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Fracking-related water contamination confirmed in several states

At least three states -- Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia -- have confirmed water pollution in response to complaints related to hydraulic fracturing operations.
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Federal agencies propose measures to improve chemical plant safety

Following the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in April that killed 15 people and injured hundreds, President Obama requested a plan to prevent similar incidents and mitigate their impact.
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BASF to focus on US investments

German chemical giant BASF recently announced that it is moving a significant proportion of its production and research projects across the Atlantic.
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BP completes Whiting refinery modernization with new coker unit

BP has completed the upgrade of its Whiting facility in Indiana with the commissioning of a new coker that will process more Canadian oil sands crude and generate an extra $1 billion of operating cash flow per year.
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Report predicts growth in sedimentation, centrifugation global markets

The global market for centrifuges, clarifiers and related equipment will grow by 6.5% in 2014, bringing the total revenue to $7.3 billion.
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US chemical industry to spend $68.7 billion on R&D by 2018

U.S. chemical output is projected to increase by 2.5 percent in 2014 and by 3.5 percent in the following year.
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Increase in durable goods orders points to economic growth

The U.S. Commerce Department stated that durable goods orders rose by 3.5 percent in November, with increased demand for a wide range of products, including electronic goods, computers, aircraft and machinery.
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API: US oil, gas industry invested $153 billion in drilling in 2012

U.S. oil and gas companies invested about $153.7 billion in drilling operations in 2012, working on an estimated 46,736 wells, according to the latest Joint Association Survey on Drilling Costs.
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Colombia's petrochemical sector sees poor output performance in 2013

Colombian market conditions are expected to improve in 2014, leading to growth in industrial production and better performance of petrochemicals-consuming sectors.
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FDA proposes rule to protect food supply chain

The proposal outlines a preventive strategy that will protect the U.S. food supply chain from serious public health risks.
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