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Mexico may allow private companies to extract oil

The proposal to amend Mexico's constitution and allow private investors access to the country's oilfields comes from members of the two largest political parties.
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Ineos to import US ethane for Grangemouth facility

The Grangemouth chemical plant in Scotland may go from huge losses to instant profitability thanks to the saving plan drawn up by Swiss-based international operator Ineos Group Ltd.
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USDA launches new action plan for tackling Salmonella

The Salmonella Action Plan is intended to deal with the disease in an aggressive and comprehensive way and will help to make meat and poultry safer for American consumers.
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Shell drops plans for $20 billion gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is shelving plans for the construction of a gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana that the company revealed in September.
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UN study calls for sharp increase in water infrastructure investment

Raising investments in water infrastructure globally and cracking down on corruption would result in over $1 trillion per year in benefits related to health, the economy and environmental protection, according to a new study backed by the United Nations.
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US containers, packaging market to grow by 2.7% through 2016

A new analysis by market research firm TechNavio reveals that the containers and packaging market in the United States is set for growth over the next few years.
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Florida residents rank food safety among top concerns

Researchers gauged public perception of 15 issues covering a wide range of topics and food safety emerged as the third most important, with 85 percent of respondents defining it as extremely or highly important.
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US refineries benefit from rising crude production

U.S. refineries have been exporting production at relatively high margins over the past year, allowing for further investments across the value chain.
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Fracking regulation might weaken economic growth, US Chamber of Commerce claims

A study on the effects of oil and gas drilling operations using fracking, due to be released next year, might prevent the United States from becoming the world's most powerful energy producer, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns.
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Report identifies 327 accidents in Louisiana refineries in 2012

Overall, these accidents led to two million pounds of air pollution and over 12 million gallons of water pollution, a report by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade claims.
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