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US company sues Quebec over fracking ban

U.S. mining company Lone Pine Resources Inc. is taking legal action against the government of Quebec for violating free trade rules by revoking fracking operation permits.
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Plastics to remain dominant in US beverage container market

By 2017, the market for beverage containers in the United States is predicted to reach a volume of 265 billion units at a total value of $29.1 billion.
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California meat processor recalls ground beef

California-based Central Valley Meat Company is recalling almost 90,000 pounds of ground beef, sold as "Fine Ground Beef."
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Mideast refineries shift focus in production

Refineries in the Middle East are facing serious challenges to remain competitive, struggling to reduce operating costs and to maximize production among other problems.
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Russia losing ground in oil, gas production to US

Russia is gradually losing its position as the world's leader in oil and gas production, as the United States has been gaining ground thanks to its energy revolution.
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Preliminary findings on Louisiana petrochemical plant explosion revealed

Findings from an internal investigation by Louisiana-based Williams Olefins have shown that the fire and explosion that killed two people and injured 77 others on June 13 were caused by a ruptured reboiler and the vapor cloud it released.
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Increasing water stress threatens US, study warns

The United States is facing a serious water supply problem, researchers from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder have warned.
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Enbridge predicts Northern Gateway pipeline launch in 2018

The decision on the construction of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline is expected by mid-2014, suggesting that the first transportation of crude via the proposed 1,170-km line could start in 2018.
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EPA presents new rule on use of perfluorinated chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making moves to block the import of potentially toxic perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are used in many manufacturing and industrial applications.
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Generics dent market share of brand-name drugs

The growth of the generic drug market worldwide may turn out to be a long-term trend, experts say, as a number of studies show a stable decline in prescriptions of brand-name drugs last year.
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