent agreements for firm transportation capacity on Commonwealth Pipeline. These anchor shippers have agreed to buy firm transportation capacity on the Commonwealth Pipeline for a 10-year period at negotiated rates.

Alaska North Slope producers are considering building one of the world's largest and most expensive liquefied natural gas projects, according to a letter the companies sent last month to Gov. Sean Parnell.

Argentina's state-controlled YPF energy company has reached a strategic accord with Gazprom.

Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. signed a definitive agreement to acquire BP America Production Company's Sunray and Hemphill processing plants and associated 2,500-mile gathering system serving the liquids-rich Texas Panhandle for $227.5 million.

Development of the vast Shtokman gas field are on hold indefinitely until a more cost-effective plan can be worked out, Gazprom said. The firm agreed with partners Total and Statoil that the project was unfeasible at current costs. No new decision will be made until 2014.