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Chemical Blast At GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 1, 2014 5:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a chemical explosion at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana has left one person dead and five others injured.                          

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Petroleum Refinery Capacity Up, Ownership Shifts

July 1, 2014 4:16 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

As of January 1, 2014, there were 139 operating refineries and three idle refineries with total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity (ACDU) of 17.9 million barrels per calendar day (bbl/cd), a 101,000-bbl/cd increase in capacity from January 1, 2013.

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Gold Mine Is A Go In Alaska

July 1, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Donlin Gold and the Kuskokwim Corp. have agreed to terms on land-use rights for a proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver of Bethel.                                          

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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Group Threatens To Sue Duke Energy

July 1, 2014 4:00 pm | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | Comments

An environmental group says it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution at three plants along North Carolina rivers.                      

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Ex-BP Exec Can Be Tried On Obstruction Charge

July 1, 2014 10:59 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling Monday.                          

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U.S. Manufacturers Expanded In June

July 1, 2014 10:57 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew in June for the 13th straight month. But the pace of the expansion slowed from May.                                       

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Texas & North Dakota Lead In Crude Production

July 1, 2014 10:46 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total.                          

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Oil Gains As China Manufacturing Improves

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil rose Tuesday on expectations for stronger demand following an improvement in manufacturing activity in China, the world's biggest oil importer.                              

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Supreme Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 1, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.                         

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Fracking Study Finds New Wells Leak More

July 1, 2014 10:28 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.                             

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Leaking Oil Pipeline Burns, Evacuates Thousands

July 1, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, according to a government oil company.                              

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

2014 Comprehensive Economic Profile Of American Chemistry

June 30, 2014 3:07 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued its 2014 edition of the Guide to the Business of Chemistry, a detailed economic profile of the chemistry industry and its contributions to the U.S. and world economies.                           

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ConAgra Completes Oregon Expansion

June 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. has completed a $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon.                                    

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Judge Lets State Intervene In Pebble Case

June 30, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Alaska is now party to a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its involvement with the proposed Pebble Mine.                                      

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Fuel Standard Dispute

June 30, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                          

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