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Rail transport of crude oil is here to stay, IHS says

New pipelines are being built, but rail will always play a significant role in the transportation of crude oil across the United States and Canada because of its ability to reach refineries unconnected by pipelines.
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Industry forum seeks to reduce environmental impact of fracking

A new forum in the United States aims to reduce the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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French company develops first biological production process for propylene

A French company has developed the world's first biological production process for propylene, a key building block in the manufacture of plastics.
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Packaging ink can transfer to food inside, study shows

Researchers in Spain have found that inks commonly used in food packaging materials can transfer to the food inside, even though inks are usually placed on the external side of the packaging.
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Studies reveal major sources of methane emissions from oil and gas sites

Two new studies have identified potentially significant sources of the greenhouse gas methane linked to the oil and gas industry.
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Rosneft to supply Essar refineries in India

Russian oil company Rosneft is to start supplying crude oil and oil products to refineries in India operated by Essar.
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Environmental group calls for improved sewage treatment to prevent pharmaceutical pollution

A new report says that improvements to sewage and wastewater treatment are needed to help prevent human and veterinary medicines from polluting rivers and harming wild birds, fish and other species.
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Natural gas power plants not always better than coal-fired plants

Researchers established that power plant efficiency and methane leakage during the supply process are the key factors behind most of the difference in greenhouse gas emissions between individual gas and coal plants.
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Asia-Pacific set to remain biggest chlor-alkali market

A new report puts the value of the global chlor-alkali market at $70.4 billion in 2014 and estimates that it will reach $93.9 billion by 2019.
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BioMarin to acquire DMD drug developer Prosensa

Biopharmaceuticals company BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. revealed on Monday that it has agreed to acquire Prosensa Holding N.V., a drug developer with a focus on rare neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders.
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