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US, Mexico sign agreement to focus on joint oil & gas projects

July 8, 2013
This agreement will make it possible for the United States and Mexico's national oil and gas company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, to further develop resources in the Gulf of Mexico.
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British mining company takes US government to court over uranium mining

July 1, 2013
British mining company Vane Minerals has started legal action against the U.S. government over its decision to impose a moratorium on new mining operations for 20 years on more than 1 million acres outside the Grand Canyon.
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Italian plastics firm to open plant in Tennessee

July 1, 2013
Italian plastics company So.F.Ter Group has announced plans to open its first U.S. operation in Tennessee. The company said that it will invest $11.5 million in the facility in Wilson County, which will initially employ 50 people.
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Study links BPA exposure to undescended testicles

June 21, 2013
New research presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in San Francisco has suggested that fetal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) is linked to undescended testicles in newborn boys.
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Mining companies to be forced to disclose payment details

June 21, 2013
Canada is introducing mandatory payment disclosure rules for mining companies in a bid to increase transparency in transactions and business operations.
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Canadian refineries ramp up crude exports from US

June 4, 2013
Canadian refineries are working to increase their use of crude oil from the United States, particularly from Texas and North Dakota.
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Global petrochemical producers rethink strategies to remain competitive

May 22, 2013
Most petrochemical businesses have already come to the realization that the U.S. natural gas-based feedstock is giving those who use it a great advantage in terms of costs.
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Enbridge applies for capacity extension of Alberta Clipper pipeline

May 14, 2013
Calgary-based pipeline transport company Enbridge is seeking U.S. approval to increase the capacity of a pipeline carrying crude from Alberta to Wisconsin.
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Global food industry faces challenges as population grows

May 6, 2013
As projections for the increase in global population predict a leap of two billion people by 2050, to a staggering 9.3 billion, the question of providing enough food for that many people poses a serious challenge to researchers and policymakers.
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Shale oil projected to account for 9% of 2020 global oil production

April 30, 2013
Shale oil is set to increase its importance globally and will continue to expand in terms of production and share on the international energy market, to account for 9% of total global production.
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