Most of the nation’s largest manufacturing areas show no evidence of a substantial shortage of skilled workers, according to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The most serious gap is localized to a few key manufacturing areas, and most concerns are overblown for the near-term.
Oil companies now have access to technology that enables them to recycle water used for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), according to a recent report from the Forum News Service. This is good news because disposing wastewater from fracking, in many instances, is expensive.
However, implementing the technology in the Bakken, a prominent region for fracking that covers parts of Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, “will take time as operators adjust to the new methods and regulators respond with new permitting rules,” the report says.
The process of fracking typically involves shooting a highly pressurized mixture of water and sand or ceramics into an oil or gas reservoir several thousand feet underground, “often with the help of a small percentage of additives that aid in delivering that solution down the hatch,” explain officials from Halliburton, which drilled the first fracked well in the 1940s. Read more
While the nation frets over the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones), the market is expanding for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), their seagoing counterparts. Advancements in communications and automation technologies are helping to reduce the cost of USVs, which are being sought to decrease reliance on manned crews for specific applications. Read more