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MarkWest to expand processing capacity in Marcellus Shale

The company said it will add two new new cryogenic processing plants at its Sherwood complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia and its Mobley Complex in Wetzel County, West Virginia.
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BASF mulls multi-billion dollar Gulf Coast investment in methane-to-propylene complex

Propylene in short supply due to shift to ethane feedstocks drawn from shale gas, IHS Chemical notes
Chemical producer BASF is evaluating an investment in a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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Chemical Safety Board releases final report on deadly Tesoro refinery explosion

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has published its final report on the accident at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington, in April 2010, in which seven people were killed.
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Natural gas has little effect on greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Although the boom in shale energy production has helped to keep energy prices down for U.S. consumers and has resulted in an overall drop in consumption of certain types of fuels, it will not contribute to an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Kansas State University to build Bulk Solids Innovation Center

Kansas State University has announced plans to build a new facility in Salina, Kansas, dedicated to the study of bulk solids material handling.
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Suspected foodborne disease sickens more than 100 at Food Safety Summit

More than 100 people attending the Food Safety Summit in Maryland last month were sickened by what investigators think may be food poisoning
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North Dakota's worker death rate highest in US

According to a new report, North Dakota has the highest worker fatality rate in the country, with 17.7 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2012.
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Sanofi looking to shed multi-billion portfolio to optimize assets

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi SA is exploring options to sell a range of older drugs, with an estimated value of the portfolio between $7 billion and $8 billion.
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Increased oil and gas exports would benefit US, economists say

A new poll gauged the opinion of 30 U.S. economists regarding oil and gas exports and revealed that their view was almost unanimous.
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Phillips 66 reports strong Q1 performance for midstream, chemical

U.S. refining giant Phillips 66 has reported a 12 percent increase in profit in the first quarter of the year, with its midstream and chemical businesses playing a major role in the quarter's strong performance.
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