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Welding operations caused Black Elk oil rig explosion, report finds

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The explosion that killed three workers on a Gulf of Mexico production platform in November 2012 was caused by contractors who were doing maintenance work at the site, according to a third-party investigative report.
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US senators accuse oil industry of antitrust practices

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Oil companies are blocking the access of renewable fuels to the U.S. market by using anti-competitive practices, two U.S. senators have claimed in a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
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Study links soft drinks to behavioral problems in children

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A joint study carried out by researchers at Columbia University, the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health, has suggested a link between behavioral problems in five-year-old children and soft drink consumption.
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Canada explores crude re-export possibilities through US Gulf Coast

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Canada is increasingly pressed to look for new markets for its crude oil as the United States, its main export market, continues to ramp up its own output.
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Arkansas residents start legal action against fracking companies over earthquakes

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A group of residents in Greenbrier, Ark., has launched the first lawsuit against fracking companies, which accuses them of causing earthquakes with their operations.
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EU launches first pipeline to Moldova

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A pipeline connection between Moldova and the European Union has been established, as part of efforts by the EU to reduce European countries' energy dependence on Russia.
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Report praises Alberta for its pipeline safety

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Alberta has the best regulatory framework of all Canadian provinces when it comes to pipeline safety and the oil and gas industry as a whole, a new independent review found.
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Cyclosporiasis outbreak continues, number of infected reaches 600

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Analyses of the outbreak have led investigators to the conclusion that the majority of cases were linked to a salad mix produced at Taylor Farms de Mexico.
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Preliminary report reveals effect of fracking on public health

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A new preliminary report from the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has revealed that at least 27 people in one Pennsylvania county developed health conditions related to fracking over a period of 18 months.
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Improved chemical plant safety goal impeded by faulty accident data

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About 90% of all national data on chemical plants in the United States is wrong, suggesting that the real risk of an incident occurring cannot be accurately estimated, according to a new investigation.
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