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Wyo. OSHA Seeks $700K In Penalties Vs. Sinclair

October 30, 2013 7:45 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 To Pay $800K In EPA Agreement In W.Va.

October 29, 2013 7:56 am | News | Comments

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.

The Theology Of Global Warming

October 28, 2013 11:28 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

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.


Mosaic Pays $1.4B For CF Industries Phosphate Unit

October 28, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

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.

LSB Industries To Receive $113M After Blast

October 28, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

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.

DuPont Sued Over Cancer

October 28, 2013 7:39 am | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

FDA Approves GE Brain Imaging Tool For Alzheimer's

October 25, 2013 12:17 pm | News | Comments

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.

DuPont Spinning Off Performance Chemicals Unit

October 25, 2013 7:56 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Battery Factory To Resume Production

October 25, 2013 7:40 am | News | Comments

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 Calls Glyphosate 'Safe' After AP Report

October 23, 2013 8:05 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Medvedev: China, Russia Agree To Oil Supply Deal

October 22, 2013 7:36 am | News | Comments

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.

Argentines Worry Agrochemicals Are Killing Them

October 21, 2013 7:47 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Target Of BP Settlement Probe Lashes Out At Freeh

October 18, 2013 10:20 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.


Fire At Mexican Gas Facility Kills 5

October 17, 2013 7:52 am | News | Comments

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.

Booming Oil Towns Prepare For Inevitable Bust

October 16, 2013 11:29 am | by James MacPherson and Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ex-Halliburton Manager Pleads Guilty

October 15, 2013 12:36 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Study Ties Chemical To Possible Miscarriage Risk

October 14, 2013 9:47 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

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.

Jury Finds BP Negligent In Texas Emissions Event

October 11, 2013 10:28 am | News | Comments

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 Sells Unit For $500M

October 11, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

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 Sells Consumer Unit For $315M

October 11, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

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.

Platform Buying Chemical Maker MacDermid For $1.8B

October 11, 2013 7:38 am | News | Comments

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.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited For Safety Lapses

October 10, 2013 11:28 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.   

Data Shows China Passing U.S. As Biggest Oil Importer

October 10, 2013 7:50 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

Worker Dies In Louisiana Plant Accident

October 9, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

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.

Solvay Buys U.S. Chemical Firm In $1.3B Deal

October 7, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

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.

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