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New directive proposed for EU oil and gas companies

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The European Commission (EC) has proposed new regulations that could require oil and gas companies operating on European Union territory to submit emergency response plans and show evidence that they are able to fund the fixing of potential environmental damage caused during operation.
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Statoil given green light for North Sea oil field project

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Norwegian energy giant Statoil is set to step into the UK sector of the North Sea following the green light it received from the British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for its Mariner heavy oil field project.
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UK chemical industry optimistic for 2013, focuses on training

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The British chemical industry is looking forward to 2013, as it shows optimism for growth, sale volumes and a general pickup in activity, following a rather difficult 2012.
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Consumers' changing preferences fuel strong demand for natural colorants

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Consumers across the globe are trying to switch to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and when buying products they often pick those that are made from natural and simple materials.
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Tests show horse DNA in spaghetti bolognese meatballs

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British supermarket chain Tesco said on Monday that the tests it had carried out on its own-brand frozen spaghetti bolognese products, which were pulled from store shelves last Wednesday, were positive for horse DNA.
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Russia bans US meat imports over feed additive

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Starting today, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service is banning virtually all imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey products over the use of the growth stimulant ractopamine, which it says may cause health problems.
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European Commission study looks into allergy risks from textile chemicals

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The European Commission (EC) has started a comprehensive analysis of a possible link between chemicals used in textile products and allergic reactions in consumers.
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European pipelines fighting for clients

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Competition among key European oil pipeline operators is more fierce than ever, as the number of clients declines, amid other concerns including economic instability and the occasional fuel shortage.
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EU dairy producers to increase exports to emerging markets

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According to a report by the European Commission (EC), demand for dairy products in emerging markets will be the main driving force for growth in the sector over the next decade.
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European power stations turn to coal

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While the United States is taking advantage of its shale gas production boom, countries across the Atlantic have responded with a sharp increase in burning of coal to fuel local utilities, despite EU regulations intended to reduce fossil fuels.
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