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January 4, 2013
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  • Shale gas bolsters U.S. chemical outlook for 2013-15
    The U.S. chemical industry may perform better in 2013 than other mature markets because of the advantages afforded it by shale natural gas. The American Chemistry Council projects that production could increase by as much as "2.9% in 2013 and 5.4% in 2014 before reaching a peak of 5% in 2015," writes Sean Milmo. Royal Society of Chemistry (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Policy Watch 
  • ACC optimistic that Vitter bill on TSCA reform will come in 2013
    The American Chemistry Council and other groups are working with Sen. David Vitter, R-La., on possible legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. "We've been very pleased that since [Vitter] has become the lead Republican on the [Environment and Public Works] committee, that on every public statement he has made for his priorities for 2013 that he has listed TSCA reform ... that gives some confidence that he will be introducing legislation in 2013," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. (free content) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts expect methanol gains in U.S. this year
    LyondellBasell and Methanex plan this year to increase methanol capacity. Lyondell will restart its Texas methanol plant, while Methanex plans to begin moving a Chilean plant to Louisiana. Plant restarts in Texas and Canada scheduled in the next few years might mean an end to U.S. methanol imports by the decade's end, Lane Kelley writes. ICIS News (U.K.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Proposed Alaska fracking rules omit trade-secret exemption
    A draft regulation on hydraulic fracturing by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission would not include trade-secret exemptions as part of its chemical-disclosure rule. Industry groups, however, are expected to mount a challenge against the lack of trade-secret protections. Oil and natural gas drillers can raise the issue at a public hearing in February, said Cathy Foerster, an AOGC commissioner. (free content)/EnergyWire (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chemicals get a bad rap, says British lecturer
    Peter Wothers of Britain's University of Cambridge, who was selected to present the annual Royal Institution's Christmas lectures, says chemicals are getting a bad reputation for being dangerous or unnatural. "Ultimately, our whole world is made up of molecules combined together; we are chemicals," he said. The Guardian (London) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Report: U.S. provides excellent model for shale-gas development
    The U.S. model of extracting shale natural gas should be studied elsewhere, according to a report released by Accenture. "Successful oil and gas operators will be those that understand the local water challenges, leverage the learning from the U.S. plays, and develop the right water sourcing, use-reuse, treatment, disposal, and supply chain strategy," said Melissa Stark of Accenture. Oil & Gas Journal (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty
    Henry Knox, the American revolutionary general, wasn't averse to leading from the front lines, writes Michael Friesen. Before the pivotal battle at Yorktown in 1781, Knox took command of artillery pieces, knowing that the guns' performance would be critical to his army's fate. "A great leader will have a finely tuned ability to delegate but must resist the temptation to abdicate," Friesen notes. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Short on innovation? Maybe you need a "chief rouser"
    Conventional C-suite roles such as chief marketing officer or chief financial officer tend to be too inward-looking to help drive innovation, writes Luis Gallardo. It often pays off to think creatively, creating offbeat titles so that "executives can feel a new sense of purpose and direction in how they manage," he writes. "New titles ... such as chief of reason, chief resilience officer, and chief rouser will open the door to innovation like never before," Gallardo argues. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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