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Natural gas prices soar by 60% but remain too low for new operations

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New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has shown that natural gas prices rose by nearly 60 percent over the first half of 2013 but still remain too low to make new drilling viable in most states.
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Air quality concerns may delay petrochemical expansion in Texas, experts say

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Projects for new petrochemical plants on the U.S. Gulf Coast worth billions of dollars may be delayed or even blocked as a result of a set of more stringent air quality regulations implemented in the Texas industrial region.
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Fire breaks out at Lonza chemical plant in Pennsylvania

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A fire broke out at the Lonza chemical plant in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday morning, causing damage to the facility but putting no lives at risk, either at the plant, or in town.
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Multistate cyclosporiasis outbreak infects 230 people

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The source of the infection is still not known but investigators believe that vegetables, most likely imported, are to blame for the outbreak.
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Appeals court to hear BP case on alleged Deepwater Horizon claims fraud

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BP is seeking to minimize its liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, insisting that many claims have been exaggerated and even made up by businesses in the region.
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Hydrogen peroxide spill contained at New Jersey water treatment plant

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Firefighters and other emergency units were called to New Jersey's Passaic Valley Water Commission treatment plant early on July 17, after several drums at the facility overheated and started leaking hydrogen peroxide.
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US oil, gas companies embrace recycling of fracking water

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Many fracking companies in states like Texas, where drought is a major problem, are facing pressure from regulators to reduce the amount of water they use in their fracking fluids.
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Manufacturing defects identified as cause of Exxon pipeline rupture in Arkansas

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A new independent report claims that the failure of ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas in late March this year was caused by a manufacturing defect, Exxon has announced.
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Major food safety violations discovered at Mississippi meat processing plants

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Over the past 10 years, the 50 slaughterhouses and meat-poultry processing plants in Mississippi, owned by 35 companies, violated regulations 69 times, according to a new investigation.
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Report shows climate change effects on US energy production

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A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy has warned of the threats that climate change poses to the U.S. energy sector.
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