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Shell Heads For Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits

June 26, 2015 4:17 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea.

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Board of Corruption-Riddled Nigerian Oil Company Dissolved

June 26, 2015 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nigeria's new president on Friday dissolved the board of the state oil company from which billions of dollars is missing, a move likely preceding an investigation.

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Company Looking at Downsizing Proposed Coal-to-Liquid Plant

June 26, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The announcement Wednesday by Houston-based DKRW Advanced Fuels raised new skepticism about whether the plant at Medicine Bow in Carbon County would be built.

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Monsanto to Upgrade Herbicide Plant

June 26, 2015 3:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hugh Grant, CEO of the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant, said the company would invest more than $1 billion in the Luling facility during the next three to five years.

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Study: Fracking Doesn't Have to be Rough on The Environment

June 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers at Northwestern University believe that improving the operational efficiency of natural gas fracking could produce a "win-win" for both the U.S. energy sector and the environment.

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California Oil Spill Gushed Like Hose 'Without a Nozzle'

June 26, 2015 9:50 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Plains All American is facing scrutiny from federal regulators and lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the spill, which washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.

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Terrorist Beheading, Explosion at US-Owned Gas Factory in France

June 26, 2015 9:39 am | by LORI HINNANT, LAURENT CIPRIANI, Associated Press | Comments

The industrial site belongs to Air Products, an American chemical company based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Synthetic Biology Used to Engineer New Route to Biochemicals

June 25, 2015 5:35 pm | by University of California - Davis | Comments

A chemistry professor at UC Davis aims to design and build new biochemical pathways within living cells, based on existing pathways from other living things.

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Scientists Study Possibility That a Cocktail of Everyday Chemicals Could Trigger Cancer

June 25, 2015 4:58 pm | by Brunel University | Comments

The study selected 85 chemicals not considered carcinogenic to humans and found 50 supported key cancer-related mechanisms at exposures found in the environment today.

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US Chemical Production Down Slightly in May

June 25, 2015 4:51 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

There were gains in the output of pesticides, chlor-alkali, other specialties, and synthetic rubber. These gains were offset, however, by declines in the production of plastic resins, organic chemicals, adhesives, fertilizers, acids, phosphates, sulfates, manufactured fibers, and pharmaceuticals.

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EPA to Study Impact of Pesticides on Endangered Species

June 25, 2015 4:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Center for Biological Diversity said that under the terms of the settlement, the EPA will study the impact of glyphosate and atrazine — the most common pesticides in use in the U.S. — on some 1,500 endangered plants and animals by June of 2020.  

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Indian Tribes Sue to Block Southern California Solar Plant

June 25, 2015 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

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Emerging Israel Gas Deal Ignites Fierce Debate

June 25, 2015 4:31 pm | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | Comments

When natural gas was discovered a few years ago off the shores of resource-poor Israel, it was heralded as nothing short of a miracle, but an emerging deal with developers has been plagued by criticism.

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Thermo Fisher Buying Research Chemicals Maker For $403M

June 25, 2015 4:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Scientific instruments maker Thermo Fisher will spend $403 million to acquire a Massachusetts research chemicals producer.

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States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 12:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

With momentum appearing to wane at the state level, Vermont could be the only state impacted if proposed federal labeling legislation goes into law.

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