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March 13, 2012
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  • N.Y. hydraulic fracturing can be done safely, experts say
    Drilling advocates and experts who have studied hydraulic fracturing argue that the practice can be safe and economically beneficial for New York state if proper precautions are taken. "The way the well is drilled, cased and cemented, the way those processes are required and regulated and inspected and assured, are the most important things we can do to prevent potential problems either in the near term or the long term," said Mark Zoback, a geophysics professor who was on a federal panel that studied hydraulic fracking. CNN (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consensus builds that fracking isn't causing water issues
    Regulators, energy firms and the academe are in general agreement that the structural integrity of natural gas drilling wells, and not hydraulic fracturing, is the cause of drinking-water issues near aquifers. Every case of contamination examined in Pennsylvania and Colorado "was caused by a failure of the integrity of the well, and almost always it was the cement job," said Mark Boling, executive vice president and general counsel at Southwestern Energy. The Wall Street Journal (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Nanotech could help bioplastics take off in food packaging
    Dow Benelux researchers have developed a nano-based catalyst that could ease the process of converting organic feedstock into material suitable for creating plastics. "The focus of this project is on conventional plastic with a green feedstock," said Matthijs Ruitenbeek of Dow Benelux. "This breakthrough is an important stepping stone towards the main goal of commercializing the production of plastics from biomass." (France) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 300 sustainability leaders to be trained through Dow Chemical funding
    Dow Chemical will spend $10 million over six years to fund the Dow Sustainability Fellows initiative, which will partner with the University of Michigan to train about 300 sustainability leaders. "At Dow, we know that the most successful partnerships are formed when there is a foundational belief that business interests and public interests should be aligned in order to create long-term solutions for the greater good of humanity," said Dow Chemical Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris. (Michigan) (free registration) (3/12), (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Solar-power efficiency could be boosted by high-temp storage system
    Solar startup Halotechnics seeks to combat high cost and intermittent power generation in solar technologies through an efficient thermal energy-storage system. The system could achieve the cost-per-kilowatt-hour target of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. "To hit that 6-cent goal, or get close to it, you have to go to a higher-temperature system," said Mark Mehos of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. MIT Technology Review online (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • How to turn employees into true believers
    Leaders must focus on changing their workers' actions, thoughts or belief systems, Red Hat President Jim Whitehurst says. It's almost always better to focus on turning your workers into true believers, Whitehurst explains, since they'll automatically also start thinking and acting correctly. "If people really fundamentally believe what you want them to believe, they will walk through walls. They will do anything," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The best leaders never stop learning
    Bosses must broaden their minds in order to lead their workers successfully, writes Samuel G. Bonasso. Instead of simply sticking to what you know, actively seek new perspectives and new ways of thinking about problems and organizational processes. "Inquire. You'll be amazed at what you find," Bonasso writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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ACC News 
  • Responsible Care: Delivering ROI in More Ways Than Ever
    As part of our ongoing efforts to help ACC members maximize their value from Responsible Care, the American Chemistry Council, in partnership with insurance broker Marsh USA, has developed a new tool -- the Responsible Care Insurance Negotiating Guide. Using this new tool has the potential to bring significant bottom line value to Responsible Care practitioner companies. The guide highlights examples of the advantages of Responsible Care from a risk-management standpoint that companies can use in insurance negotiation and renewal discussions. It also includes charts and graphs that can be used to illustrate your company's EHS&S performance improvements from Responsible Care. For a copy of the guide or for more information, ACC member companies can contact Dave Gleason. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 60,000 emergency responders receive anhydrous ammonia safety training
    More than 60,000 emergency responders across 37 states have received training in the safe handling and distribution of anhydrous ammonia by TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities in preparing for and responding to a possible hazardous-material transportation incident. The Anhydrous Ammonia Training Tour is the first nationwide, product-specific training module of its kind. Launched in the spring of 2011, the program concentrates on a number of topics, including ammonia properties, transportation protocol, equipment handling and emergency response in the event of a release. The tour focuses on regions of the country where use of anhydrous ammonia in agriculture applications is prevalent. Learn more about the training and its 2012 schedule. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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