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Dow Chemical 1Q Net Income Jumps

April 23, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Midland, Mich.-based chemical company posted a profit attributable to common shareholders of $964 million, or 79 cents per share, up from $550 million, or 46 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013.           

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2 Week Cool-Down For Sriracha

April 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                          

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Arch Coal Writes Off Coal-To-Liquid Project

April 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Arch Coal Inc. has written off as a loss its total $57.7 million investment in a planned coal-to-liquids plant in southern Wyoming but continues to maintain its equity interest in the project, according to a company spokeswoman and a recent report to federal regulators.

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Management & Safety Citations For WIPP

April 24, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

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Marathon Proposes Louisiana Expansion

April 24, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it is taking the next step toward a potential $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion upgrade to the company's Garyville refinery.                                      

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Gas Explosion Prompts Evacuation

April 24, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Residents and emergency crews are waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.                     

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Oil Companies Fight ND Plan To Slow Production

April 23, 2014 10:37 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | Comments

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a proposal that would cut back on the state's booming oil production as a means of controlling the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of the more valuable substance, oil.

SD Tribe Invokes Treaties Against New Uranium Mine

April 23, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.            

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Utility Says It Is Committed To Plant Site Reuse

April 23, 2014 10:28 am | by The Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI | Comments

Officials with Consumers Energy said they're committed to helping find a new use for the site of a coal-fired power plant in western Michigan that's scheduled to close in two years.              

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Feds: New Laws, Oversight Needed After Texas Blast

April 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented — and agencies at all levels haven't done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, federal officials said Tuesday.    

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Natural Gas Pipeline Subcontractor Sues

April 23, 2014 10:21 am | by Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME | Comments

Another federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with the installation of a natural gas pipeline in the Kennebec Valley. A subcontractor hired to install the pipeline for the $350 million Summit Natural Gas Inc. project is suing the contractor as well as an insurance company.

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Oil Below $102 As U.S. Crude Supplies Seen Rising

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press | Comments

By early afternoon in Europe, U.S. crude for May delivery was down 22 cents to $101.53 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell $1.90 to settle at $101.75.          

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Plastic Machinery Shipments Stay Strong

April 21, 2014 4:40 pm | by Plastics Industry Trade Association | Comments

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013.                    

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Labor Talks Sink Platinum & Palladium

April 21, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Platinum and palladium prices dropped sharply Monday on signs that South African mining companies are close to reaching a labor agreement that would end a four-month strike.                          

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PG&E Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Pipeline Blast

April 21, 2014 3:57 pm | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Twelve States Produced 80% Of 2013 Wind Energy

April 21, 2014 12:42 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA's March Electric Power Monthly report.                             

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