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Mideast refineries shift focus in production

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Refineries in the Middle East are facing serious challenges to remain competitive, struggling to reduce operating costs and to maximize production among other problems.
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Russia losing ground in oil, gas production to US

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Russia is gradually losing its position as the world's leader in oil and gas production, as the United States has been gaining ground thanks to its energy revolution.
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Preliminary findings on Louisiana petrochemical plant explosion revealed

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Findings from an internal investigation by Louisiana-based Williams Olefins have shown that the fire and explosion that killed two people and injured 77 others on June 13 were caused by a ruptured reboiler and the vapor cloud it released.
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Increasing water stress threatens US, study warns

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The United States is facing a serious water supply problem, researchers from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder have warned.
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Enbridge predicts Northern Gateway pipeline launch in 2018

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The decision on the construction of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline is expected by mid-2014, suggesting that the first transportation of crude via the proposed 1,170-km line could start in 2018.
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EPA presents new rule on use of perfluorinated chemicals

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making moves to block the import of potentially toxic perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are used in many manufacturing and industrial applications.
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Generics dent market share of brand-name drugs

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The growth of the generic drug market worldwide may turn out to be a long-term trend, experts say, as a number of studies show a stable decline in prescriptions of brand-name drugs last year.
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Federal government shutdown leaves hundreds of food facilities uninspected

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A vast majority of inspections at food manufacturing and processing facilities have been suspended as a consequence of the federal government shutdown.
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Golden State Foods acquires KanPak U.S.

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Irvine, Calif.-based food processor and distributor Golden State Foods has acquired controlling interests in KanPak U.S., a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology.
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Transparent packaging good for small foods, opaque better for bigger foods

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Consumers show a preference for transparent packaging of food products over opaque packaging options for certain food categories, but when it comes to healthy foods they tend to shift away if those are offered in clear packages, results from new research suggest.
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