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Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence in Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies. Analysts largely lauded the deal, which further links companies that have worked together since 2011 and signals Schlumberger's intent to grow in the region.

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Drinking Water Trucked Into Montana City After Oil Spill

January 20, 2015 10:15 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

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Japan Nuclear Plant Worker Dies After Falling Into Tank

January 20, 2015 10:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A worker at Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant died after falling into a water storage tank, the latest in a growing number of accidents at the site still struggling to clean up the mess from the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Currently, the plant's decades-long decommissioning involves nearly 7,000 workers.

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SC Plant Workers Evacuated Because of Ammonia Spill

January 16, 2015 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An ammonia spill at a manufacturing plant in upstate South Carolina forced the evacuation of several hundred workers as emergency crews responded to the scene. Local media outlets report the spill happened at the Robert Bosch plant near Anderson about 10 a.m. on Friday.

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Novartis to Close Manufacturing Plant in Puerto Rico by 2019

January 16, 2015 3:42 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Puerto Rico is still considered one of the world's leading centers for pharmaceutical manufacturing, but the sector has been shrinking. The U.S. territory has been offering incentives for manufacturing plants to expand and is pushing to diversify its manufacturing base by seeking aerospace and information technology companies.

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Plastics Trade Group Accepting Entries for Safety Awards

January 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

This week the Society of the Plastics Industry began accepting entries for the 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards Program. The program allows the trade group to track safety issues in the plastics industry through the applications, which require redacted copies of forms filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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US Regulators Cite Millstone For 'Very Low' Safety Issues

January 16, 2015 9:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a special inspection of a backup pump at the Millstone Power Station has raised two findings it characterizes as of "very low safety significance." The findings are the latest among safety and security problems the NRC has identified at Connecticut's sole nuclear power plant.

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Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 9:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula. Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide.

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Illinois Community College to Offer Degree in Fracking

January 15, 2015 5:37 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

 The school said the new degree program will focus on horizontal fracking practices and will prepare students for jobs in planning, development and the operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities.

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Drug Use at Large Gathering Causes Spike in Water Contaminants

January 15, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.in | Comments

Research shows a large music festival in Taiwan resulted in a spike in a slew of chemical contaminants — both over-the-counter and illicit — in nearby waterways. The findings underscore the potential impact of pharmaceuticals and recreational drugs on the environment — along with the lack of regulations needed to address those threats.

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California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

January 15, 2015 9:56 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | Comments

The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and almond orchards. In recent years, the chemical has caused hundreds of people to suffer from irritated eyes, coughing fits and headaches, state officials said.

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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels at Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 14, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | Comments

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment,calling for additional government regulations on the practices.

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Obama Moves to Create First Methane Limits For Gas Drilling

January 14, 2015 9:37 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Obama's intention to eventually force industry to cut methane emissions has long been part of his broader strategy on climate change.

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Worker Dies After Found Unconscious at Citgo Unit in Texas

January 14, 2015 9:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A worker has died after being found unconscious at a Citgo Petroleum Corp. refinery in South Texas. Citgo officials on Wednesday did not immediately release the name of the worker who died following the accident at a plant in Corpus Christi.

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Poll: An Appetite For Labeling Genetically Modified Foods

January 14, 2015 9:22 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not. Currently, the FDA doesn't require labeling of GMOs, saying those on the market are safe. Consumer advocates backing labeling say shoppers have a right to know what is in their food.

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