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Fracking accounts for half of total water consumption in some Texas counties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Canadian startup develops low-cost method for industrial wastewater treatment, reuse

A Vancouver startup has closed a $5.6-million Series-A financing round that will help the company develop technology for reusing industrial wastewater.
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EIA launches interactive fracking well map

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has rolled out a new interactive map of the United States where the public can explore all fracking wells located across the country, including those that are currently being developed.
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AstraZeneca, Merck gain share on Glaxo's asthma treatment drug

Competition on the U.S. pharmaceutical market has never been more fierce. Generic drugs are taking decisive steps onto the market, gaining a bigger share wherever they are allowed.
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