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Australia to advance in shale energy development

The U.S. shale energy revolution has led to a wave of shale exploration across the world, as governments are looking for ways to gain energy independence and cheap feedstock for a number of industries.
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Delays in Asian coal-to-chemicals plants give oil-based facilities chance to profit

Although coal is still the dominant force on the Chinese energy market, there is an opportunity for crude-oil-based chemical plants to take off over the next three years.
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Total to invest $21 million in UK shale gas exploration

French oil and gas company Total will obtain a 40% interest in two shale gas exploration licenses in Lincolnshire, under an agreement with British energy firm IGas Energy.
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Chilean mines may be required to use desalinated water

Chilean members of parliament are proposing a bill that would require mining companies to use desalinated water in mining processes, in a bid to reduce fresh water consumption while meeting the industry's growing water needs.
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Canada's meat processing safety system rated as 'adequate'

A USDA audit found that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs to improve its oversight on meat processing facilities, especially as it relates to humane handling of animals and sanitation.
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ExxonMobil launches new capacity at Singapore chemical plant

U.S. energy company ExxonMobil has announced the opening of its expanded chemical plant in Singapore that will be able to process crude oil, as well as other commodities.
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German petrochemical industry slow to recover from 2012 decline

The latest Germany Petrochemicals Report revealed that the market has been driven by small and medium-sized petrochemical companies that manufacture high-value niche products with relatively stable demand.
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Global crude oil demand to increase in 2014

This rise in consumption is attributed to demand from countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, led by China.
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US, European watchdogs join forces to regulate generic drugs

The European Medicines Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have started a joint program for sharing information on bioequivalence studies required during the process of approval for generic drugs.
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EU plastic packaging recycling rates exceed target

Recycling rates of plastic packaging among the European Union member states are on the rise, with all countries except for Malta exceeding the target of 22.5 percent in 2012.
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