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Infrastructure – The Key to Growth in the Tri-State Area

  October/November 2018 / Vol 8 Issue 7 Infrastructure – The Key to Growth in the Tri-State Area By: Bryce Custer   Along the Ohio River Corridor, in the “Shale Crescent” area from Monaca, PA to Marietta, Ohio drilling continues in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays. Midstream companies continue to put in gathering lines connecting the wells to the rest of the United States. Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids are flowing north to Ontario Canada, East to Marcus […]

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Marcellus Utica Political Update

  October/November 2018 / Vol 8 Issue 7 Marcellus Utica Political Update By: Curtis Wilkerson is Principal at Orion Strategies   As the 2018 election comes to a close, there are a number of races and developments around the Marcellus and Utica region that are of interest to the industry. On a national level, prognosticators of the political landscape have suggested that Democrats are likely to take control of the United States House of Representatives, while the upper chamber most likely remains in Republican control. In […]

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State of the US Dot Urine Drug Screen in 2018

   October/November Vol 8 Issue 7 State of the US Dot Urine Drug Screen in 2018 By: Ray Keller Jr, DO, CEO, Spread Med, Inc. Introduction to DOT Urine Drug Screening (UDS) US Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing was established by Executive Order No. 12564, Section 503 of Public Law 100-71, and 5 U.S.C. section 7301. These actions were initially taken in response to a January 4, 1987 Amtrak crash in which the engineer tested positive for marijuana. 14 people perished in addition […]

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West Virginia Governor’s Energy Summit

  October/November 2018 / Vol 8 Issue 7 West Virginia Governor’s Energy Summit The West Virginia Office of Energy sponsored the Annual Governor’s Energy Summit in early October.  The event was held at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia over a three- day period from October 9th thru October 11th and featured many of the region’s energy leaders. Headlined the “Energy Innovation: Powering a Nation,” panel discussion topics included energy efficiency programs/policies, promoting the shale region, renewable energy, alternative […]

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Saving the Planet

    October/November 2018 / Vol. 8 Issue 7 Saving the Planet By: Greg Kozera, Shale Crescent USA Recently I was the guest on the student run radio station at the University of Colorado in particular. They are very concerned about protecting the environment because they live and play in it. The show was focused on rock climbing. They know that they need energy to get to the mountain for their vehicle. I talked about all of the products they use every day that […]

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Long-Term Short-Term Economics

  September/October / Vol 8 Issue 6 Long-Term Short-Term Economics By: Ray Keller, National Sales Manager, Pipeline Division, BEG Group, LLC   As a freshman at Lycoming College in 1970, one of my very first classes was Economics 101. At that point in time I really had no clue as to what economics was. My best guess was that was something akin to the Home Economics course my mother made me take in high school. A class mostly filled with girls who were interested in sewing, […]

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Ethane Storage Hub – Working Together to Secure More Growth for Our Region

  September/October 2018 / Vol 8 Issue 5 Ethane Storage Hub – Working Together to Secure More Growth for Our Region By: Teresa Irvin McCurdy, President of TD Connections, Inc. There are a lot of people diligently working behind the scenes to advance the ethane storage hub, site a second cracker plant, and expand the plastic manufacturing industry. PA State Representative Eric Nelson of Westmoreland County has taken the lead, with support from his regional State Senators and Representatives, in spearheading a group called the […]

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The White Tail Fence Marker: A Wildlife Impact Mitigation and Fencing Safety Device©

  September/October / Vol 8 Issue 6 The White Tail Fence Marker a Wildlife Impact Mitigation and Fencing Safety Device© By: John Przepiora, Polaris Wildlife and Fencing Devices, LLC   White Tail Deer are the most abundant and adaptable woodland species in North America. They can accelerate to 40 MPH, cruise at 25 MPH and jump a 12 foot high fence. They are the most admired and beautiful of all the creatures in our woods, brush lands, deep forests and sometimes are unfortunately found […]

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Communicating the Basics

  September/October 2018 / Vol 8 Issue 6 Communicating the Basics By: Brittany Ramos, Orion Strategies   Having solid fundamentals are key to any activity – be it physical, mental or emotional. Playing a guitar is impossible without an understanding of how to strike the strings to elicit a certain chord. Calculus is impossible without an understanding of arithmetic. And yet, once we achieve these basics in any activity, we often continue on a path of constantly advancing through more difficult challenges. Rarely do we take a step […]

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Stopping Corrosion Under Insulation in Global Oil and Gas Facilities

  September/October 2018 / Vol 8 Issue 6 Stopping Corrosion Under Insulation in Global Oil and Gas Facilities By: Del Williams, EonCoat   When traditional corrosion protection fails, a new approach can dramatically extend life in upstream, midstream, and downstream applications Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) is the root cause of many of the global petrochemical industry’s most serious problems including forced shutdowns, lost production, early repair and replacement, as well as safety and environmental consequences that can cost millions of dollars per incident.  CUI, which involves […]

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