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America is now the world's largest oil producer

by Matt Egan @MattEganCNN September 12, 2018: 3:02 PM ET
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Move over Russia and Saudi Arabia. America has reclaimed its throne atop the oil world.

For the first time since 1973, the United States is the world's largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates published on Wednesday by the Energy Department. The feat demonstrates how the US shale oil boom has reshaped the global energy landscape. American oil output has more than doubled over the past decade.

"It's an historic milestone and a reminder: Never bet against the US oil industry," said Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy Group, a consulting firm. . . .

San Antonio Opens Career-Themed High Schools.

by BEKAH MCNEEL July 16, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — CAST Tech, San Antonio’s newest public high school, looks like an outpost of Google. Young people huddle over tablets, fiber optic cables run along the ceilings and a cybersecurity lab occupies the basement.

The school, located in the heart of San Antonio’s slowly revitalizing downtown, is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s big employers. The financial firm USAA has offices five blocks away, and Frost Bank and tech incubator Geekdom are nearby, too. This makes it easy for business executives to pop by — and they do. In its first academic year, the school . . .

While offshore wind gets developed, Texas will likely stay onshore

By Rye Druzin, Staff WriterJune 22, 2018 Updated: June 22, 2018 7:48am
Monday, June 25, 2018

One of the world’s largest power companies is planning to pump $1 billion into new wind projects in Texas, confirming the state’s place as the nation’s largest producer of wind-driven energy.

The Spanish utility Iberdrola says the money will finance new wind farms with a combined generating capacity of 700 megawatts — enough to power some 140,000 Texas homes on a hot summer day. Those projects are part of the 33,000 megawatts of new wind resources that are under consideration or development in the state, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages about 90 p . . .

LyondellBasell bets on new technology, better plastics

By Katherine BluntJune 21, 2018 Updated: June 21, 2018 11:42am
Friday, June 22, 2018

Houston Chronicle report, LyondellBasell is betting millions of dollars that new technology will give it an edge in the burgeoning market for polyethylene, the ubiquitous plastic that has fueled a construction and export boom along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Houston petrochemicals manufacturer has built a substantial portion of its $725 million plant in La Porte, a cutting-edge facility with technology designed to produce high-density polyethylene that’s stronger and more durable than its standard commodity counterpart. The plant is expected to begin operations next year to meet growing . . .

XTO Energy Closes Headquarters; Relocates Hundreds to Houston

by Valerie Jones | Rigzone Staff | Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018

XTO Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp., is closing its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, which will affect a total of 1,200 employees, according to a letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The U.S. oil and natural gas producer plans to relocate its business activities to other company locations, primarily Houston, beginning June 1 and ending June 30, the letter states.

Of the 1,200 affected employees, 950 are management, professional or technical (MPT) positions and 250 are non-MPT positions.

“Satisfactorily-performing” MPT employees . . .

OSHA Issues Direct Final Rule Clarifying Beryllium Standard

Agency clarifies exposure limit. EHS Today Staff | May 07, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018

OSHA's direct final rule (DFR) for its beryillum standard will become effective on July 4, 2018, according to the agency.

The DFR clarifies aspects of the standard for general industry as it applies to processes, operations, or areas where workers may be exposed to materials containing less than 0.1% beryllium by weight.

The rule also clarifies the definitions of Beryllium Work Area, emergency, dermal contact and beryllium contamination. It also explains provisions for disposal and recycling, and provisions that OSHA intends to apply only where skin can be exposed to materials . . .

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