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Texas One Step Closer To Ending Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The bill passed 122-18 in the overwhelmingly Republican-controlled chamber; passage is also expected in the Texas Senate before heading to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

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DuPont Reports Decline in First-Quarter Earnings

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | Comments

The DuPont Co. says the strong dollar and challenges in the agriculture and performance chemicals industries contributed to lower sales and earnings in the first quarter.

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German Plastics Company Establishing First US Plant

April 20, 2015 4:59 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | Comments

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., an automotive supplier and subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is investing $11.1 million to open its first U.S. facility in the Upstate of South Carolina.

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Some Farmers Look to Capitalize on Non-GMO Market

April 20, 2015 4:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Reports showed products approved by the Non-GMO Project increased from $1.2 billion in 2011 sales to $8.5 billion last year, while companies such as General Mills and Chipotle took recent steps to distance themselves from GMO foods.

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Report: Most Chemical Facilities Still Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack

April 20, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Most chemical facilities in the U.S. have yet to adopt federal anti-terrorism guidelines and remain vulnerable to attack, according to a recent report published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures.

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Detroit Zoo to Turn Manure From Its Animals Into Power

April 20, 2015 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The biodigester will turn about 400 tons of manure a year as well as other organic waste into methane-rich gas.

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Nuclear Waste Drums Appear Stable After Signs of Reactions

April 20, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal officials say dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year.

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Halliburton Reports 1Q Loss on Costs Tied to Oil Price Slump

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A steep drop in oil prices since last spring has forced almost every energy producer to cut expenses and scale back production.

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Sunken Aircraft Carrier Rediscovered Off California Coast

April 20, 2015 9:35 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | Comments

The Navy used the vessel to study nuclear decontamination before scuttling it in 1951.

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Utah's Oldest Coal-Fired Power Plant Shut Down

April 20, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Rocky Mountain Power shut down its 60-year-old Carbon Power Plant near Helper on Wednesday, a day before stricter federal mercury-pollution rules took effect.

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

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Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 17, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Environmental group Global Community Monitor announced that a defamation lawsuit brought by Lumber Liquidators had been dismissed.

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Iraqi Forces Recapture 2 Towns From IS Near Crucial Refinery

April 17, 2015 10:47 am | by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press | Comments

Iraqi security forces have gained full control over a contested area south of the country's largest oil refinery Friday as part of ongoing operations to secure the rest of Salahuddin province following the recapturing of Tikrit, a senior Iraqi military official said.

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TVA Completes Purchase of Mississippi Natural Gas Plant

April 17, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi.

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Algeria Sees Leadership Vacuum in Face of Oil Challenges

April 17, 2015 10:39 am | by AOMAR OUALI and PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press | Comments

Algeria is a major supplier of natural gas to Europe and a lynchpin of stability bordering Mali and Libya, two hotbeds of radical Islamic groups.

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Secrecy Shrouds Decade-old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

April 17, 2015 10:35 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and JEFF DONN, Associated Press | Comments

Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade.

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