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Eastman Chemical To Increase CHDM Capacity

August 6, 2010 10:01 am | News | Comments

Company is increasing manufacturing capacity for the chemical compound used to make specialty plastic products by 25 percent at its facility in Kingsport, Tenn.

BP Partners In Oil Spill See Rebound

August 6, 2010 5:49 am | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As BP plugs its blown-out well, companies with a role in the crisis are seeing their fortunes improve, even as they wait to see how the legal and financial costs get sorted out.

BP Starts Using Cement To Complete 'Static Kill'

August 5, 2010 11:06 am | by Greg Bluestein and Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Company pumped cement into its blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, hoping to start sealing it for good.

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CSB: Leak Preceded Pa. Zinc Plant Blast

August 4, 2010 6:21 am | News | Comments

U.S. Chemical Safety Board says a column used to distill zinc in a western Pennsylvania plant had failed before an explosion killed two workers on July 22.

Workers Exposed To Radiation Still Seek Compensation

August 3, 2010 9:41 am | by Gerry Smith | News | Comments

Many former workers at Blockson Chemical still have not been paid from a fund created in 2000 to make amends for exposing workers to high levels of radiation without telling them.

Dow Chemical Turns Profit On Cost Cuts, Sales

August 3, 2010 5:35 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chemical company said increased demand and higher prices for chemicals used in products ranging from consumer electronics to adhesives drove it to a second-quarter profit.

Questions Surface On Dispersant Use In Oil Spill

August 2, 2010 6:03 am | by H. Josef Hebert and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Congressional investigators railed against BP and the Coast Guard for liberal use of toxic chemicals that helped disperse oil from the blown-out well, but at unknown expense to sea life.

House Debates Offshore Drilling Safety Standards

July 30, 2010 11:17 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The House has begun debate on a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills.

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Judicial Panel To Consolidate BP Lawsuits

July 29, 2010 11:08 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Plaintiffs and the U.S. Justice Department want the suits sent to New Orleans federal court, which is closest to the disaster and has the most pending cases.

BP To Become Leaner Company

July 28, 2010 5:29 am | by Harry R. Weber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company officials say they are beginning to reinvent BP after it reported a record $17 billion quarter loss and is navigating the task of restoring the Gulf of Mexico.

Dudley Followed Unusual Path To CEO Of BP

July 27, 2010 6:04 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Seen as an unlikely candidate just a few months ago, Bob Dudley is set to become the first American to lead the oil giant in its century long history.

DuPont 2Q Profit Nearly Triples

July 27, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

Chemical maker DuPont said Tuesday its net income nearly tripled in the second quarter as revenue surged in most of its businesses and it raised prices.

BP Drops CEO Hayward, Posts $17B Loss

July 27, 2010 5:17 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CEO Tony Hayward will be replaced by American Robert Dudley on Oct. 1, BP said as it reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover oil spill costs.

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Who Should Lead BP?

July 26, 2010 5:12 am | by Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BP said 'no final decision' had been made to oust Hayward, but one of the most likely replacements would be Bob Dudley, who would be the first American to head BP.

Feds Work To Put Price Tag On BP Spill Damage

July 23, 2010 5:35 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

After 40 BP-government teams catalog seemingly everything touched by the oil, BP will be given two options: Restore everything itself, or pay the government to do it.

Tropical Storm Threatens BP Cleanup

July 22, 2010 8:20 am | by Colleen Long and Harry Weber, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

A tropical depression racing toward the Gulf of Mexico increased pressure on BP and the government to decide whether to evacuate dozens of ships at the site of the ruptured oil well.

Is BP's Well Cap Making Disaster Worse?

July 20, 2010 10:52 am | by Colleen Long and Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Scientists huddled Tuesday to analyze data from the ocean floor as they weigh whether a leaking well cap is a sign BP's broken oil well is buckling.

DuPont Fined $43,000 For W.Va. Plant Leaks

July 20, 2010 5:34 am | News | Comments

OSHA cited DuPont for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals and fined the company $43,000 following an investigation into a series of leaks at DuPont's Belle, W. Va., plant.

EU Fines Animal Phosphates Cartel

July 20, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

Regulators on Tuesday fined 13 chemical producers $227.52 million for fixing the price of animal feed phosphates, nutrients added to food for cattle, pigs, poultry, fish and pets.

Feds: New BP Leaks 'Insignificant'

July 20, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

Despite what at first seemed a setback, federal government declared the new leaks as insignificant and forged ahead with BP's plan for finally sealing the hole in the ocean floor.

Feds Let BP Keep Oil Cap Shut Despite Seep

July 19, 2010 7:50 am | by Colleen Long and Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Government allowed BP to keep cap shut tight on its busted Gulf oil well despite a seep in the sea floor, after the company promised to watch closely for signs of new leaks underground.

Lawsuits Use Mafia Law Against BP

July 19, 2010 4:30 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

BP has been named in at least three lawsuits brought under the federal law known as RICO, which stands for Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.

BP 'Encouraged' By Cap Results

July 16, 2010 10:24 am | by Colleen Long and Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

BP said its capped-off well appeared to be holding steady almost midway into a white-knuckle waiting period in which engineers watched the pressure gauges for signs of a leak.

Ashland, German Firm To Create Joint Venture

July 15, 2010 10:45 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemical maker said it will form a 50-50 joint venture to produce foundry chemicals with Germany's Sud-Chemie AG.

$20 Billion Oil Fund Payments To Begin In August

July 15, 2010 10:40 am | by Mary Foster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The $20 billion that BP has set aside to pay for losses caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will start making payments in early August.

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