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Shale and the Ohio River Corridor

  Fall 2017 Shale and the Ohio River Corridor By: Bryce Custer, Harvey Goodman Realtor Part 1 of a 4 part series The Ohio River has played a significant role in transportation of goods and the development of villages and towns from what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Mississippi River. In 1803, the Lewis and Clark Expedition created the first Ohio River Navigation Charts. Fast forward to the 19th and 20th Century. The age of Industrialism had come to the […]

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Are You Ready to Compete in the Age of Analytics?

  Fall 2017 Are You Ready to Compete in the Age of Analytics? By: WellSiteReport   Most successful modern companies have embraced business and operational processes as a requirement to compete in our world of analytics and data. To ensure consistent results, companies must define procedures for both service and product businesses. Over time, the processes will need to evolve to stay competitive. Processes are specific yet need to be dynamic to allow for adaptation to the marketplace. What would happen if […]

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Hurricane Harvey – Another Good Reason for Northeast Petrochemical Expansion

  Fall 2017 Hurricane Harvey – Another Good Reason for Northeast Petrochemical Expansion By: Greg Kozera- Shale Crescent USA   We have all seen the pictures of devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the Gulf Coast. I have seen three feet of snow. It is hard for me to imagine three to four feet of rain which is far more damaging. I saw first-hand the destructive power of flood water at Elkview and Clendenin, WV last summer. Over a year has […]

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Walking and Working 101 in 2017

  Fall 2017 Walking and Working 101 in 2017 By: James O’Dwyer, Master PEC Instructor & Regulatory Outreach Business Development Safety   Walking—the most hazardous and potentially fatal workplace activity we perform. While this may sound a bit ridiculous, slips, trips, and falls accounted for approximately 15% of all accidental deaths in General Industry, placing it second behind driving and motor vehicle operation (1). Walking is not something we can cease practicing in order to eliminate the risks associated with it, […]

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Regulatory/Permitting Issues – Q&A With PA Senator Wagner and Representative Benninghoff

  Fall 2017 Regulatory/Permitting Issues – Q&A With PA Senator Wagner and Representative Benninghoff By: Teresa Irvin McCurdy, President of TD Connections, Inc.   What do you do when your permit application is delayed or a regulation is introduced that will harm your business? Some accept the process and put up with delays, others hire lobbyists to help “persuade” our PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) into acting on a permit or changing proposed regulations. Lobbyists often use their connections in […]

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Western PA Opportunities in the Petrochemical Industry

  Fall 2017 Western PA Opportunities in the Petrochemical Industry By: Robert Johnson, President of ADK, LLC.   On August 22nd, the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce along with the Ellwood City and Butler County Chambers hosted a program titled “Doing Business in the ERA of Shell.” This program featured three presenters who discussed economic opportunities in the Petrochemical Industry across Western Pennsylvania. Chet Mroz, former President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America, kicked off the program by talking about […]

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MDN’S Top Stories in the Past 30 Days

October/November 2016 MDN’S Top Stories in the Past 30 Days By: Jim Willis, Marcellus Drilling News Each weekday Marcellus Drilling News locates and shares news, along with a healthy sprinkling of commentary, for the Marcellus and Utica Shale. Over 45,000 people read MDN each month, making it an excellent barometer to inform ONG Marketplace readers which topics generated the most interest for those who work in the oil and gas and associated industries. Below is a summary of the top […]

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Dust Cloud Ignition Caused By Static Electricity

  August/September 2016 Dust Cloud Ignition Caused By Static Electricity By: Newson Gale Newson Gale’s latest series of articles that contain case studies of fires and explosions caused by static electricity draw attention to the wide range of processes that are susceptible to electrostatic charge generation and accumulation on portable and fixed plant equipment. This case study investigates the factors behind the ignition of a combustible dust cloud during a manual powder processing operation. In this example a process operator was tasked with manually tipping approximately 18 […]

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SATCOM Digital Networks – Keeping You Connected

  June/July 2016 SATCOM Digital Networks – Keeping You Connected By: David Chisholm, President, SatCom Digital Networks An increasing number of companies operate facilities in remote areas, located far from corporate headquarters. The need for management personnel to communicate to employees at remote work sites through reliable means is essential for business success. When a work site is located in a remote location that has a poor or nonexistent communications infrastructure, such as in the oil and gas drilling industry, or is struck by a natural disaster […]

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When In Doubt, Check Your Grout

  June/July 2016 When In Doubt, Check Your Grout By: Matt Young and Christopher Matthews-Ewald, ITW Engineered Polymers-Chockfast The primary role for using epoxy grout is to provide a uniform support and load transfer medium between the equipment and its foundation. Epoxy grouts consist of a resin base that is mixed with a hardener and aggregate filler. When these components are mixed together in the proper proportions, a crosslinked molecular structure that generates a relatively high amount of heat is created. This exothermic reaction is an indication of both […]

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