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Intertek opens Eagle Ford Shale laboratory in Texas

Periodic table and chemicalsIntertek, a solutions provider to industries worldwide, has opened a new laboratory in Elmendorf, Texas, to address the company’s significant market opportunity in the Eagle Ford Shale market and to support the industry’s growing customer base in this region.

The new 2,400-square-foot laboratory is well placed, 13 miles south of San Antonio in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale play, to provide quality control and related technical services to shale oil and gas clients. Specific testing capabilities at the new lab include hydrogen sulfide, reid vapor pressure (RVP), detailed hydrocarbon analysis, and more.

The new facility complements Intertek’s existing global network of oil and gas laboratories and is the first shale oil and gas designated lab. Advanced analytical instrumentation and technical expertise allows for industry-specific testing such as analysis of crude oil offered for transportation, as recently issued by the US Department of Transportation, and GPA gas analysis.

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People flocking to shale boom as North Dakota county sees fastest population growth

rigBy: Steve Goldstein

The jobs coming from the shale boom were in evidence as the Commerce Department released the fastest-growing counties by population on Thursday.

Williams County, North Dakota had by far the fastest growth of any county, at 10.7%, from July 2012 to July 2013, the agency reported. It plays host to the Bakken formation, whose boom is five time larger than the oil boom of the 1980s, according to the Minneapolis Fed.

And, North Dakota notched the 4th, 14th, 15th and 24th fastest-growing counties.

(North Dakota also saw the fastest rate of personal income growth, at 7.6% last year.)

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Report: Gas boom could bring 1,000 manufacturing jobs to metro area

JobsBy Brendan Gibbons (Staff Writer)

A surge in natural gas production could lead to a modest increase in manufacturing jobs in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area, according to a report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The report, released Thursday, forecasts a net gain of 994 manufacturing jobs in the region between 2012 and 2020.

The report credits a nationwide demand for pipelines and machinery to produce and transport oil and natural gas, coupled with cheap natural gas as a fuel and chemical feedstock, for reigniting American manufacturing.

Basic organic chemicals; iron and steel mills; fabricated metals; machinery; nonmetallic minerals; resin, rubber and fiber; plastics and rubber; agricultural chemicals; and petroleum and coal products are the nine manufacturing sectors featured in the report.

Fabricated metals and plastics and rubber are the two highest-employing manufacturing sectors in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, the report states. In 2012, those industries employed 4,164 and 3,078 people, respectively. By 2020, 4,785 people will work in fabricated metals and 3,437 will work in plastics and rubber, an increase of about 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively, the report states.

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Production, Profits, Prayer: Oilfield Christian Fellowship Offers Industry Workers Faithful Networking

 Oil and Gas industry workers drill, they sell, they produce, and they worship.

Seeking fellowship in the oil industry, two men held a breakfast in 1991 so they could get to know other Christian colleagues. Drilling engineer Jim Teague and salesman John Bird had the right idea. Forty-six men and women attended and so began the Oilfield Christian Fellowship.

Within months of its founding, around 250 were attending a monthly luncheon. Today OCF lunches and dinners are held in Canada, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. OCF isn’t just about food and fellowship, in 2000 a Bible ministry was launched with the mission to supply oilfield employees with Bibles in the languages of the countries they were sent. So far, more than 120,000 bibles have been carried to 46 countries in 22 languages. Then in 2003 John Bird created a custom oilfield Bible: “God’s Word for the Oil Patch, Fuel for the Soul.” It contains 46 pages of testimonies and commentary from oil field workers.

The scripture: “As iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 is a fitting motto for the OCF ministries. The various chapters organize and participate in charitable events in all of the areas they occupy.

ANNOUNCING THE UPCOMING OCF HOUSTON PRAYER BREAKFAST HELD DURING OTC ON TUESDAY MAY 6TH, 2014    http://www.oilfieldchristianfellowship.com/news-events

To learn more about the OCF, visit http://www.oilfieldchristianfellowship.com/







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Oregon plant LNG exports approved as U.S. pressured to flex energy muscle

Oil and gas industry - LNG tanker(Adds comments from analyst, lawmaker, background) By Ayesha Rascoe

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration gave the green light on for exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a plant to be built in Oregon, the second such authorization this year, as pressure intensifies on the White House to use the U.S. energy bounty to respond to the political crisis in Ukraine.

It is unclear whether the approval of exports from Veresen Inc’s Jordan Cove plant, the first LNG-export plant permitted on the U.S. West Coast, was accelerated by political tension related to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

The other LNG project to get the go-ahead on exports this year was approved by the Energy Department nearly six weeks ago. That’s a gap between project approvals that’s largely in line with the average interval of about eight weeks that has prevailed since Washington resumed issuing LNG export permits last summer.

The Jordan Cove approval did come faster than the 12-week interval between approvals of the previous project, Sempra’s Cameron plant in Louisiana, and the one that preceded it.

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