Elimination of Engine Aftertreatment Key to Cutting Costs


Time is money, uptime is king and engine reliability is non-negotiable. In an environment of growing complexity, the oil and gas industry is looking for ways to drive escalating service and supply costs down. Balancing the scale between engine performance and efficiency can be a tightrope walk, but with the recent leaps in advanced engine technology, the industry has welcomed new cost-cutting innovations, with new system-streamlining technologies on the horizon. Once in market, operators can expect to see maintenance and fuel costs controlled even before a new engine is installed.
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2014: Year of Futility in the Fight Against Climate Change


The year 2014 was another year of futility in the fight against climate change. Climatists redoubled efforts to convince citizens that urgent action is needed to stop dangerous global warming. But the gap between public warnings and actual events produced an endless stream of climate irony.

January began with a frosty bang as an arctic air mass descended on the central United States, following a similar event in December. What was once called a cold snap is now ominously christened a “polar vortex.” Record-low daily temperatures were recorded from Minnesota to Boston, along with all-time seasonal snowfalls in many cities.
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Liability Under Federal Environmental Law for Crude Oil Spills from Rail Cars

More crude oil was spilled from rail cars last year than in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills in 1975. According to data compiled by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013. By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, 800,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars.
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Stepping Up to the Challenge: How Local Communities in the Utica Shale Play are Taking Advantage of the Boom


By now, all of us have heard about the far-reaching effect that shale fracking has had on our national energy policy. What is less clear is its impact on the many rural communities around the country that overlie the oil and gas-rich shale. Many of these areas have seen the shale boom as a sort of saving grace: one that promises good jobs and prosperity in regions where high poverty and unemployment have lingered for generations. Conversely, many shale communities are discovering that the shale boom is not without its challenges.
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