The fire started early Thursday afternoon at Chemical Technology Inc.'s offices and warehouse on the city's east side and sent up huge plumes of thick smoke that were seen miles away. Fire officials quickly labeled it a hazardous materials situation.
Ecuador's highest court has cut in half a landmark judgment against Chevron Corp. for oil contamination in the Amazon, putting the penalty at $8.8 billion. The sum equals the original judgment against the oil multinational awarded by a local judge in February 2011.
Swiss federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Sweden-based Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery made payments between 2004 and 2006 to "senior executives of the Russian state-owned" gas production company into their Swiss bank accounts. Gazprom wasn't identified by name, but is Russia's only state gas company.
The statistic comes from a state Department of Labor and Industry report, whose authors don't exactly make the same claim. It is the agency's estimate of employment at Pennsylvania businesses in 36 different lines of work that have some sort of relationship to the exploration of the Marcellus Shale, the nation's largest-known natural gas reservoir.
The company said Monday that it has agreed to support a dividend of $3 per share and reduce the size of its board. It is also looking to boost margins by $800 million through cost-cutting efforts and other measures. The stock climbed in premarket trading.
Emerson Process Management has today announced the opening of its new $25 million headquarters for the design, testing and manufacture of its regulator technologies. The company says these products include pressure regulators and relief valve solutions for the oil & gas, chemical and power industries.
Authorities say two workers were burned after they were splashed by acid at a dental implant manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia. Officials in Bucks County said the workers came into contact with nitric acid shortly after 9:30 a.m. Thursday during a chemical reaction at the Hiossen Inc. plant in Falls Township.
The industry faces a relentless boom in cheaper natural gas, on top of a more than 50 percent drop in the number of homes heated by oil between 1973 and 2011. The threat to the industry dominated by family businesses is particularly keen in the Northeast, where about 30 percent of homes are heated by oil, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Grand Rapids, Mich., said Tuesday that the workers watched movies, played games and did volunteer work in 2012 while being paid through a $150 million Department of Energy grant to build and operate a battery factory in Holland, Mich.
The problem, analysts say, is a fuel system increasingly vulnerable to short-term shocks. That's because refiners try to keep stocks of gasoline low to save money, just as other manufacturers aim to operate on a "just-in-time" inventory schedule.
A federal judge has rejected two motions by Exxon Mobil Corp. in a lawsuit filed following an oil spill from a ruptured pipeline in Mayflower.U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock denied the company's request to dismiss the lawsuit and dismiss certain class-action allegations.
A Filipino worker who was severely burned in a deadly explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico last year is suing the platform's owner and operator. Lawyers for Renato Dominguez, 53, filed the suit against Houston-based Black Elk Energy LLC on Oct. 16 in a county court in Galveston, Texas.
Rockwell Automation, Inc., yesterday announced its intent to purchase vMonitor, a technology company that creates wireless solutions for customers in the oil and gas industry. Rockwell officials say the deal is expected to close within two months.
State safety regulators announced Tuesday they are seeking $707,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil Corp. after alleging 22 safety violations at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming, including a toxic gas release that sickened dozens of workers in May.
DuPont Co. has reached a proposed agreement to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg. The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the company has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and implement several emissions safeguards of the proposed deal.
Last Saturday, October 19, was the date of the Second Annual Global Frackdown. In case you didn't hear, the Global Frackdown is an international day of activism on which people who believe that global warming is an oncoming train that's about to knock us silly, gather in groups and protest the oil industry's practice of fracking.
The Mosaic Co. plans to buy the phosphate business of CF Industries in a deal the fertilizer producer values at about $1.4 billion.The Plymouth, Minn., company will pay $1.2 billion in cash, plus $200 million to fund an escrow account CF Industries maintains for certain environmental obligations related to its Florida facilities.
Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. will get a $113 million insurance payment after a May 2012 explosion damaged one of its chemical plants in south Arkansas. No one was injured in the blast at the El Dorado Chemical Company plant that produced nitric acid in El Dorado, Ark.
Nine Ohio and West Virginia residents who have cancer and other diseases have filed federal lawsuits this month against chemical giant DuPont, alleging the company knowingly contaminated drinking-water supplies with a chemical used by one of its plants.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a radioactive imaging chemical from General Electric to help screen for Alzheimer's disease. The drug, Vizamyl, is an injection of radioactive material designed to highlight abnormal brain plaque in medical imaging scans.
The announcement came two days after Chairwoman and CEO Ellen Kullman said DuPont was exploring alternatives for the performance chemicals unit, a commodities business that generates significant cash but also is subject to highly volatile markets that are vulnerable to swings in economic cycles.
Michigan factory that makes lithium-ion batteries for General Motors Co. plans to resume commercial production on Monday after halting production because of a controversy over a chemical. LG Chem halted production in September after saying a chemical used to make batteries may not have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina.
The two governments also agreed to jointly construct an oil refinery in Tianjin east of Beijing, Medvedev said in comments posted on the website of the government's Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua said he made them during an online forum with Internet users.
The pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were never anticipated by regulatory science, if not specifically banned by law. Doctors and scientist worry the chemicals may be the cause of rising cancer rates, birth defects and other health problems.