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Scientists Discover New Chemical Aid For Drug Manufacturing

June 30, 2014 11:57 am | by University of London | Comments

Chemists at Queen Mary University of London have discovered a new chemical to aid drug manufacturing processes, making it more environmentally-friendly and easier to scale up for industry.                 

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PPG Industries Buying Comex For $2.3B

June 30, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Paint and coatings maker PPG Industries is buying Consorcio Comex SA de CV for $2.3 billion to help bolster its architectural coatings presence in Mexico and Central America.                           

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Devon Energy Sells Assets For $2.3B

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Oil and gas exploration company Devon Energy Corp. is selling some U.S. oil and gas properties to Linn Energy LLC for $2.3 billion.                                

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Court Rules For Fracking Bans In New York

June 30, 2014 11:15 am | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press | Comments

New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders.                          

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

BP Seeks Restitution For Overpayments

June 30, 2014 11:02 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

BP wants a federal judge to order restitution — plus interest — of what it says are hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments to some businesses that claimed losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                      

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Lawsuit Challenges Oklahoma Drilling Tax Cut

June 27, 2014 10:41 am | by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Comments

A bill approved by the Legislature to adjust Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional because it passed in the final days of the session and didn't receive a three-fourths vote in the House and Senate, according to a lawsuit filed with the state Supreme Court.

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A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

Feds: No More Animal Tests With Spill Chemical

June 27, 2014 10:33 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

Despite rejection from federal health officials, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is still pushing for more animal studies to understand what health effects may surface years after the January chemical spill into West Virginia's biggest water supply.             

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Virginia Coal Mine Closing, 120 Jobs Lost

June 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

More than 120 people are being laid off at an Alpha Natural Resources mine in southwest Virginia amid declining production and demand.                                  

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Pipeline Blast Kills 15

June 27, 2014 10:22 am | by OMER FAROOQ, Associated Press | Comments

A state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Friday, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said.

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Oil Train Danger Extends Beyond Bakken

June 26, 2014 4:55 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. officials say the danger posed by a dramatic increase in North American oil train traffic extends far beyond shipments from the booming Bakken region on the Northern Plains.                 

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North Dakota Regulators Approve Portion Of Midwestern Pipeline

June 26, 2014 4:52 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota regulators have approved the construction of a portion of a $2.6 billion pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin.                         

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A Breakthrough For Organic Reactions In Water

June 26, 2014 4:50 pm | by McGill University | Comments

Green-chemistry researchers at McGill University have discovered a way to use water as a solvent in one of the reactions most widely used to synthesize chemical products and pharmaceuticals.                    

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Mining Firm Optimistic About Nebraska Niobium

June 26, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A Canadian firm hoping to build a mine to collect a valuable and rare heat-resistant element from beneath southeast Nebraska says the first samples collected this year are encouraging.                      

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Natural Gas Sinks After Weekly Storage Report

June 26, 2014 4:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Natural gas prices were falling to four-week lows after the U.S. government reported a sharp buildup in the country's natural gas storage levels.                             

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EPA Can't Find Alaskan Mine Records

June 26, 2014 10:27 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency said it can't find emails from a former biologist who was evaluating the impact of a large gold and copper mine proposed in southwest Alaska.                       

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