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US oil production reaches highest level in 20 years

August 7, 2013
U.S. crude oil production increased to an average of 7.5 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in July 2013, the highest monthly level of production since 1991, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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Chesapeake Energy gives up New York gas lease fight

August 7, 2013
Oklahoma-based oil and gas explorer Chesapeake Energy is beating a retreat after a protracted legal battle over the extension of natural gas drilling leases in New York.
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'Gluten-free' definition standardized

August 7, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has standardized the definition of "gluten-free" in a move designed to help millions of Americans affected by celiac disease (CD).
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Train derails in Louisiana, spills hazardous chemicals

August 6, 2013
About 100 homes in the small town of Lawtell, La., were evacuated this weekend after a train carrying sodium hydroxide and other chemicals derailed.
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Carlsbad desalination plant to utilize energy capture technology

August 6, 2013
The seawater desalination plant in northern San Diego County will be the biggest facility of its kind in the U.S. and will use energy capture technology that is expected to deliver annual savings of $12 million.
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Dutch scientists unveil first lab-grown burger

August 5, 2013
The 5-ounce "Cultured Beef" burger, which reportedly cost around $332,000 to produce, was made with muscle cells taken from a cow and other common food ingredients such as salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs.
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EPA changes chemical assessment processes

August 5, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is overhauling its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program in a bid to make the program more transparent and to improve the process of scientific assessments.
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President Obama orders review of chemical plant safety

August 5, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama has instructed federal agencies to start a probe into safety rules at chemical plants as part of a project intended to prevent incidents similar to the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April.
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US natural gas production set to increase despite low prices

August 5, 2013
A new analysis predicts that energy production from the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas will rise by 50 percent by the end of this year, reaching an average volume of 844,000 barrels per day.
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Chemical engineers develop method to reduce fats in food

August 2, 2013
In a bid to provide a solution to the global obesity epidemic, a team of scientists is developing a method to produce food that has the same taste and look but contains 50 percent less fat than regular food products.
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