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Leaky Wells, Not Fracking, Taint Water

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead.                                            

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Groups Appeal Decision On Oil-Train Facility

September 15, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Several environmental groups are appealing a decision by Skagit County officials that they say will allow a proposal for an oil-train facility at an Anacortes refinery to move forward without a serious review of the risks.                           

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Daily ND Oil Production Hits 1.1M Barrels

September 15, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State oil regulators say North Dakota's daily oil production reached more than 1.1 million barrels in July.                                                     

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Nucor Buys Gallatin Steel For $770M

September 15, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest.                                       

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U.S. Factory Output Drops 0.4% In August

September 15, 2014 10:30 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants.                                            

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Dust Explosion Injures 4

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | Comments

Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns, authorities said.                                      

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U.S. Accuses British Airways Of Hazardous Chemical Shipment

September 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Regulators say that British Airways violated safety rules by shipping an oxygen generator on an American Airlines flight from London to Dallas, and they are seeking to fine BA $195,000.                    

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1 Death In Gas Accident On Offshore Platform

September 15, 2014 10:13 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

A contractor was killed and two others were injured Saturday during maintenance on a Chevron natural gas pipeline off the Louisiana coast, authorities said.                                    

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Chemical Reform Bill Faces Uphill Senate Battle

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | Comments

Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who told The Associated Press this week that the draft still falls short.

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Emerging Regions Prove Increasingly Profitable For The Industrial Valve & Actuators Market

September 11, 2014 4:07 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | Comments

The increase in oil exploration activities, investments in new refineries, and modernization of existing facilities will spur the uptake of valves and actuators, particularly in emerging markets.                                    

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Scientists Discover Radioactive Waste-Eating Bacteria

September 11, 2014 4:01 pm | by University of Manchester | Comments

Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, according to researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester.                                              

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Statoil Widens Natural Gas Capture Project

September 11, 2014 3:57 pm | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | Comments

Norwegian oil company Statoil plans to widen a natural gas capture program in North Dakota's oil fields, a move the company says will reduce flaring.                                       

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Groups Sue Over Oil Shipments In Older Cars

September 11, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.                               

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Feds Tighten Rules On Workplace Death Reporting

September 11, 2014 3:54 pm | by TOM RAUM, Associated Press | Comments

The federal government on Thursday moved to tighten its rules on the reporting of workplace deaths and severe injuries, declaring that employers beginning Jan. 1 must report any fatalities within eight hours of the accident or incident.

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Eastman Chemical Buys Taminco For $1.73B

September 11, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Eastman Chemical said in a statement that the acquisition will strengthen Eastman Chemical's presence in markets such as food, feed and agriculture. It also provides opportunities to speed up growth in the personal care, coatings and oil and gas.

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