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March 14, 2013
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  • Obama, industry CEOs discuss cybersecurity measures
    Honeywell CEO David Cote and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson were among U.S. chief executives who met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday to discuss cybersecurity and the need for companies to cooperate on information sharing. "I think we all agreed that we want as light a government touch on this as possible," Cote said. "All of us recognize there's going to be a need for legislation here. We want to be able to make sure that it's done intelligently, smartly, working together, so that we get that light touch that allows flexibility and effectiveness." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/13), CNBC (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Interior chief pushes for disclosure of fracking chemicals
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar emphasized the need for drillers to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing during his trip to San Francisco. "People need to know what's being injected into the underground. I tell people in the oil and gas industry that unless they embrace a set of reforms like that, including disclosure, that it'll be the Achilles Heel of their industry," Salazar said. San Francisco Chronicle/Fossils & Photons blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lyondell plans NGL, ethylene projects in U.S.
    LyondellBasell Industries announced U.S. petrochemical projects including a $430 million ethylene capacity expansion in Texas, a $200 million polyethylene plant and another $200 million for a natural gas liquids facility. "The availability of abundant supplies of natural gas and natural gas liquids from shale deposits is creating a tremendous advantage for U.S. manufacturers, and LyondellBasell is well positioned to seize this opportunity at our Gulf Coast and Midwest facilities," CEO James Gallogly said. Chemical Week (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. needs to study fracking, governor says
    California needs to consider hydraulic fracturing for shale oil development, Gov. Jerry Brown said. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, California's Monterey shale play could contain more than 15 billion barrels of oil. Any fracking decisions would be based on common sense, science and a process that "listens to people but also wants to take advantage of the great opportunities we have," Brown said. Reuters (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • DuPont, Dow Chemical seek to reduce food waste through packaging
    Dow Chemical and DuPont are working to reduce food waste through innovative packaging technologies. "This is clearly a significant task that requires a lot of collaboration and many different solutions, but it demonstrates the potential impact of packaging and value chain collaboration," said Jeff Wooster, global sustainability leader for plastics at Dow. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • How successful executives manage their time
    The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Pete Drucker. "If you're just doing what comes in, you're on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Participation still available for ACC's REACH workshop: "REACH & CLP Requirements -- What U.S. companies need to do"
    ACC is partnering with Steptoe & Johnson LLP to conduct a REACH workshop at ACC headquarters on Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please join us to learn about tasks to complete before the next REACH registration deadline (May 31), lessons learned during the first registration cycle, and other issues surrounding REACH compliance. Should you and/or someone on your staff plan to participate, please notify ACC's Lora Magruder. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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