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DuPont Co. spokesman Aaron Woods on Wednesday said no workers were hurt at the DuPont Sabine (suh-BEEN') River Works in Orange. Woods says the emergency shutdown Tuesday night has closed one polyethylene unit amid the company investigation into the incide

Trian Wants DuPont To Split Its Business

September 17, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP wants DuPont to separate its business into two companies in an effort to boost shareholder value and improve its financial performance.                                            

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Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Shell & Motiva Enterprises Pay Millions In Back Wages After Investigation

September 17, 2014 10:55 am | by U.S. Dept. of Labor | Comments

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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U.S. Current Account Deficit Dips

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.                                         

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Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.                           

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Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 10:11 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. senator said he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program.                                     

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Grants Extension On Power Plant Pollution Plan

September 17, 2014 10:02 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.                     

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China Rig Finds Gas After Vietnam Standoff

September 16, 2014 10:41 am | by IAN MADER, Associated Press | Comments

The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced today.                               

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Refinery Closure Leads To High Asphalt Expense

September 16, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Road construction costs north of the Alaska Range have increased because of the higher cost of asphalt, a consequence predicted when the North Pole refinery stopped producing asphalt oil in June.                             

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Keystone XL Operator Asks For PUC Recertification

September 16, 2014 10:35 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | Comments

The operator of the long-delayed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline has formally asked South Dakota's utility regulators to recertify the portion of the project that runs through the state.                                                             

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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.

Duke Energy To Spend $500M On Solar Power

September 16, 2014 10:34 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | Comments

Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet North Carolina's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy.                                                               

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Nestle Purina Plant Investigation Begins

September 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                                 

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EPA Continues Push For Water Rules

September 16, 2014 10:22 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

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Producer Prices Remain Unchanged In August

September 16, 2014 10:15 am | by CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.                                  

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PG&E Officials Resign Over Improper Emails

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Emails showing California regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appearing to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases led the state's top regulator to remove himself from two PG&E cases and four senior officials on both sides to resign.

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WV Spill Hearings Postponed For A Year

September 16, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won't get a hearing for another year.                                     

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Leaky Wells, Not Fracking, Taint Water

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead.                                            

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