Mining: Then and Now

Mining has changed over the course of years, including but not limited to the technology, process, health risks and concerns as well as the environment. Back then, in order to claim land miners would simply stick their shovels into the ground and start digging! Today, in order to start digging a mining company would first have to fill out paperwork and pay a fee to make their claim on a piece of property. This process can take up to 10 years, sometimes even longer! There…

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Solar energy rises

Despite the falling oil prices ( now lower than ever), the solar, wind and energy industry is on the rise for power. The industry is keeping up with the latest technologies and therefore being extremely competitive all around the world. For example. India who’s air quality is very poor due to pollution will be using clean energy to reduce waste. Another example, “China is cutting back its use of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, even though it’s cheap. Developing countries in Africa, where many people don’t have…

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Public education is benefiting from the low oil prices

Believe it or not, there are those that are actually benefiting from the low oil prices and no they are not the people at the pump but the public schools.  How is this so? Well, there are many schools in North Texas, for example, that have oil and gas producing properties within their district boundaries. In turn, many local districts receive millions of money per year in property tax alone. To give you an idea, Last year, Fort Worth ISD received $9.1 million from oil…

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Oil prices start to rise again

For almost a whole year oil prices were down, and although this was a good news for many consumers, it was bad news for everyone who lost their jobs due to the oil being so low. Now as the hurricane season is upon us; oil prices are starting to rise and jobs are slowly opening up again. Some of the top companies are taking advantage of this increase in price as their stocks have begun to raise. “There are eight energy stocks in the Standard…

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Drilling in the Arctic, Is it catastrophic?

According to, “the guardian,” Shell will continue to drill in Alaska, thanks to the Obama Administration. Researchers and Environmentalists are asking why Shell is allowed to drill when only months prior the Anglo-Dutch oil tried to drill in the same area but was refused. Scientists believe that drilling in the Arctic could possibly, “lead to a serious of dangerous blunders, resulting in a disaster.” “Tim Donaghy, quotes; Shell has a history of dangerous malfunctioning in the Arctic while global scientists agree that Arctic oil must…

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Women are the new targets in the Energy Industry

“Fracking and horizontal drilling have unleashed an energy extravaganza in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic. American and international energy companies are churning out billions of barrels of oil and gas and attracting thousands of workers eager for entry-level paychecks of $50,000 to $60,000. In fact, in boom states like North Dakota, demand for workers is outstripping supply, as jobs remain unfilled.” Women are now stepping into these positions more than ever now. Men are not the only targets that the Oil and Gas companies are looking…

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Leaking?

What is a leak and why is it important to know when you have one? In terms of a pipeline, it is very important to check for leaks as the liquid may cause damage to the inside and outside of a pipe. “The small leaks are the ones that are more problematic to find, because they may be created by inadequate fabrication.”  Most leaks are started by having corrosion on the equipment. To further break it down; corrosion is a natural process caused by several…

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Forged Steel Valves

Forged Steel Valves Forged steel valves are used in Oil Refining and other industrial applications where forged steel material is required. Higher pressures and temperatures are usually involved and the line size is generally under the size of “2”. In other conditions, forged steel valves might be a good choice for better performance, such as system requirements for socket-weld piping and compatibility of media. Forged check valves, forged gate valves, forged globe valves are a few of the different types and depending what the media…

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The Chocolate Industry Today

The Chocolate Industry Today We’ve heard of pipelines used for oil to be transported, but what about chocolate?  “Nowadays it is almost impossible to think about a chocolate industry without pigging technology. Not only chocolate masses and fillings can be transported through pipelines but also problematic products such as cocoa, nuts or crunches.” How is chocolate transported? “Chocolate is transported through the pipeline with a temperature of 45-50°C. When the product has a lower temperature than that, there is no possibility to pump and /…

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Pipe Logistics Contractor Opens New Houston Headquarters

Have you heard of a high dollar, well-known company called Pe Ben USA? Well, I have not, until now! I discovered being how I am located in Houston, TX; Pe Ben USA recently consolidated its headquarters, maintenance, and also storage facility right here at a 20-acre location; located in Northwest Houston. However, they opened an office back in 1996, but decided to make Houston their homebound. Shocking right? Well it gets better… The CEO, Dale Mykyte bought the site in August 2010. They finally moved…

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