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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.                

OPEC: Iraq Violence Not Causing Oil Output Drop

June 25, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The head of OPEC, the group of major oil exporters, says recent crude price increases are to blame on market fears caused by the crisis in Iraq but not on a drop in output.                 

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Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.         

Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 8:18 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.          

Air Products Hires Ghasemi As CEO

June 18, 2014 2:59 pm | News | Comments

Air Products & Chemicals Inc. says that it has hired the chief executive of the chemical company Rockwood Holdings Inc., Seifi Ghasemi, as its chairman and chief executive.                    

Entegris Opens New $55 Million Mass. Facility

June 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The facility will be utilized to make products for the semiconductor industry, which demands levels of purity to the parts per quadrillion (ppq). With the allowable level of contamination at one ppq, it’s equivalent to one drop of water in a space the size of the Empire State Building.

Russia: New Pipeline Will Go Ahead Despite Setback

June 17, 2014 3:53 pm | News | Comments

Russia's foreign minister insists the EU's order to halt construction work on the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria is only a brief delay in the project planned to bypass Ukraine as a transit country and consolidate Russia's energy grip in Europe. 

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Consumer Prices Rise In May

June 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than a year as the cost of food and gasoline showed big gains and airline fares jumped by the largest amount in 15 years.           

Clinton Says Keystone Not A Proxy For Canada Relations

June 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn't be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States.            

Feds Not Inspecting 4 In 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 8:09 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an AP review.

Oilfield Company Leaves Switzerland Over Pay Rules

June 16, 2014 3:44 pm | News | Comments

Weatherford's move comes after Swiss voters approved a proposal last year to give shareholders the right to hold a binding vote on all payments for company executives and directors.            

W.Va. Chemical Spill Company Facing More Violations

June 16, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

A Charleston company faces state violations after a storm water collection trench overflowed at the same site where chemicals spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply in January.           

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Water Testing Underway Near W.Va. Spill Site

June 13, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

A stormwater collection trench overflowed Thursday evening at the site of a Charleston company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply.                   

Inslee Wants Agencies To Study Oil Train Risks

June 13, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Citing new safety and environmental risks as more crude oil moves by train through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday directed state agencies to evaluate the safety of oil transport in the state.            

Cheaper Gas, Food Push Down Producer Prices

June 13, 2014 8:44 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services fell in May, driven lower by cheaper food and gas, evidence that inflation is mild.                   

New Trial Ordered For Former BP Engineer

June 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                   

Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.               

Chemical Recycling Across The American Heartland

June 11, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

In addition to their insight on new opportunities within the custom tolling and chemical reclamation marketplace, the technological approach embraced by ORG CHEM Group has been key to their growth and differentiation within a very competitive industry.

Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

According to a joint news release, scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibers to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.          

Texas Chemical Engineer Indicted In Trade Secrets Case

June 10, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The indictment returned last week says Tezock moved to Texas and opened a company to manufacture, produce, purify and sell a specialty gas. Prosecutors say the process was developed by Voltaix.           

Fire Damages Thai Petrochemical Plant

June 9, 2014 2:52 pm | News | Comments

A fire damaged a petrochemical plant in eastern Thailand on Monday, sending smoke billowing for kilometers (miles) and forcing nearby residents to flee their homes.                     

Court: BP Must Pay Claims During Appeal

June 9, 2014 12:53 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.           

Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 8:16 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.     

Group Wants To Test W.Va. Homes For Chemical

June 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.                    

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