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China, U.S., India Push World Carbon Emissions Up

September 22, 2014 | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.                

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Merck To Buy St. Louis Sigma-Aldrich

September 22, 2014 10:48 am | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | Comments

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment.                      

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Investigation Begins After Natrium Plant Accident

September 22, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Axiall Corp. spokesman says the company is investigating an accident at its Natrium plant that injured four workers.                                    

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Storm Water Causes Toxic Mine Spill

September 22, 2014 10:36 am | by FELIPE LARIOS, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a toxic spill in the Sonora River basin from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday.                                    

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FDA Relaxes Water Quality Standards

September 22, 2014 10:32 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards.                                  

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Broken Rail Blamed For Fiery Train Derailment

September 19, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal investigators have determined a broken rail probably caused a 2012 train derailment, explosion and spectacular fire that damaged a bus depot and led to evacuations in Ohio's capital city.                                

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Support For PolyMet Mine On The Decline

September 19, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A new poll shows support for a proposed copper and nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota has declined.                                               

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Judge: PG&E Emails May Have Violated Rules

September 19, 2014 10:23 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | Comments

California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.                

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CSB Will Investigate Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corporation's Role In Spill

September 19, 2014 10:19 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.                               

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Judge Blocks Gas Line Safety Plan From Public View

September 19, 2014 10:04 am | by JAY REEVES, Associated Press | Comments

A state court judge sided with Alabama Gas Corp. and blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about the utility's plan for gas line safety, which the Alabama Public Service Commission released through an open records request.

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Range Resources To Pay $4M Drilling Waste Fine

September 19, 2014 9:58 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

Energy company Range Resources said it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste.                                   

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Oil Executive Accused Of Dumping Reaches Plea Deal

September 19, 2014 9:56 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

An oil executive accused of dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering drinking water for a county in southwest North Dakota has reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors, authorities say.                               

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Pennsylvania Struggles With Gas Drilling Pollution

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water.                                       

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Callon Petroleum Raises $122M From Stock Sale

September 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Callon Petroleum Co. has raised $122 million from a stock sale, with plans to use the proceeds to pay for new oil and gas properties it plans to buy in the Permian Basin of west Texas.                            

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Oil Company Lawsuit Hits A Roadblock

September 18, 2014 10:17 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A letter from Louisiana's attorney general appears to throw up at least a temporary roadblock for a parish that is considering lawsuits against oil and gas companies over coastal damage.                     

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Improving Oil Train Safety In Seattle

September 18, 2014 10:10 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

With increasing numbers of volatile crude oil trains moving through Seattle's "antiquated" downtown rail tunnel, city emergency planners say more must be done to lower the risk of an oil train accident and improve the city's ability to respond.

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