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State Drilling Panel Weighs Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals

February 2, 2015 7:24 pm | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper's task force on oil and gas discussed proposals Monday that would force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing and give local governments more of a say on where wells can be drilled. The task force is winnowing down a list of 56...

OSHA Slaps Georgia-Pacific Chemicals With 11 Safety Violations, $60,500 In Fines

February 2, 2015 9:59 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

There are a lot of ways formaldehyde can be dangerous: It can irritate the skin, and burn the eyes, nose and throat; it can be a fire or explosion hazard; and if swallowed, it can be deadly. Formaldehyde was one of the toxic chemicals that OSHA says Georgia-Pacific Chemicals exposed its workers to by...

LA Firm Plans To Sell Albemarle Plant In PA

January 30, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Louisiana chemical company plans to sell a central Pennsylvania plant that makes fertilizer additives and other products. The Albemarle Corp. plant in Tyrone will be sold along with another in South Haven, Michigan. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana firm tells the Altoona Mirror (...

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Seeking New Ways To Make Shale Oil, Gas Wells More Efficient

January 29, 2015 2:06 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the Wall Street Journal reported that a small Wisconsin private equity company turned a $91 million investment into a $1.4 billion fortune when it invested in a mine producing fine silica sand suitable for use in hydraulic fracturing. Energy companies mix the sand with water and additives...

Groups Sue EPA Seeking Livestock Farm Air Quality Standards

January 28, 2015 5:25 pm | by David Pitt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups filed two lawsuits Wednesday alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to address air pollution problems from large-scale livestock farms. The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say...

Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argued those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades and remain in production currently, and therefore cannot...

McDonald’s Reveals List Of Chemicals In French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:37 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

As much as we love our fries, those twin golden arches have long been the target of criticism — from health concerns about the high caloric content of McDonald’s menu to the unsavory rumors about chicken nuggets made from “pink slime” and chemical-ridden meats that never spoil...

Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 12:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime health care benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter. The unanimous ruling from the high court represents a victory for M&G Polymers USA, which first sought to require retiree...

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Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends Of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

As the federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has a bird’s-eye view on safety trends impacting the industry. In a recent interview with Chem.info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating...

Montana City to Hear if Water Safe to Drink After Oil Spill

January 22, 2015 3:03 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Initial tests show water supplies in a Montana city show no sign of a cancer-causing element for the first time since they were contaminated by a weekend crude oil spill, a state official said Thursday, raising hopes that thousands of residents can soon start drinking from their taps.

Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 1:45 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 22, 2015 1:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge James Browning ruled Mora County's 2013 ban on oil and gas drilling is unconstitutional, prohibiting corporate activities protected by the First Amendment. Browning's order also said the ban violates state law and that it could not be enforced on lands owned by the state.

Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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Montana Spill Renews Worries Over Aging Oil Pipelines

January 22, 2015 10:33 am | by Matthew Brown, AP | News | Comments

A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about the nation's aging pipeline network. "It's the nature of the beast. Pipelines leak and pipelines break. We're never going to get around that. We have to decide if water is more valuable than oil," stated a local rancher.

Cleanup Underway For Saltwater Spill in North Dakota

January 22, 2015 10:19 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, AP | News | Comments

Farmers have been asked to keep their livestock away from the three-million gallon spill. Brine, also referred to as saltwater, is an unwanted byproduct of drilling that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.

Tyson Foods To Pay $539K For Spill In Southwest MO

January 20, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge...

Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and EU for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been become controversial, particularly on the other side of the Atlantic. Many Europeans have voiced  concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU’s standards for environmental...

Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

From Car Lots To City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Henry Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected...

AK Faces Lean Budget Times As Oil Prices Plunge

January 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices. When lawmakers left Juneau last April, the price of North Slope crude, Alaska's economic...

BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 9:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company responsible for the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history is currently facing the Clean Water Act's largest civil penalty. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment...

Monsanto Gets U.S. Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula.Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds...

Illinois Community College To Offer Degree In Fracking

January 16, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southwestern Illinois community college plans to offer a petroleum drilling technology degree program this fall that is  aimed at preparing graduates for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Illinois signed off on long-awaited rules to govern the high-volume oil and gas drilling process within its borders...

UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 16, 2015 10:18 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations...

BlackBerry Remains Attractive Target Amid Merger Talks

January 15, 2015 12:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A report today indicated South Korean electronics giant Samsung recently offered to purchase BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion, a claim both companies denied. The developments, however, showcase the ongoing significance of BlackBerry even as its share of the consumer smartphone...

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