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Shell Purchases Former Zinc Plant

November 10, 2014 11:24 am | Comments

Shell hasn't formally committed to building the plant, which would convert ethane from Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into chemicals used to make plastics, tires and even antifreeze, so a timeline for the conversion and operational start remains undefined.

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Closed-Door Meeting Covers Carolina Coastal Drilling

November 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Michael Biesecker, AP | Comments

Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast. A coalition of environmental groups were not allowed inside the meeting.

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North Dakota Refinery Production Green-Lighted

November 10, 2014 11:05 am | Comments

The refinery will help meet the need for diesel fuel in the booming western oil patch. About 90 people will work there full time, turning 20,000 barrels of crude from the rich Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota into 7,000 barrels of fuel each day.

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Showdown Looms As California Mandates Pesticides For Organic Growers

November 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year - $35 billion annually - producers are challenging a proposed California program with a pesticide-heavy approach, including the spraying of organic crops in order to fight a pest that has cost other states billions of dollars.

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Hundreds Of Kids Poisoned By Detergent Pods

November 10, 2014 10:50 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP | Comments

Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets mistaken for toys or candy have resulted in coma and seizures for many children. There have been more than 17,000 poison center calls related to the products over the last two years.

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Shell Takes On New Mexico County Over Country's First Drilling Ban

November 7, 2014 11:53 am | Comments

Attorneys for SWEPI, a subsidiary of Shell, said the measure effectively destroyed the value of the company's $1 million drilling leases. Mora County wants a trial so it can present evidence on why the commission adopted the ordinance - to protect its land and water.

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Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 11:38 am | by Matt Stroud, AP | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost more than $31 million in retirement savings because investment managers failed to properly oversee the plan. The lawsuit says investment managers hired by the company made no effort to diversify the accounts.

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Sunoco Investing $2.5 Billion In Gas Pipeline

November 7, 2014 11:32 am | Comments

The 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline would provide four times the capacity to move gas from Marcellus Shale drilling sites in western Pennsylvania to its Marcus Hook storage and distribution facility near Philadelphia.          

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Despite Concerns, Stronger Regs Lead To Restarting Japanese Reactor

November 7, 2014 11:28 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | Comments

On the same day three workers were injured at the most notorious nuclear reactor on the planet, approval was given by the Japanese government to restart a reactor in the country for the first time since the Fukushima meltdown. Proponents point to stronger regulatory action, but local concern persists.

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Troops Describe Chemical Weapon Exposure

November 7, 2014 11:15 am | Comments

U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, including degraded chemical weapons from the 1980s that had been hidden or used in makeshift bombs. The initial report disclosed injuries by sarin or sulfur mustard agents.

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Vertellus Announces Purchase Of Pentagon Chemicals

November 6, 2014 11:57 am | Comments

Vertellus, the world’s leading producer of pyridine and pyridine derivative chemicals, has announced that it has purchased Pentagon Chemicals, a leading manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals used in the life sciences industry. The acquisition significantly expands Vertellus’ manufacturing presence in the agro-chemical and pharmaceutical sector.

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Texas Voters Say No To Fracking - Energy Group Goes To Court

November 6, 2014 11:49 am | by Emily Schmall, AP | Comments

A North Texas city that sits atop a natural gas reserve is preparing for an extended court battle after voters made it the first in the state to ban further hydraulic fracturing. An industry group and the state's little-known but powerful General Land Office responded by seeking an injunction to stop it from being enforced. Battling the fracking ban will be Texas Land Commissioner-elect George P. Bush.

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Drone Near French Nuclear Plant Leads To Arrests

November 6, 2014 11:37 am | Comments

There have been at least 15 sightings of drones over nuclear reactors around France, raising security concerns in a country heavily dependent on atomic energy for electricity. The zone around nuclear plants is off limits.                             

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Owner Won't Retrieve 29 Killed In Mine Explosion

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | by Nick Perry, AP | Comments

Solid Energy issued a statement saying the company was unable to come up with a safe re-entry plan. A government investigation found Pike River Coal ignored 21 warnings that methane gas had accumulated to explosive levels in the mine.     

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GOP Eager To Move On Keystone XL

November 6, 2014 11:23 am | by Donna Cassata, AP | Comments

Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's healthcare law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.

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