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Research to examine if dilbit spills cause more damage than regular crude

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A U.S. federal agency has announced it will be starting a study into the potential impact of spills of diluted bitumen (dilbit) produced in Alberta's oil sands on the environment and public health.
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Texas regulator clears gas company over alleged methane contamination

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The amount of methane in many private water wells in North Texas has increased since 2011 but this rise cannot be linked to oil and gas drilling operations in the state.
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The future of plant control rooms come to life

Ergonomic designs and improved display reduce fatigue and promote effectiveness
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Honeywell Process Solutions recently announced availability of the Experion Orion Console, an advanced display technology it says brings the plant control room of the future to life and meets the needs of mobile plant operators.
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EPA proposes draft rules to cut carbon emissions from power plants

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced draft rules that are predicted to reduce heat-trapping pollution from power plants by 30 percent from the levels recorded in 2005 by 2030.
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North Carolina to criminalize disclosure of fracking chemicals information

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a proposal filed by three Republican state senators to criminalize the disclosure of confidential information concerning the type of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
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IHS: Lifting export restrictions on US crude oil would be smart move

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Lifting the restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports would be a wise move, says market and economic information provider IHS.
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US agencies to tackle future foodborne disease outbreaks together

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have agreed to combine their expertise to tackle foodborne health hazards.
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US pharma major Abbott to pay $2.9 billion for Chile's CFR

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U.S. pharmaceuticals and healthcare products major Abbott Laboratories has agreed to acquire Chile-based pharmaceutical firm CFR Pharmaceuticals SA in a deal worth $2.9 billion.
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US companies led the world in fracking technology patents in 2013

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U.S. oil and gas services companies were the most active filers of patents for fracking technology last year.
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New rules imposed on Keystone XL after detection of pipeline defects

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Two new conditions have been added by safety regulators to the 57 already agreed regarding the construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline.
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