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Process principles governing the exploration, midstream and downstream operations in the oil and gas arena are by no means new. As with any process that has evolved through years of experiential knowledge, engineering took a backseat to first-hand experience. This is no longer the case in today’s midstream facilities. While the overall purpose of the industry has not changed, the process has been fine-tuned to suit shale type, more stringent product specifications and modified regulatory policies.

Hazardous liquid pipelines are unhappy with how the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) wants to implement a provision of the 2011 pipeline safety law requiring companies to go back and test old steel pipelines for integrity.

As the worldwide demand for energy drives new investments in oil & gas exploration, production, and transportation, an increased need for visibility into flow measurement across the enterprise comes with it. The market not only requires accurate flow metering for upstream, midstream, and downstream applications, but also needs to be able to access this information across the enterprise.

The Offshore Technology Conference 2015 (OTC 2015) set for May 4-7 at NRG Park in Houston will bring together more than 100,000 industry leaders and buyers from 130-plus countries, all of whom want to explore how technology, best practices and emerging trends can provide the energy needed for the world.

Nick “Big Bully” Busick knows something about safety. In fact, he knows a lot about safety. You don’t step into the ring against the likes of the legendary Abdullah the Butcher without knowing how to keep yourself safe or you won’t survive 10 seconds against someone like the 400-pound madman from Sudan, who has torn apart more than one opponent’s face with his teeth, a pencil or whatever his favorite foreign object of the moment happens to be.

As another brutally cold winter whips through the Northeast, it’s a good time to be in the fuel business, knowing that your product is helping keep people alive and businesses open. Yet in states like New York where oil and gas production is not appreciated as it should be, the business is quite challenging.

Despite a recent bump in oil prices, the industry remains largely in retreat as large companies such as Marathon Oil, Apache and ConocoPhillips continue to announce plans to slash capital budgets.

With the oil and gas industry already feeling the drain of skilled workers and executives leaving due to retirements, there is some fear a prolonged decline will hasten further departures of valued personnel. Layoffs throughout the oil patch have already surpassed the 100,000 mark worldwide, according to Bloomberg.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Get your butt out of Albany and go see how the rest of your state lives. Or you might not have much of a state left.

One memory that stands out from my 1970s tenure as a reporter in New York’s Southern Tier is that of an economy stuck in reverse. Broome County centers around Binghamton, a city of 47,000 that has lost nearly half its population since the 1950s.

Members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) are taking concrete steps to reduce methane emissions from their systems and have made commitments to find ways to curb releases even further.

The digital edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal, April 2015, Vol. 242, No. 4.

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