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Chemical engineers develop new catalyst to boost petrochemical production

AMHERST, Mass. — Chemical engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, using a catalytic fast pyrolysis process that transforms renewable non-food biomass into petrochemicals, have developed a new catalyst
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Exxon Mobil reports gas compressor problem at refinery

NEW YORK — A gas compressor problem at an Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Beaumont, Texas, on Sunday resulted in a release of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, Dow
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Obama to face ‘political consequences’ if pipeline goes unapproved, lobbyist warns

WASHINGTON — A top oil industry lobbyist issued a warning to the Obama administration Wednesday, saying the president will face “huge political consequences” if the Keystone XL oil pipeline
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Shell to announce site of new petrochemical plant

PITTSBURGH — Shell Oil Company will announce early this year the location of a new petrochemical plant in the Marcellus Shale region, The Associated Press reported. Pennsylvania, Ohio and
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Fracking wastewater caused earthquakes in Ohio, seismologist says

CLEVELAND — A seismologist studying a series of 11 minor earthquakes in the Youngstown area said Monday that a northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil
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BP calls on Halliburton to pay for Gulf oil spill cleanup

LONDON — Oil giant BP has called on contractor Halliburton to pay for all costs related to the cleanup of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Reuters reported.
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Global Natural Gas Consumption Regains Momentum

Driven by surging natural gas consumption in Asia and the United States, global use of the form of fossil fuel rebounded 7.4 percent from its 2009 slump to hit
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Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. to build petrochemical facilities in Texas

WOODLANDS, Texas — Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. announced plans Wednesday to build a world-scale ethane cracker and ethylene derivatives facilities in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, according to a
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Texas drillers now required to disclose fracking chemicals

HOUSTON — Oil and gas drillers in Texas are now required to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing operations, Bloomberg reported. Texas regulators adopted the rules Tuesday
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Republican bill could kill Keystone XL pipeline, State Department warns

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is warning lawmakers that a Republican bill to fast-track approval of the Keystone XL pipeline could backfire, The Associated Press reported. The bill backed
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