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Chemical Fumes Sicken 139 People In Thailand

July 17, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Fumes from a chemical leak on a ship at a Thai seaport spread inland on Thursday, sickening 139 people, including schoolchildren, authorities said.                   

Higher Gas Costs Push Up Producer Prices

July 16, 2014 1:23 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month. The increase follows a 0.2 percent decrease in May.          

Factory Output Rises For 5th Straight Month

July 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The modest gain underscored manufacturing's role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.                       

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Albemarle To Buy Rockwood In $6.2B Deal

July 15, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals company Albemarle is buying counterpart Rockwood Holdings Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.2 billion.                    

Mitsubishi Heavy, JX To Launch CO2 Capture Project In Texas

July 15, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

JX Holdings Inc. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Tuesday they will launch a carbon dioxide capture project in the U.S. state of Texas to boost production at an oil field.               

Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.          

Bill Cosby Supports Pipeline Protesters

July 14, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline.                      

Halliburton Enters Into Energy Joint Venture In China

July 14, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Halliburton said it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy.                          

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NHTSA Investigating Fatal Truck Tank Explosion

July 14, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will probe a fatal truck explosion that happened last spring when a forklift pierced the vehicle's natural gas fuel tank.                   

1 Injured In Jersey Chemical Plant Blast

July 11, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.                           

Study Says W.Va. Spilled Chemical May Be More Toxic

July 11, 2014 3:23 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.                

N.D. Pipeline Spill Cleanup Could Take Weeks

July 11, 2014 8:09 am | by Josh Wood and James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a lake that provides the reservation with drinking water, company and tribal officials said.

California Man Facing Prison For Economic Espionage

July 10, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

A jury convicted Walter Liew, 56, of selling DuPont Co.'s secret recipe for making cars, paper and a long list of everyday items whiter to the Chinese government for $28 million.                     

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Court Considers Charges In 2010 BP Disaster Deaths

July 9, 2014 8:01 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors tried to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.   

Company Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                        

New York Mulls Releasing Oil Train Details

July 8, 2014 7:58 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the federal government ordered railroads a month ago to give states details about shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, New York officials haven't decided whether to share that information with the public. 

1 Hurt In Georgia Chemical Leak

July 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Georgia say an industrial area on the city of Dalton's northwest side has been deemed safe after a chemical leak injured one person and prompted road closures.              

Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs At Risk

July 7, 2014 8:20 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute.                

The Chemistry Of Fireworks: Fourth Of July Science

July 2, 2014 3:00 pm | by The American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Millions of Americans will soon enjoy eye-popping fireworks displays around the country. These dazzling light shows are actually carefully crafted chemical reactions.              

First Bill Reacting To West Explosion Meets GOP Pushback

July 2, 2014 11:10 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

Thousands Evacuated After Chinese Oil Pipeline Burns

July 2, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, a government oil company said.                  

Notre Dame Partners With GE For Turbine Research

June 27, 2014 7:42 am | by Tom Coyne, Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of Notre Dame and General Electric Co. announced plans to partner in a $36 million research and test facility for massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants and the oil and gas industry.   

Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 26, 2014 8:24 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage.               

Los Angeles Jury Awards $20M To Gas Blast Victim

June 25, 2014 11:15 pm | News | Comments

Diao, 26, was living in a converted garage in San Gabriel when a gas company employee opened a valve that filled the garage with gas. After Diao lit a cigarette, the room ignited, according to court filings.              

Airport Targeted In Chemical Spill Lawsuit

June 25, 2014 8:32 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal lawsuit blames a Charleston, W.Va., airport runway project in part for the January chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.                

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