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Texas town evacuated following gas pipeline explosion

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The pipeline, operated by Chevron Corp., was accidentally drilled by a construction crew near the town of Milford, about 50 miles south of Dallas. An explosion ensued and a massive fire erupted.
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Vote on Huntington Beach desalination project delayed

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Boston-based Poseidon Resources will have to put its plans to build the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere on hold, following the decision taken by the California Coastal Commission to delay its final decision on the application.
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Groundwater contamination discovered around TVA coal-fired plants, report claims

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TVA did not contest the findings but noted that it was moving to adopt a more aggressive approach to control and prevent future coal ash contamination of water supplies.
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US ethylene production grows in 2013

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The U.S. petrochemical industry is continuing to leverage its competitive advantage, utilizing cheap ethane feedstock it has access to and taking advantage of the growing manufacturing sector.
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Asian fuel supply to outpace demand by 2018

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As the largest refineries in China and India continue to keep supply well ahead of demand for fuel across Asian markets, many refineries will have to work at a reduced capacity over the next five years.
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Brazil's Odebrecht to explore petrochemical investment in West Virginia

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The "Ascent -- Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise" complex would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.
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US chemical production falls slightly in September

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Chemical production activity in the United States dropped by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August.
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Global polycarbonate capacity to grow more than 5% by 2018

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The global polycarbonate market is set to increase by 3.2% in 2013, with demand reaching 3.7 million metric tons.
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Chemical release reported at Illinois plant, 18 sickened

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The local fire department, ambulances and a hazardous materials crew were sent to the Stepan Chemical Company facility in response to an alert over the release of a heat transfer fluid known as Therminol.
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EU working on tighter fracking regulation

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The European Parliament supports an amendment to the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, which states that all operations for hydraulic fracturing for coal bed methane and for shale and shale-like formations should go through environmental impact assessments.
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