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Chemical leak at Bayer CropScience plant forces evacuations

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According to the Lubbock Fire Department, a cracked 1,400 kg tank was leaking hydrogen chloride, which forms hydrochloric acid when it reacts with moisture.
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Houston-based Flotek acquires citrus oils processor

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Houston-based Flotek Industries, Inc. has agreed to acquire Florida Chemical Co. Inc., a citrus oils processor located in Winter Haven, Fla.
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California moves closer to fracking ban

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California appears to be on the verge of formally forbidding the technology, as three bills are currently going through the state's legislature on banning operations until fracking has been found to be safe.
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US oil companies sell assets overseas to invest at home

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A number of large American companies have made arrangements to sell their assets abroad and redirect their capital toward domestic projects.
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Half of US fracking wells located in water-stressed areas

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Researchers warn that fracking to extract shale gas poses risks to water supplies in regions like Texas and Colorado, which are already seriously threatened by drought.
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Shell to start fracking in Colorado

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Shell Oil announced Monday plans to utilize hydraulic fracturing at two of its wells in northwest Colorado, Craig Daily Press reported.
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Dow Chemical receives $2.2 billion in legal settlement

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The $2.2 billion payment from Kuwaiti-owned Petrochemical Industries Co. (PIC) settles a lengthy legal dispute over the failed K-Dow joint venture.
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Budget cuts will not affect food processing facility inspections, FDA says

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Concerns have been raised by the industry that food safety might be compromised if the FDA cut the number of food inspectors at the end of September.
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EPA deems Alaska copper mine harmful to local ecosystem

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The EPA estimated that a mining operation similar to plans to dig the large open-pit Pebble Mine at Alaska's Bristol Bay region could destroy up to 90 miles of salmon and trout spawning streams.
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FDA warns of counterfeit botox

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The U.S. FDA has warned in recent days that fraudulent versions of Allergan's drug Botox are being distributed here in the U.S. The agency called for healthcare practitioners and the general public to exercise caution when dealing with the drug.
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