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USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation In Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The USGS analysis of 13 fracking wells in Pennsylvania's shale gas fields found surprising variation in the wells' levels of organic compounds and microbes.

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Shale Gas Fueling Jobs Increase in US Plastics Industry

May 14, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report from the American Chemistry Council argued that the increase in U.S. natural gas production due to fracking turned the market dramatically in favor of American producers even after considering the dramatic decline in oil prices in recent months.

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New York Releases Final Environmental Review of Fracking

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. officials deny any harm has been caused by the spraying and say there is more danger to people's health and the environment from the chemicals used to manufacture cocaine in clandestine labs.

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CA Panel Recommends Warning Labels For BPA

May 13, 2015 5:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A California scientific panel recommended that the state add bisphenol-A to its list of harmful chemicals that must be disclosed by companies.

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Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 13, 2015 4:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Nearly three-quarters of surveyed manufacturers reported process improvements following cloud deployment, while just over 60 percent said product quality improved.

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Report Links State Oil Subsidies, Campaign Donations

May 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recent report by British newspaper The Guardian said U.S. states awarded millions in oil company subsidies as their governors collected campaign donations tied to the energy industry.

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Studies: When a Chemical Spill Hits, Officials Get The Science Wrong

May 13, 2015 4:25 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The studies examined nearly 50 drinking water emergencies including pipeline ruptures, diesel spills and major chemical accidents, including the 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill.

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DuPont Wins Proxy Fight Against Peltz's Trian Fund

May 13, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Trian, which owns about 24.6 million DuPont shares, has been pushing for the business to split into two companies, but DuPont has argued that such a move would destroy value.

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Shell to Seattle: Oil Drill Rigs Are Coming

May 13, 2015 9:37 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has a valid lease for Seattle terminal space and a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters so it plans to move its drill rigs to this city despite the protests of activists and a port commission request that it wait.

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Monsanto Vows to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 12, 2015 5:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Company officials said the crop protection business — including the Roundup line of herbicides — is the largest contributor to Monsanto's carbon footprint and would therefore be "the place where the company can achieve the greatest positive impact."

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Oil Industry Challenges Rules Meant to Stop Train Explosions

May 12, 2015 4:29 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

The American Petroleum Institute petitioned the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to block a requirement that railroad tank cars known to fail be phased out or upgraded.

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Officials Defend Hiring Practices at Iowa Fertilizer Plant

May 12, 2015 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa have defended their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

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Morgan Stanley Selling Oil Storage And Transport Business

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Castleton is buying oil terminal storage agreements, inventory, oil purchase and sale and supply deals, and freight shipping contracts.

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Union Workers Vote to End Strike at BP Refinery in Indiana

May 12, 2015 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 1,100 workers have been on strike since early February, and the refinery has been run by non-union supervisors and replacement workers.

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Texas Senate OKs Keeping Execution Drug Suppliers Secret

May 12, 2015 9:45 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | Comments

The identity of Texas' lethal drug supplier would remain confidential under a measure the Republican-controlled state Senate gave initial approval to Monday — a move that rebuffs calls to lift the secrecy over execution drugs in the nation's busiest death chamber.

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