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LSB Industries takes gas supplier to court over alleged negligence

Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. has started legal action against French multinational gas company Air Liquide, accusing the supplier of negligence that led to an explosion at LSB's Arkansas chemical plant.
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Rigid packaging thermoformer Placon acquires injection molder

Placon, a custom and stock rigid thermoformed packaging designer and manufacturer based in North America, has completed the acquisition of privately-held, West Springfield, Massachusetts-based rigid plastic container manufacturer, Plastic Packaging Corp.
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Defunct energy company to pay record penalty for environmental damage

The now-defunct Kerr-McGee Corporation, which was taken over by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in 2006, will have to pay a record penalty of $5.15 billion under a settlement reached with the Department of Justice.
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Oil, gas spills increase in 2013

More than 7,600 oil spills and leaks were recorded in 2013 in the top 15 states for onshore oil and gas activities.
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Japanese chemical company to open new facility in Georgia

The new plant will manufacture fiber-free potassium titanate, called Terracess, which is used in the production of brake pads.
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Government report accuses federal agency of lax oversight of oil, gas wells

According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management has neglected its duties in overseeing oil and gas wells.
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CDC senior official calls for ban on raw milk sales

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling for a ban or a restriction on the sale of raw milk, as a means to reduce the number of foodborne diseases originating from raw milk consumption.
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Bayer to take over Merck's consumer care business in $14.2 billion deal

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer is acquiring the over-the-counter medicines business of U.S. rival Merck & Co., Inc.
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Energy demands drive Coriolis flowmeter market, study finds

According to a recent study from Flow Research, the increased cost of oil and heightened demand for natural gas has put a premium on custody transfer in the flowmeter markets.
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Fracking could pose threat to water utilities, report warns

Potential contamination, reduced water supplies and infrastructure and cost pressure due to fracking mean that water utilities could suffer severe credit deterioration.
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