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February 19, 2013
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  • Ohio shale industry helps generate jobs, officials say
    The shale oil and natural gas industry in Ohio has helped generate jobs for the state, officials say. In one year, southeast Ohio's oil drilling and pipelining jobs grew by 24%. "Ohio is fortunate to have a natural gift with great potential for reinvigorating our economy: huge deposits of shale rock, beneath which sit potentially vast reserves of oil and natural gas," said Michael Colbert, director of the state's Department of Job and Family Services. The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (Wheeling, W.Va.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rep. Whitfield: Executive action on GHG emissions will mean lawsuits
    President Barack Obama is likely to empower the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the greenhouse-gas emissions of power plants, which probably will trigger a legal battle, said Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. "Courts have overturned EPA quite a bit in the last four years," he said. "The judges use very strong language [about] the extraordinary powers that EPA has given to itself beyond what they have by statute." Platts (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC: Hazard claims against plastics are unwarranted
    A journal article's claim that plastics should be declared hazardous for effects on marine life is "neither justified nor helpful," according to the American Chemistry Council. "Plastics used in food contact and medical device applications are evaluated for safety by governments around the world. And the plastics identified by the authors as 'higher priorities' are used in durable applications (pipes, siding, roofing, refrigerators) which are not generally littered or found in the ocean," said Steve Russell, ACC's vice president of plastics. PlasticsNews.com/The Plastics Blog (2/18), Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)/Postmedia News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Next USGS chief should be an economic geologist, lawmakers say
    An economic geologist should succeed outgoing U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt, who announced her resignation last month, several Senate Republicans said in a letter to President Barack Obama. "We believe that an individual with such a background could most effectively balance the additional activities that USGS has taken on over the years with those contemplated by its Organic Act, which provides for 'the classification of the public lands and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources and products of the national domain,'" the lawmakers said. Oil & Gas Journal (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 4 leadership lessons from George Washington
    George Washington led his troops to victory against the British redcoats at Trenton, N.J., in 1777 in part by adopting a more democratic approach to leadership, writes Signe Spencer. Rather than simply issuing commands and expecting obedience, Washington sought the advice of his subordinates and thereby hatched a battle plan that was more innovative and effective than anything a single general could have devised alone. Great Leadership (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Find a fixer to help you navigate new cultures
    Bosses hoping to give useful feedback to workers from other cultures, or to lead foreign workforces effectively, need to learn the local rules of social behavior, writes Andy Molinsky. One way to do that is to find a guide or fixer who can help avoid cultural misunderstandings. "A mentor who appreciates your position as well as the expectations of the new culture can help you craft a new style that fits where you are and that feels authentic to you," Molinsky writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Monthly resin market data for 2013 now available from ACC
    ACC's resin reports are recognized as a leading data source on the plastics resins industry. Based on detailed surveys of major North American producers, ACC publishes authoritative industry reports on production and end use sales for major plastic resins. Go online for complete details including sample reports, 2013 subscription pricing and how to order. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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