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Boeing, Others To Study Using Biofuels For Jets

July 12, 2010 10:15 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Major airports in the Pacific Northwest are joining Boeing, Alaska Airlines and Washington State University to study how biomass sources might produce aviation fuel.

BP: Oil Spill Costs Hit $3.5 Billion

July 12, 2010 5:11 am | News | Comments

Oil company said the cost of dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has risen to $3.5 billion, including nearly $165 million paid to settle individual claims.

Air Products Raises Offer For Airgas To $5.5B

July 9, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

Company said it is raising its cash offer for rival Airgas Inc. to $5.5 billion from $5.1 billion and would take over $1.7 billion in debt under the proposal.


Court Won't Restore Drilling Moratorium

July 9, 2010 5:18 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal appeals court rejected government's effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues.

China Finds More Melamine-Tainted Milk

July 9, 2010 4:59 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Discovery shows melamine remains a danger in China despite a crackdown in which dozens of people were arrested and two were executed for producing or selling toxic milk.

Exxon Accused Of Violating U.S. Air Laws

July 7, 2010 8:55 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Environmental groups claim Exxon violated federal air pollution laws thousands of times during the last five years, without facing proper fines or being forced to fix equipment.

Westlake Mulls Expansion In Louisiana

July 7, 2010 8:20 am | News | Comments

Houston-based Westlake Chemical Corp. says it has sold $100 million in bonds that could potentially go towards a major expansion at its Geismar, La., plant.

PPG, Union Agree On New 3-Year Contract

July 6, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

Chemical company says the International Chemical Workers Union has ratified a new three-year contract at its plant in Natrium, W. Va.


California Bans BPA In Baby Products

July 2, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

The California Assembly has voted to ban plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and baby formula containers that contain the chemical bisphenol A.

Pepsi Refresh Project To Help With Oil Spill

July 1, 2010 10:21 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Soft drink and snack maker said it is expanding its popular Refresh Project charitable program to help communities affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dow Chemical, Mitsui To Build Plant

July 1, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Chemical company signed a deal with major Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. to build and operate a new membrane chlor-alkali facility on the Texas coast.

U.S. Says Oil Spill Shows Need For Green Energy

June 29, 2010 4:56 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Senior American energy official said Tuesday the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico dramatically illustrates the need for investment into renewable sources of energy.

OPEC Says U.S. Should Reconsider Drilling Ban

June 28, 2010 5:36 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Despite safety concerns in the wake of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, OPEC called on U.S. to reconsider a ban on new deep-water drilling that could hold back oil supplies.


Will Oil Spill Hurt Economic Recovery?

June 28, 2010 5:02 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

BP spill has hammered fishing and tourism industries along the Gulf, but it appears the economic damage to the rest of the United States will be limited.

BP: Gulf Relief On Target For Mid-August

June 25, 2010 1:35 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Tests show BP is on target for mid-August completion of a relief well in the Gulf of Mexico, the best hope of stopping the oil that's been gushing since April, the company said.

W.Va. Families Sue DuPont Over Pollution

June 24, 2010 10:24 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Two West Virginia women are suing DuPont, seeking damages for dozens of ailments they say were caused by long-term exposure to toxins from a former zinc-smelting plant.

BASF Buys Cognis For $858M

June 23, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

Chemical company said it has agreed to acquire Cognis, a supplier of raw materials for cosmetics, detergents and cleaners, for $858 million in cash.

BP: Oil Spill Costs Hit $2B, Keep Climbing

June 21, 2010 12:05 pm | by Ray Henry and Robert Barr, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

British oil giant spent $2 billion in two months fighting the oil spill and compensating victims, with no end in sight to the disaster or the price tag.

Maine Firm Faces Oil Boom Roadblock

June 21, 2010 10:06 am | by Clarke Canfield, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Company said it has 15 miles of oil containment boom sitting in a warehouse but has been getting the runaround in its efforts to sell the boom and have it delivered to the Gulf of Mexico.

Chemtura Submits Reorganization Plan

June 18, 2010 10:25 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker said it has filed a reorganization plan and hopes to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection within the next few months.

BP CEO Tells Congress He's 'Deeply Sorry' For Spill

June 17, 2010 8:10 am | by Frederic J. Frommer and Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

After House chairman accused the BP chief of ignoring risks of his commpany's deep water operations, Hayward testified he was 'deeply sorry' for the catastrophic Gulf coast oil spill.

Eastman Sets Goals For Energy Efficiency

June 17, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

New review of company policy lists 10-year targets as a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity and 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas intensity.

DuPont Settles N.C. Pollution Claims For $59K

June 16, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Industrial giant has agreed to pay a $59,000 penalty for mercury discharges at its polymer fiber manufacturing facility in North Carolina.

Obama: Oil Spill Tests Limits Of Technology

June 16, 2010 5:16 am | News | Comments

President says unprecedented scope of the oil spill in the Gulf has tested the capacity of human technology, but more oil is being captured from the blown-out well all the time.

Sara Lee Selling Insecticide Unit To S.C. Johnson

June 15, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Company known for its namesake breads is selling remaining interest in its insecticide unit to S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. in order to focus more on food and beverage products.

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