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North American oil companies start replacing oil tank cars

February 25, 2014
A series of incidents involving crude-carrying trains over the past year has caused serious concerns over railway transportation of fuel and prompted authorities to start reviewing regulations.
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FDA ordered to finalize new food safety law by March 2016

February 25, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have to finalize the Food Safety Modernization Act by the spring of 2016, under the terms of a settlement filed at the federal district court in Oakland, Calif.
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Middle East oil industry key for global growth, expert says

February 25, 2014
Part of the Western world is underestimating the importance of the Middle East as a result of the shale revolution in the United States but this may be too hasty a reaction.
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Fracking accounts for half of total water consumption in some Texas counties

February 25, 2014
Oil and gas companies in Texas may face a severe shortage of water for their fracking operations if they continue to drill at current rates, according to a new report.
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US petrochemical companies pursue growth with new cracker capacity

February 24, 2014
The U.S. petrochemical industry is expected to launch an extra 7.34 million tpa of new cracker capacity by 2017, as it continues to leverage growing shale gas production and low-cost ethane that will fuel the crackers.
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Nestlé recalls Hot Pocket products linked to Rancho Feeding beef

February 24, 2014
The recall was initiated following last week's news that California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation was recalling millions of pounds of beef from diseased animals.
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Shell sells Australian refinery to Vitol

February 24, 2014
Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is to sell as many as 870 service stations and its Australian refinery to Swiss oil company Vitol. The deal is worth approximately $2.6 billion.
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Scientists call for tougher chemical regulation

February 21, 2014
There should be stricter rules on and control over chemical safety globally if governments and authorities want to protect children from potential brain damage caused by chemical exposure, scientists have warned.
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Desalination becomes more viable in California as costs drop

February 20, 2014
In an attempt to deal with the severe drought it has been experiencing, California is turning to desalination projects and is allocating millions of dollars to develop technologies that can turn ocean water into potable water.
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Australian beef, veal exports to US to drop slightly in 2014

February 19, 2014
Australian exports of beef and veal to the United States in 2014 are expected to drop one percent from last year's levels and reach 210,000 tons swt, according to industry research company Meat and Livestock Australia.
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