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

U.S. Chemical Production Higher In June

July 23, 2014 5:14 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), following an upwardly revised 0.5 percent gain in May, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) continued to expand, rising by 0.3 percent in June. Chemical output was higher in all regions.

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Multi-Million Metal Research Center Heads To Detroit

July 23, 2014 5:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.                 

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Oil Gains On Sharp Drop In U.S. Supplies

July 23, 2014 4:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil rose Wednesday after the government reported that U.S. oil supplies rose more than expected.                                              

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Air Quality Deemed Safe After Oil Supply Plant Fire

July 23, 2014 4:51 pm | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," according to North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair.                            

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New Safety Rules Proposed To Phase Out Old Oil Trains

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

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Oil Supply Plant Fire Finally Extinguished

July 23, 2014 10:07 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

A massive blaze that shot fireballs into the sky at an oil supply and logistics company in a western North Dakota oil patch hub has been extinguished, according to the town's fire department.                                      

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Industrial Fire's Cause Still Unknown

July 23, 2014 10:05 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.                          

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Dow Chemical Adjusted Profit & Revenue Rise

July 23, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Dow Chemical's second-quarter net income slid 62 percent as the prior-year period benefited from a $2.16 billion payment related to a scrapped joint venture.                             

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The EPA's Twitter Faux Pas

July 22, 2014 4:58 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.                                        

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Flaws Found In Gas Drilling Regulation

July 22, 2014 4:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Pennsylvania's state auditor general released a performance audit report saying the Department of Environmental Protection lacks a clear policy on the timeliness and frequency of inspections of the thousands of wells and does not routinely verify information the industry provides about waste disposal.

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Opponents Petition To Halt Vermont Pipeline Construction

July 22, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Critics of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont want construction halted while state regulators review a recent 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate.                              

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Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Exxon Mobil Will Follow Anti-Bias Rules

July 22, 2014 4:46 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will comply with new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, but isn't saying whether it will formalize that wording in its corporate policies.                    

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Lawsuit Expected After Tar Sands Oil Ban

July 22, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the governor's energy chief said that he hopes the state can eventually have a conversation about managing the flow of petroleum products rather than having it decided locally.

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Ex-Miner Asks Congress For Help For Black Lung Sufferers

July 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Senate Health Committee's employment and workplace safety subcommittee held the hearing in response to a series by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News on black lung benefits claims for miners. The yearlong investigation, which won a Pulitzer prize for the Center for Public Integrity, examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.

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Saltwater Spill Cleanup Could Take Years

July 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.           

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