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Supply Losses Could Strain Spare Production Capacity

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Crude oil supply losses could result in some OPEC nations having to draw from their spare production capacities, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In its monthly report, the Paris-based IEA said disruptions in Venezuela, Iran and Libya will require other oil producing countries to increase their output.  Covering the shortage in supply will […]

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OOIDA Petition Denied by the FMCSA

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied a petition by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to exempt small carriers from its electronic logging device mandate. Related: Check out our previous coverage here According to the Petroleum Marketer’s Association of America (PMAA), the reason for the denial will remain unknown until it is […]

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Union Pacific sees Metrics Slip in Wake of Crew Shortages

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Freight hauler Union Pacific has reported a slip in its key service metrics, believed to be driven by crew shortages and a tunnel collapse. According to sources, the company is recruiting heavily to alleviate lack of manpower, but lack of worker supply is making it difficult.  The large amount of vacations taken during the summer […]

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A Brief History of Oil in America, Part 2

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This is part 2 of a 2 part series.  Read part 1 here. Demand for crude oil continued to increase as the industrial revolution continued.  Natural oils were insufficient in lubricating metal based machinery, so petroleum based lubricants became commonplace.  The first automobile had been made available in 1892, with the first Ford Model T […]

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A Brief History of Oil in America, Part 1

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Oils and lubricants have played a major role throughout the history of the United States, from powering our industry to fueling our vehicles and everything in between. Even before the colonists arrived, Native Americans had used crude oil for various purposes.  Some used it for waterproofing and building and most believed it had medicinal properties.  […]

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Cummins Acquires Electric Drive Train Company

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Cummins has taken another step towards integrating electric power after it acquired Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a California company known for its commercial hybrid and electric power technology. Cummins had previously introduced a concept hybrid truck in 2017.  They continued their commitment to electric power, acquiring Brammo, a producer of electric traction motors, and Matthey […]

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Volvo Penta to Begin Producing Electric Power Systems

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Volvo Penta, the division of the Volvo group that produces marine and industrial engines, has announced it will introduce electric power systems in their products by the year 2021. According to sources, the company has created the self-imposed deadline in an effort to offer customers new and appropriate technologies across all of their customer applications.  […]

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Three Killed, 37 Injured in Construction Site Fire

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A construction site fire in the central South Korean town of Sejong has left three dead and 37 injured according to several news sources. The fire began at 1:16 p.m. local time after an explosion was heard at an underground parking lot beneath the site.  Officials said the underground lot had been painted and coated […]

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Meeting the Challenges of Commercial Fleet Management

From repairs to logistics and everything in between, maintaining a commercial fleet presents a huge range of challenges that can trip up even the most experienced professionals. Fleets have many moving parts to maintain and new technology has made maintenance even more difficult. According to Greg Wyatt, Commercial Fleet Manager for PetroChoice, the most important […]

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Audi CEO arrested as Volkswagen Diesel Probe Continues

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was taken into custody by German authorities Wednesday as fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal continues almost three years after the fact. According to Bloomberg, authorities were concerned that Stadler would tamper with evidence.  Prosecutors have been investigating Audi’s role in the diesel emissions scandal since 2015.  Audi is one of […]

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