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Shell Profits Up On Higher Oil Prices

July 31, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company, says second quarter earnings rose on higher production and higher selling prices for oil, and fewer one-time charges.                              

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ADM Settles EPA Allegations

July 30, 2014 4:23 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators say Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act rules at oil storage facilities in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.                        

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Tri-State Coal Interests Rally Before Hearings

July 30, 2014 4:20 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | Comments

More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top state elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.  

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An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cattle Shortage Closes Cargill Beef Plant

July 30, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Cargill says it plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                 

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Cyprus To Start Drilling For Gas Offshore

July 30, 2014 4:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Cyprus' energy minister said that exploratory drilling in the first of six potential gas fields off the east Mediterranean island's coast is slated to begin before the end of summer.               

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Oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is selling its Chinese subsidiary for about $1.08 billion as it focuses more in the U.S. and Mexico.

Anadarko Petroleum Profit Drops 76%

July 30, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) on Tuesday reported net income that declined by 76 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations.                            

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Omaha Plant To Fight Fines After Collapse

July 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A livestock feed company says it will contest citations and proposed penalties issued for the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                                    

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Terror Threats At Chemical Plants Severely Underestimated

July 30, 2014 9:53 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | Comments

The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

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African Oil & Energy Sector Fuels Global Investor Growth

July 30, 2014 9:24 am | by DHL | Comments

While Oil and Gas activity in West Africa is nothing new, it is the activity in East Africa which is creating a stir amongst exploration companies and of course, their suppliers.                                     

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Kurdish Oil Stopped At Texas Port

July 29, 2014 5:08 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive.

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Clean Air Criticism Flies From Both Sides

July 29, 2014 4:30 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, RAY HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.                         

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Attorney Claims Oklahoma Drilling Tax Unconstitutional

July 29, 2014 4:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional. Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills.

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Govt. Failed To Inspect Chemical Plants With High Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | Comments

The year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006.

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NTSB Releases Report From Conrail Derailment & Gas Leak

July 29, 2014 3:31 pm | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | Comments

Systemic errors led to a 2012 train derailment in New Jersey that released a dangerous gas into the air, sickening residents and emergency responders, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a scathing report.                         

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Oil Refinery Fire Injures 4

July 29, 2014 3:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Four workers at an oil refinery in southeast Kansas were burned Tuesday in an early morning fire, the Texas company said.                                    

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Severstal Faces Emissions Fines

July 29, 2014 3:26 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.                    

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