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EU working on tighter fracking regulation

The European Parliament supports an amendment to the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, which states that all operations for hydraulic fracturing for coal bed methane and for shale and shale-like formations should go through environmental impact assessments.
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Horsemeat scandal leads to less meat consumption in UK

A quarter of UK consumers say they now eat less meat than they did a year ago and more than a third say they are willing to consider cutting down on meat consumption.
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Reusable bags could lead to more foodborne illnesses

The British government has been trying to urge consumers to ditch single-use plastic bags in the hope of reducing waste and carbon emissions, but experts have warned that switching to reusable bags could put food safety at risk.
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UK poultry industry blames planning curbs for stifling local production

According to the British Poultry Council, the country is running out of space to rear chickens and planning curbs are making it extremely difficult to "Buy British."
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European refineries still facing major challenges

The future of Europe's refining sector continues to look bleak, as the industry seems unable to adapt to new market conditions and struggles to remain competitive with the United States and emerging markets like the Middle East and China.
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UK poultry processor pleads guilty to selling products with wrong expiration date

British poultry manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has been fined $176,000 for printing the wrong expiration dates on cooked chicken products manufactured at its facility in Haughley Park, Suffolk.
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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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French court to decide if fracking ban is unconstitutional

The ban on hydraulic fracturing as a method to extract natural gas and oil in France will come under review next month in a French court. Judges will have to decide if the ban is against the constitution, as oil and gas companies have claimed.
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EU-backed project to launch pilot for dairy wastewater treatment

A new project funded by the European Union is set to launch a pilot plant that would use an innovative method for treating dairy wastewater and whey.
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Blast at Essex chemical plant causes caustic soda leak

An explosion at an industrial chemical plant in southeast England on Thursday led to a leak of caustic soda, forcing local people to stay indoors for hours until the situation was deemed safe by the emergency services.
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