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Pipeline That Leaked Into Montana River Was Split at Weld

April 9, 2015 4:48 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A Montana pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil had been split at the site of an exposed weld where the line crosses beneath the Yellowstone River, officials said, prompting a warning for pipeline companies nationwide to take precautions against flooding.

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Utility Won't Appeal $1.6 Billion Penalty For Deadly Blast

April 9, 2015 4:44 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

California's largest power utility says it won't appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

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Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 9, 2015 4:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Energy sector observers expect that the $70 billion proposed deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group should be just the first in a wave of oil industry consolidation.

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Scientists Seek Source of Giant Methane Mass Over Southwest

April 9, 2015 11:17 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

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Number of People Sickened by Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries also announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination.

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California Regulator: State's Utility "Too Big" For Safety?

April 9, 2015 10:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

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Big Oil Deposit Near London Airport, But Will be Hard to Tap

April 9, 2015 9:58 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

A British energy company says there is oil, and lots of it, near London's Gatwick Airport. The question is how much of it can be pumped from the ground.

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Brazilian Chemical Company to Establish First Foreign Plant in US

April 8, 2015 5:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Inbra, which specializes in plastic and rubber additives, will spend $7.7 million to establish the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

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China's 'Hell on Earth' Mineral Refineries

April 8, 2015 5:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

 A network of pipes relentlessly pumps toxic runoff into a man-made lake of "sludge."

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Bloomberg Adds $30 Million to Anti-Coal Campaign

April 8, 2015 5:10 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | Comments

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal.

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Report Expects Demand For Oilfield Chemicals To Increase

April 8, 2015 5:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The analysis projects that technological advances and continued exploration and development of oil and gas reserves will generate an average annual growth rate of 6 percent in oilfield chemicals.

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3 Finance Stories to Watch — And What They Mean For Chemical Manufacturers

April 8, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Follow the money.

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Cleaning Products Maker Zep Being Taken Private

April 8, 2015 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Commercial and industrial chemical products company Zep Inc. is being taken private in a $692 million sale including assumed debt to private equity firm New Mountain Capital.

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Shell Seeks Order to Remove Protesters From Arctic drill Rig

April 8, 2015 10:48 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an oil-drilling rig leased by Shell across the Pacific.

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Shell Looks to Acquire BG Group in Historic $70B Deal

April 8, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire U.K.-based BG Group in one of the largest deals ever in the oil and gas sector.  

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