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UK chemical industry optimistic for 2013, focuses on training

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The British chemical industry is looking forward to 2013, as it shows optimism for growth, sale volumes and a general pickup in activity, following a rather difficult 2012.
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Enbridge reveals plans to convert gas pipeline to oil

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Enbridge Inc., the largest transporter of Canadian crude to the United States, and its partner, Energy Transfer Partners, have revealed plans to convert part of their natural gas pipeline to carry oil to the Gulf Coast, investing up to $3.4 billion in the scheme.
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Consumers' changing preferences fuel strong demand for natural colorants

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Consumers across the globe are trying to switch to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and when buying products they often pick those that are made from natural and simple materials.
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Queensland to open up shale oil industry

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The government of Australia's state of Queensland intends to give the go-ahead to the development of a commercial shale oil industry, Natural Resources Minister Andrew Crips said earlier this week.
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Russia bans US meat imports over feed additive

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Starting today, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service is banning virtually all imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey products over the use of the growth stimulant ractopamine, which it says may cause health problems.
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European Commission study looks into allergy risks from textile chemicals

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The European Commission (EC) has started a comprehensive analysis of a possible link between chemicals used in textile products and allergic reactions in consumers.
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European pipelines fighting for clients

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Competition among key European oil pipeline operators is more fierce than ever, as the number of clients declines, amid other concerns including economic instability and the occasional fuel shortage.
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Canada not ready to deal with offshore leaks, report finds

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Canadian authorities are not ready to deal with the consequences of a potential offshore oil leak, according to a new report released by the federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development.
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Belfast professor wins international catalysis award

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Chris Hardacre, head of chemistry and chemical engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, UK has been awarded the inaugural IChemE Andrew Medal in recognition of his contribution to the field of heterogeneous catalysis.
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Explosion at Pemex headquarters kills 36, injures at least 100

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The explosion occurred at the basement of the administrative building, located in immediate vicinity of the company's 52-story main office tower, where several thousand people were working at the time of the incident.
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