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W.Va. Officials Dispute Formaldehyde Claim

January 30, 2014 7:53 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials and a water company strongly disputed a scientist's claim Wednesday that residents were likely breathing in traces of formaldehyde while showering after the chemical spill, saying the chemical that tainted the water supply only produces the carcinogen at extremely high temperatures.

What Does 3D Printing Mean For ERP?

January 29, 2014 3:06 pm | by Antony Bourne, Global Manufacturing Industry Director, IFS | Blogs | Comments

The implications for spares and repairs inventory are obvious — rather than keeping safety stock on hand, parts could be printed as needed from a stock of materials.                          

W.Va. Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal patches a regulatory framework that let Freedom Industries spill chemicals into the public water supply on Jan. 9 without immediate detection, state lawmakers said. The leak into the Elk River kept 300,000 people without clean, drinkable water for days.


Processing Trends, Chemical Industry Knowledge Lead To Custom Approach

January 29, 2014 10:23 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Currently, the processing market, and in particular the harsher chemical, petrochemical and resins sectors, are seeing growth due to an influx of homegrown energy resources that have helped lower production costs. This growth shines a spotlight on the need for equipment, operational approaches and ERP systems that are scalable, reliable and efficient.

Report On Tesoro Refinery Blast Delay

January 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has delayed finalizing its investigative report into an April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., prompting criticism from its own members and others.    

Judge Asked To Remove BP Settlement Probe Leader

January 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawyer targeted in an investigation of the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal judge to disqualify former FBI director Louis Freeh from reviewing and acting on any allegations involving the attorney.

Backers: Report On Rail Risks Boosts Keystone XL

January 24, 2014 8:28 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pipeline supporters said the unusual joint warning by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada highlights the need for Keystone XL, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

China, BP Venture Plans Columbia Chemical Plants

January 23, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese-backed venture that includes the British petroleum company BP proposes two plants along the lower Columbia River to distill methanol from natural gas for use in making plastics and rubber.Each plant would cost $1 billion and employ about 120 people, The Oregonian reported Wednesday.


NTSB: Oil Train Crash Risks 'Major Loss Of Life'

January 23, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Warning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules.  

State: 2nd Chemical From Tank Spilled In W.Va. River

January 22, 2014 12:46 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency says a second, likely less toxic chemical also was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a storage tank that leaked a coal-cleaning chemical also contained a mixture of polyglycol ethers, or PPH.

Activists, CSX Concerned About Derailed Oil Trains

January 22, 2014 11:01 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six train cars that derailed on a Philadelphia bridge this week carried the same type of flammable crude that exploded in a small Canadian town, killing 47 people.Although no oil spilled and no one was hurt, the CSX derailment Monday worried environmental activists, especially because it occurred in a densely-populated city.

At Davos, Push For Climate Relief, Clean Energy

January 22, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos have made it a top priority to push to reshape the global economy and cut global warming by shifting to cleaner energy sources. U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres says the world economy is at risk unless a binding climate deal is agreed in Paris in 2015 to lower heat-trapping carbon emissions from coal and oil.

9 Treated Following Fire At Central Pa. Food Plant

January 21, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

A Gettysburg Hospital spokesman said seven people were taken there for potential exposure to the chemical toluene, while a county emergency official said two others were treated at nearby Waynesboro Hospital.         


Halliburton Manager Gets Probation In Gulf Spill

January 21, 2014 2:17 pm | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager apologized to his family and friends Tuesday before a federal judge sentenced him to one year of probation for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.     

Third Point Says It Bought Stake In Dow Chemical

January 21, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

Hedge fund Third Point LLC said Tuesday that it has acquired a significant stake in Dow Chemical and wants the company to spin off its petrochemicals division. Dow Chemical Co. shares jumped $2.25, or 5.2 percent, to $45.32 in morning trading after rising as high as $46.70 earlier. The stock has been trading around six-year highs.

Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

January 21, 2014 8:19 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

Judge To Sentence Ex-Halliburton Manager

January 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

14 Companies Bid To Destroy Syria Chemicals

January 20, 2014 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program.   

Company Files For Bankruptcy After W.Va. Spill

January 20, 2014 7:57 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company blamed for a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water filed for bankruptcy Friday, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that were forced to shut down for days.   

Canada Urges U.S. To Decide On Keystone XL Pipeline

January 17, 2014 12:12 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's foreign minister says it's time for the Obama administration to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline even if the answer is no. John Baird said Thursday "We can't continue to live in a state of limbo" during a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

Calif. Sued Over New Flame Retardant Regulations

January 17, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

A chemical company is suing California to overturn new flammability standards for furniture and other products that allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants. Chemtura Corp. filed its suit Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying the state's new rules weaken fire safety standards.

U.S. Officials Call For More Safety For Oil By Rail

January 17, 2014 7:53 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Topping the list are plans to analyze the risks of oil trains that in recent years began passing regularly through major metropolitan areas across the U.S., Foxx said. The results could be used to alter some routes, government officials said.   

Most Innovative Companies #2: AquaTech

January 16, 2014 11:03 am | Articles | Comments

Our #2 pick is AquaTech, which has 32 years of experience with industrial waste water treatment and is located at the heart of the Marcellus Shale region. The company was one of the first in the area to develop mobile water treatment facilities which lower costs and reduce the risk of transporting contaminated water. AquaTech is also expanding its manufacturing space as well as dedicating a company division to the shale industry.

Company In W.Va. Spill Cited In Issues At 2nd Site

January 15, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inspectors on Monday found five safety violations at Freedom Industries' storage facility in Nitro, about 10 miles from the spill site in Charleston. The spill contaminated the drinking water for 300,000 people, and about half of them were still waiting for officials to lift the ban on tap water.

BP: World Energy Demand To Jump 41 Percent By 2035

January 15, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Oil giant BP forecasts world demand for energy to grow by 41 percent by 2035, driven by growing consumption in the booming economies of China and India. That represents a drop from 55 percent growth in the previous period, and BP says the growing use of renewable energy will help energy suppliers meet the world's needs.

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