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Phillips 66 announces two midstream projects in Texas

U.S. oil and refining giant Phillips 66 is planning a shift in focus, moving away from production of refined products and concentrating on energy transportation and processing infrastructure.
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French refiners report $945 million losses in 2013

Cheap U.S. natural gas and competition from Asia and the Middle East have dealt a heavy blow to the European refining sector, with French refineries alone losing about EUR700 million ($945 million) last year.
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Half of fracking wells in water-stressed areas

According to a new report by green investment group Ceres, hydraulic fracturing is fueling demand for water that many areas in the United States are unable to meet, since they are already water-stressed.
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More than 8 million pounds of beef recalled

A California meat processing company has had to recall more than 8.7 million pounds of beef, following an investigation by federal safety officers that revealed the meat came from "diseased and unsound" animals in violation of food safety practices.
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FDA presents new draft rule on safe food transportation

The proposal is the seventh and final key rule that forms the backbone of the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Plastics, polymers to dominate global pharmaceutical packaging market

Over the years through 2018, the global pharmaceutical packaging market is predicted to reach $78.79 billion, with Europe, Japan and the U.S. accounting for about 70% of the entire market.
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Researchers look into possible link between Texas earthquakes, injection wells

Researchers at Southern Methodist University have been collecting seismic data linked to the series of small earthquakes northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, in an attempt to determine whether they are related to wastewater injection wells.
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Two chemical spills confirmed in North Carolina

City officials in Charlotte, N.C., have reported two unrelated incidents of chemical discharge into local waterways.
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EPA: Toxic chemicals releases dropped 12% in 2012

Overall, 3.63 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the air, water or land in 2012, the report found.
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GE to invest $8 million in gas equipment manufacturing facility

Energy giant GE is planning to invest $8 million through its GE Oil & Gas Inc. unit on the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Schertz, Texas.
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