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Reckitt hit by FDA approval of rival drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to two generic versions of Suboxone, a drug used for treating heroin addiction, manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser.
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US looking to secure free trade deals with EU, Asia Pacific

Negotiaions over proposed trade deals with the EU and countries in other key regions will be a perfect opportunity for American chemical producers to take advantage of the dramatic fall in production costs thanks to the abundance of shale gas.
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Enbridge reveals plans to convert gas pipeline to oil

Enbridge Inc., the largest transporter of Canadian crude to the United States, and its partner, Energy Transfer Partners, have revealed plans to convert part of their natural gas pipeline to carry oil to the Gulf Coast, investing up to $3.4 billion in the scheme.
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Russia bans US meat imports over feed additive

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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Canada not ready to deal with offshore leaks, report finds

Canadian authorities are not ready to deal with the consequences of a potential offshore oil leak, according to a new report released by the federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development.
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Arlington council approves controversial drilling operation expansion

A new natural gas well is on the agenda for Arlington, Texas, after the Arlington City Council approved the project for a second well on what proved to be a controversial site.
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Explosion at Pemex headquarters kills 36, injures at least 100

The explosion occurred at the basement of the administrative building, located in immediate vicinity of the company's 52-story main office tower, where several thousand people were working at the time of the incident.
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Canadian petrochemicals industry faces major obstacles

The Canadian petrochemicals industry has the potential to grow dramatically thanks to low natural gas prices, but a number of obstacles are standing in its way.
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Countries around the world consider fracking after US success

Tempted by the U.S. shale gas revolution that could soon see that country top the charts in natural gas production, countries around the world are considering introducing the same technology, in the hope of achieving similar results.
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Converting plastics to fuel might prove major energy source for Canada

If the entire amount of non-recycled plastics that end up in Canada's landfills is converted to fuel, the produced energy would be enough to run 600,000 automobiles per year.
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