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“…the United States has become ‘a job magnet’ for manufacturing, which is really the first time in decades this has happened...”
--Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Pipeline safety is back on the congressional agenda, in part because of a recent Department of Transportation Inspector General's report, in part because of PHMSA'S failure to finish rulemakings mandated by the 2011 pipeline safety bill. PHMSA's foot-dragging has irritated the industry and the major pipeline safety advocacy group equally.

Rice University scientists have created an earth-friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads.

A porous material invented by the Rice laboratory of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, at ambient temperature – with pressure provided by the wellhead – and lets it go once the pressure is released. The material shows promise as a replacement for more costly and energy-intensive processes.

Oil and gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has completed a pipe measurement and fit-up survey on a critical section of pipeline for the Gorgon Upstream Jansz Scarp Crossing.

In 2010, an incident in San Bruno, CA brought national attention to the oil and gas industry when a natural gas pipeline exploded in a residential neighborhood, leveling homes and claiming several lives. The resulting shockwave from the explosion was equivalent to a 1.1 magnitude earthquake.

In 2010, two tragic events – a million-gallon crude oil spill near Marshall,
MI and a natural gas explosion in a San Bruno, CA neighborhood – occurred within two weeks of each other, focusing the nation’s attention on pipeline safety.

Real experts in the tricky field of natural gas measurement don’t come along every day. Those who do emerge find that their names and reputations precede them, be it in the operational, commercial or research side of the business. And that is where we find John Lansing today.

Vacuworx, celebrating 15 years as a thought-leader in vacuum-lifting technology and provider of heavy-duty material handling equipment, reports the company is ready to grow amid increasing worldwide demand.

Much of the world’s developed gas, water and electric infrastructure is aging and in need of modernization. Many utilities still rely on the same electric grid that was built 100 years ago, and many of the water and gas pipes that were laid decades ago.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — About 40 protesters converged Tuesday outside Vermont Public Service Board offices to demand a halt to the natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont.

The company this month increased the estimated cost of the first phase of the project by 40 percent, to more than $121 million, citing the cost of route changes to accommodate landowners.

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