Before a judge appointed him to lead the investigation, former FBI Director Louis Freeh disclosed that he is a partner at a law firm that is working on an unrelated case with lawyers for Kirkland & Ellis, a firm that represents the London-based oil giant.
Five people are dead following a fire at a privately operated LP gas distribution plant in central Mexico. The government of the state of Puebla says two people have been injured. The government says the causes of the fire late Tuesday are still under investigation.
In the oil fields of Texas and North Dakota, communities that are enjoying the most prosperous economic boom in a generation are increasingly thinking about the days after the surge in drilling is over.Cities like Midland, Texas, are mindful that the runaway riches will eventually run out.
Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. His sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey is set for Jan. 21.
The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to "the biological plausibility" that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
A Galveston jury has found BP negligent in a 41-day emissions event at its Texas City refinery in 2010, but says no one was harmed by the pollution. Jurors unanimously agreed BP PLC was responsible, but only one wanted to award damages. Most jurors say there wasn't enough evidence to link the pollution to illnesses.
Dow Chemical Co. is selling its global polypropylene licensing and catalysts business to W.R. Grace & Co. for $500 million. The sale includes Dow Chemical's polypropylene catalysts manufacturing plant in Norco, La., and customer contracts, licenses, intellectual property and inventory.
Chemtura said Thursday that it will sell its consumer products business for $315 million and is exploring a sale of its agrochemicals unit as it focuses on chemicals for the transportation, energy and electronics industries. Chemtura has already been paring back the company, selling its antioxidant business for $200 million earlier this year.
A holding company, Platform, says it is buying MacDermid Inc. for $1.8 billion as a means to build a chemicals business. Platform was created by Martin Franklin, the founder of consumer products company Jarden Corp. Jarden's brands include Crock-Pot, Sunbeam, Coleman and Mr. Coffee.
The federal government has cited the company that operated a Texas fertilizer plant that exploded in April and killed 15 people. The West Fertilizer Co. is being hit with 24 serious safety violations and a proposed fine of more than $118,000.
China has achieved another world-beating status its leaders don't want: Biggest oil importer. China passed the United States in September as the world's biggest net oil importer, driven by faster economic growth and strong auto sales, according to U.S. government data released this week.
East Baton Rouge sheriff's detectives say a 41-year-old Denham Springs man was killed in an industrial accident at Stupp Corp. Plant near Baker. Deputies say Antonio Pollard was pronounced dead on the scene Tuesday. They say Pollard became pinned between two large pipes, as one rolled forward during the course of his work.
Belgian chemical company Solvay says it's buying privately-held U.S. firm Chemlogics for $1.3 billion to strengthen its position in the market servicing the fast-growing oil and gas industry. Solvay SA said Monday the acquisition, expected to close by the end of the year, will enable it to take advantage of the U.S. energy sector's dynamic growth.
James Dupree testified Wednesday at a trial over the spill that engineers didn't have the equipment they needed to attack this particular well at the time of the blowout and had to formulate several possible solutions "on the fly." After several other methods failed, BP ultimately used a capping stack to seal the well 87 days after the blowout.
Federal prosecutors had been seeking about $20 billion in damages for an estimated 110,000 gallons (416,300 liters) of crude that seeped into the ocean near the Chevron well in November 2011. The prosecutor's office said it had no immediate comment on the ruling announced late Monday.
Robert Turlak, a Transocean Ltd. manager, testified Tuesday at a federal trial that is focusing on BP's response to the April 2010 well blowout. BP's trial adversaries argue the company could have sealed the blown-out well much sooner if it had employed a capping strategy that Turlak and others had devised.
Ohio officials notified companies this month that a federal chemical disclosure law trumps a 2001 state law requiring that the information only be filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday (http://bit.ly/16YbGnU ). The law took effect Sept. 21.
The federal trial over the 2010 BP oil spill resumed Monday with a focus on the company's response to the disaster, with billions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.
Lawyers for two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the Deepwater Horizon disaster say the indictment should be dismissed because prosecutors accuse the men of violating standards that didn't exist when an explosion killed 11 workers on April 20, 2010.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR) has announced today its intent to purchase Virgo Valves and Controls, LTD, a manufacturer of ball valves and automation systems headquartered in Pune, India. Virgo will operate within Emerson Process Management’s final controls business. Terms of the transaction were not announced.
A Texas A&M researcher says the BP oil spill did at least moderate damage to the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the well that blew out and led to millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
About a dozen Slaughter residents allege respiratory problems and diminished property values in a lawsuit filed in the wake of the Nov. 19 blaze that destroyed the Monolyte Laboratories Inc. chemical facility. The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages from Monolyte and several other companies.
Shell Oil Co. announced Tuesday that it has settled on Ascension Parish to possibly build a $12.5 billion natural gas to liquids plant that would create 740 direct jobs.No final decision has been made on whether to construct the facility on a site near Sorrento, about 30 miles from Baton Rouge.
The company Monday filed an appeal in U.S. District Court in Boise, saying Judge B. Lynn Winmill committed "serious errors of law and fact" when he blocked its so-called megaload from traveling U.S. Highway 12's federally-designated Wild and Scenic River corridor.
From mercury to pesticides, Americans are exposed daily to environmental chemicals that could harm reproductive health, the nation's largest groups of obstetricians and fertility specialists said Monday.The report urges doctors to push for stricter environmental policies to better identify and reduce exposure to chemicals that prove truly risky.