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Natural Gas from Shale: A Boon or a Danger?

marcellus shaleThe BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has greatly increased public attention to U.S. energy supplies (as well as severely tarnishing the image of BP and, by extension, the entire oil industry). At the same time there has been great movement in the natural gas arena, with promises that gas, widely perceived as more environmentally friendly than oil, may account for a greatly increased share of U.S. energy.

 


Chemical Plant Security: An Evolving Field

chem securityShortly after 9/11 there was considerable worry about attacks on U.S. chemical plants. So far no plants have been attacked but is that just dumb luck or are we doing something right? This article will look at the nature of the threat, what’s currently available to protect plants, how industrial control systems are dealing with cyber-security threats, and what to expect in the future.

Purging Gas Lines in All the Wrong Places

explosionIt is important to make sure that gas supply lines contain nothing but gas before the equipment they feed is started. Unfortunately, there seems to have been little guidance or regulation on how this should be done, and sometimes the pipes are purged (in pipeline work the process is called blowdown) into the interior of a building. With all that gas around just a spark can blow the place up. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) cites a number of explosions dating back to 1997 caused by improper purging - practices that were in most cases allowable under prevailing regulations.

Mining: Polarized by Cash

miningLeading up to publication of Valve Magazine’s 2010 Market Outlook cover story (mid-October), we take a look at a few of the industries that we did not have room to address in the print edition, but are available for our readers here on ValveMagazine.com. We previously covered the pulp & paper and commercial construction markets.

Pulp & Paper: Losing Battle with Electronics, But Opportunities Remain

papermillLeading up to publication of Valve Magazine’s 2010 Market Outlook cover story (mid-October), we take a look at a few of the industries that we did not have room to address in the print edition, but are available for our readers here on ValveMagazine.com. We begin with pulp & paper. Check back in the next couple of weeks for forecasts on commercial construction and mining, which were among the many industries addressed at VMA’s Market Outlook Workshop, held Aug. 13-14, 2009.

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