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Air Liquide to Build Unit to Supply St. James Parish Plant

February 11, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, La. | Comments

The Yuhuang Chemical plant will produce about 5,500 tons of methanol per day. An overall complex, to be built in three phases at an estimated $1.85 billion, on St. James' west bank

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Peru Anti-Oil Exploration Protest Leaves 1 Dead, 22 Wounded

February 11, 2015 4:56 pm | by FRANKLIN BRICENO, Associated Press | Comments

Angry protesters pelted a police headquarters with rocks on Wednesday after security forces fired on locals protesting oil and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. At least one person was killed by gunfire and 22 wounded, hospital officials said.

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Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 4:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations.

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Death Toll Of Explosion on Brazilian Oil Ship Rises To 5

February 11, 2015 4:43 pm | by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and BRAD BROOKS, Associated Press | Comments

An oil workers union says another two bodies were found inside an oil ship that exploded off Brazil's coast, increasing the death toll to five. Rescue teams are searching for four workers who remain missing.

Peltz's Trian Softens View on DuPont Separation

February 11, 2015 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

In September Trian recommended the separation of DuPont's agriculture, nutrition and health and industrial biosciences segments into one company. It suggested DuPont's performance materials, safety and protection, electronics and communication segments be housed in another company.

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Oil's Slump a Blow to Mexico Amid Touted Energy Reforms

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by PETER ORSI, Associated Press | Comments

The lowest oil prices in nearly six years couldn't have come at a worse time for Mexico, which last year opened up oil-sector investment to private companies for the first time in decades.

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Congress Set to Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

February 11, 2015 10:11 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The House is expected to pass the bill easily Wednesday afternoon, capping weeks of debate over one of Republicans' top priorities — a bill authorizing the construction of the much-delayed pipeline. Yet support in both the Senate and House has not been enough to override a veto.

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Contamination Still High Near ND Spill, Dropping Downstream

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

High contamination levels persist along a North Dakota creek more than a month after a massive wastewater spill was found in the state's oil patch, but levels have dropped considerably in larger rivers downstream, according to documents released by the state Tuesday.

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Ex-W.Va. Chemical Company Executives Seek Delay of Trials

February 10, 2015 1:06 pm | by Charleston Daily Mail; Charleston, West Virginia | Comments

Four former executives of a West Virginia chemical company are asking a judge to delay their trials on charges stemming from a spill. Attorneys for former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern and former owners Dennis Farrell, Charles Herzing and William Tis requested the delays in motions filed last week.

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Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions. According to Benjamin Storrow of the Casper Star-Tribune, the EPA’s plan would require both states to meet a carbon reduction target—21 percent for Montana and 19 percent for Wyoming.

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China Finds Huge Natural Gas Field In South China Sea

February 10, 2015 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

China said its recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing's determination to extract resources from waters claimed by several nations. The Lingshui 17-2 gas field was discovered 150 kilometers south of China's southernmost island of Hainan...

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Breyers Ice Cream Says 'No' To Artificial Hormones

February 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

In the latest scoop, Breyers ice cream has announced it will stop using any milk or cream from cows treated with the hormone rBST. Recombinant bovine somatoropin, or rBST, is a chemical used in place of the natural growth hormones produced by dairy cows.

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California Pledges Changes in Protecting Underground Water

February 10, 2015 10:18 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

The deadline is part of a broad plan the state sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week for bringing state regulation of oil and gas operations back into compliance with federal safe-drinking water requirements. State authorities made the plan public Monday.

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Algeria Shale Gas Protesters Vow Escalation

February 10, 2015 10:13 am | by KARIM KEBIR, Associated Press | Comments

Protesters against Algeria's plans to exploit its massive shale gas reserves said Monday they will carry their demonstrations to the actual desert drilling sites after the state oil company said exploration would continue. Since the beginning of the year, there have been demonstrations across Algeria...

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Food Scares Cost McDonald's in China, Japan; Sales Fall

February 9, 2015 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said its performance in Asia was hurt by customer perception issues in Japan, where a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects have been found in its food. In China, McDonald's is trying to recover from the ongoing fallout from another food-safety scandal.

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