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January 16, 2013
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  • ACC study shows impact of natural gas on 8 U.S. industries; $72B in estimated investment and construction activity  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. should seek clarity on fracking rules, Shell's Voser says
    The U.S. could learn from China's clarity on energy and hydraulic-fracturing policy, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser says. "We are looking for a business environment with clear regulations which set the right standards. If they come from the state or federal level, personally speaking, I really don't care. I just need clarity [on] what to do," Voser says. Natural gas "can bring manufacturing and petrochemical industries back, and that is where the jobs are. I would find it peculiar if the U.S. [does] not grab this opportunity," he adds. The Wall Street Journal (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BASF-Ineos JV targets Asian expansion
    The BASF-Ineos plastics joint venture called Styrolution is expanding in India and South Korea and hopes to do so in Thailand. "We are now starting to kick off a discussion on our more long-term strategy," said Styrolution CEO Roberto Gualdoni. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Study: Recycling technologies to reduce fracking's demand for water
    The amount of water used for hydraulic fracturing in Texas is expected to level off beginning in 2020 as water-recycling technologies catch up with the demands of drilling activity, a study says. "We are using more and more brackish water, and reuse or recycled water, and we think that is all positive," said CJ Tredway, a consultant with the Texas Oil and Gas Association, which funded the study. TexasTribune.org (Austin) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists develop nano-enabled microsupercapacitor
    Rice University researchers have developed a graphene- and carbon-based microsupercapacitor that enables greater energy storage and could be used in renewable energy applications and portable devices. "Since the 3D hybrid material also has fantastic electrical conductivity and high surface area, it would now be interesting for us to look into other applications for these supercapacitors, such as advanced electrodes for lithium ion batteries," said Jian Lin, one of the researchers. NanotechWeb.org (U.K.) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Beef up bench strength with smarter hiring
    Bench strength is critical for adapting to changes and being more innovative, so develop a more qualified workforce by hiring "the perfect match and don't fall prey to the 'we just need someone' syndrome," writes Russell Glass, CEO of business marketing company Bizo. He also advises making hires of people who are a cultural fit and being transparent with employees because they will help make smarter decisions for the organization, he writes. VentureBeat (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • In Texas, natural gas and American chemistry continue to drive economic growth
    Oil and gas drilling have loomed large in the Texas economy for decades. Now the production of low-priced natural gas from shale is transforming the state's petrochemical industry and creating a surge in the exports of ethylene and plastics. Learn more about the recent report by Jesse Thompson of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and its conclusions on the impact of shale gas exploration on the state's economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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