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Court Overturns Conflict Minerals Provision

April 15, 2014 | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a disclosure requirement that public companies must post information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.

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Utilities' Defenses Hold Against Hackers

April 15, 2014 10:23 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | Comments

Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber security.

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BNSF Promises More Fertilizer Trains

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for spring planting, Sen. John Hoeven said Monday.                                      

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Shell Discusses Shale Gas Plant In Pennsylvania

April 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shell Chemical LP plans to hold meetings in western Pennsylvania to discuss the possibility of building a huge natural gas processing plant there.                                               

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Restoring The Ohio Oil Leak Site

April 15, 2014 10:07 am | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | Comments

Crews worked for the fourth week to clean oil that leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve near Cincinnati as officials began to focus on restoration of the affected area.                      

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In The Wake Of West Anniversary, Fire Chief Urges Changes

April 15, 2014 10:05 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.   

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Fitch Downgrades Alcoa's Credit To "Junk"

April 14, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Fitch Ratings Service downgraded Alcoa's credit rating to "junk" status on Friday, saying it thinks the company's leverage will stay high and aluminum prices and profitability will remain low.                       

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Former Energy Executive Denies Theft

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

A former Sheridan energy company executive accused of stealing more than $1 million in royalties has pleaded not guilty to seven felony charges.                                

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Arizona Cuts Electricity & Natural Gas Taxes For Manufacturers

April 14, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses.

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Oil Leak Blamed For Benzene Contamination

April 14, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.            

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Oil Boom Comes To California By Rail

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

There are no pipelines that bring crude oil into California. For decades, the fuel that powers the state's 32 million vehicles has come from tanker ships or in-state production. But government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries.

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Glencore Xstrata Sells Peruvian Mine For $5.58B

April 14, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A group of Chinese state-owned companies is buying a Peruvian copper mine from Glencore Xstrata Plc for $5.85 billion, adding to a wave of Chinese resource acquisitions abroad.                     

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No Sign Of Radiation In Nuclear Dump Water

April 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.                         

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Energy Dept. Seeking Methane Hydrate Proposals

April 14, 2014 10:06 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting for another round of research into methane hydrates, the potentially huge energy source of "frozen gas" that could step in for shortages of other fossil fuels.                  

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Keeping Drugs Out Of The Bakken

April 14, 2014 10:03 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Comments

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on the prairie. Big money is raining down in small towns; oil rigs light up the night sky. But the bonanza has also brought with it a dark side: a growing trade in meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the shadow of sinister cartels and violence.

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Keystone Opponents Take To The Fields

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path.                         

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