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Judge: 3 Million Barrels Discharged After 2010 BP Spill

January 16, 2015 9:29 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion.

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Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula. Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide.

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Illinois Community College to Offer Degree in Fracking

January 15, 2015 5:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The school said the new degree program will focus on horizontal fracking practices and will prepare students for jobs in planning, development and the operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities.

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Drug Use at Large Gathering Causes Spike in Water Contaminants

January 15, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.in | News | Comments

Research shows a large music festival in Taiwan resulted in a spike in a slew of chemical contaminants — both over-the-counter and illicit — in nearby waterways. The findings underscore the potential impact of pharmaceuticals and recreational drugs on the environment — along with the lack of regulations needed to address those threats.

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Judge: Dairy Pollution Threatens Washington Valley's Water

January 15, 2015 5:03 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.

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Five Stunning Stats About Exxon

January 15, 2015 4:54 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

How many Olympic-sized swimming pools does ExxonMobil produce enough oil to fill each day? If ExxonMobile was a country, how big would its economy be? Check out these five incredible facts about the multinational oil and gas corporation.

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Safety Catalog

January 15, 2015 10:49 am | by Brady | Product Releases | Comments

The new Safety, Facility and Equipment Identification Catalog (S-34) features 9,257 additional parts to provide a more comprehensive view of Brady’s safety and identification solutions.

OPEC: Shale Producers Need to "Learn a Lesson"

January 15, 2015 10:41 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

There's been a lot of noise about OPEC's role in the current decline of oil prices — but UAE Energy Minister, Suhail al-Mazrouei says shale producers should be "rational" about their output and that the market may not be suitable for them. 

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We Burn 2.7 Million Gallons a Minute, so Why's Oil so Cheap?

January 15, 2015 10:03 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher — and is rising. Yet the price of a barrel of oil has fallen by more than half over the past six months because the globe, experts say, is awash in oil.  

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California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

January 15, 2015 9:56 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and almond orchards. In recent years, the chemical has caused hundreds of people to suffer from irritated eyes, coughing fits and headaches, state officials said.

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The Myth Of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 5:01 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

According to Nager's January 2015 report, "It is easy to get the impression that American manufacturing has entered a new and exciting period of revival. Many in the media, along with consulting firms and economists, now tout the term 'manufacturing renaissance' to describe this so-called revival...If only that were true." 

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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels at Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 14, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment,calling for additional government regulations on the practices.

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Researcher Uses Crustaceans to Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 14, 2015 3:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped accelerate a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. 

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What Can Reaction Calorimetry Teach Us?

January 14, 2015 11:32 am | by Urs Groth, Product Manager, Reaction Calorimetry, and Market Manager, Reaction Engineering | Blogs | Comments

Developing new compounds and transferring them to production requires an understanding of the chemical route, process and parameters—the sooner, the better. Reaction calorimetry is helping researchers adapt, giving them an ability to meet their goal of safer scale-up at the speed of modern manufacturing.

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Surfactants Not as Harmful For The Environment as Many Thought

January 14, 2015 10:09 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

You don’t have to search far to find someone claiming that surfactants — chemicals used in soaps, shampoos and detergents to help wash dirt away — are dangerous toxins that are harmful for the environment. But after conducting what this researcher says was the biggest study on the environmental impacts of surfactants, the evidence shows otherwise.

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