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Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell each suspended shale exploration in Europe, Russia and China, while those companies have cut fracking spending in nations such as Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Obama to Order Gov't to Cut Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 19, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House.

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Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The House Taxation Committee held a hearing on a bill Wednesday that would impose a 4.33 percent tax on ethanol products and electricity from renewable sources.

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Feds Eye Oil, Gas Drilling Off East Coast, Alaska, Gulf

March 19, 2015 10:02 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | Comments

Business and petroleum groups say they want to be able to explore whether significant oil and gas reserves exist that could stabilize energy prices and help the economy overall.

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Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The lawsuits relate to the discovery of genetically modified wheat on a farm in Oregon in May 2013. The wheat had not been approved, and after the discovery, Japan and South Korea temporarily suspended some wheat orders.

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Maryland Bill Would Restrict Ingredients, Chemicals in School Meals

March 18, 2015 3:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The bill targets artificial sweeteners, colors and flavorings, along with additives such as monosodium glutamate and azodicarbonamide and preservatives including butylated hydroxyanisole.

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Saudi Arabia Hopes to Lure Shale Workers From The US

March 18, 2015 3:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Saudi Arabia hopes U.S. shale workers — many of them casualties of the ongoing downturn in crude prices — will consider the deserts of the Middle East as their new home.

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Largest US Cache of Chemical Weapons About to be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 3:24 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

The first container of mustard agent was moved into an airtight containment building at Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado, and crews expected to open it and neutralize it later in the day.

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Chemical Regulation Overhaul Bill Faces Opposition in Senate

March 18, 2015 3:20 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he found it ironic that Republicans would push to give power to the EPA — "the same EPA that they want to cut the budget of. Frankly, I don't think that passes the laugh test if I may say so."

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EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 18, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The agreement could also enable the agencies to coordinate reviews when toxins are subject to regulation by both agencies.

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Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic from Potatoes

March 18, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The agreement between biotech firm Bio-on and potato products company Pizzoli aims to produce 2,000 tons of bioplastics annually with the hope of doubling that capacity in the future.

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General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

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Oilpatch Firms Selling Stock to Shore up Finances, But Who's Buying?

March 18, 2015 10:54 am | by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Comments

Energy firms have been looking to raise billions in financing by selling big chunks of their own stock — betting that investors smell a buying opportunity.

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Greenbrier Shares Find Energy Outside of Energy Sector

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The railroad freight-car maker Greenbrier announced a sharp hike in orders during the second quarter, but industry watchers honed in on what railroads want to buy, rather than how much.

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Panel Nears Decision on Coal-Fired Power Plant Closure Plan

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come.

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