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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.   

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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.

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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.

U.S. Wholesale Costs Rise On Gas Prices

January 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures costs before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month from November. That ends three straight months of falling wholesale prices.      

No Injuries In DuPont Plant Incident In Texas

January 15, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

DuPont Co. spokesman Aaron Woods on Wednesday said no workers were hurt at the DuPont Sabine River Works in Orange. Woods says the emergency shutdown Tuesday night has closed one polyethylene unit amid the company investigation into the incident.

Boehner: Need Better Enforcement Of Safety Rules

January 14, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

House Speaker John Boehner is suggesting that the Obama administration needs to do a better job of enforcing safety regulations designed to protect the public against disasters like the chemical spill into West Virginia's drinking water supply.  

Lab Study Cuts Fracking Waste's Radioactivity

January 14, 2014 8:04 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finding solutions for safely dealing with contaminated water and having enough usable water to drill new wells is crucial for the oil and gas industry. It has booming in recent years due to new methods of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — a method that uses millions of gallons of chemical-laced water to crack thick layers of underground rock so fossil fuels can flow out.

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U.S. Attorney: Feds To Probe W.Va. Chemical Spill

January 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by John Raby, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a news release Friday that his office and other agencies will investigate the circumstances surrounding the release and determine what caused it. He says authorities will take whatever action is appropriate based on the evidence found.

Feds Still Weighing Appeal In BP Supervisors' Case

January 10, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge agreed Thursday to extend a deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to appeal the dismissal of some manslaughter counts against two BP employees charged in the deadly 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Spirit Of Cooperation Frays In Fracking Debate

January 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy. The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential model for other states and a rare example of political foes finding common ground on a complex issue.

Chemical Spill Shuts Down Much Of W.Va. Capital

January 10, 2014 7:58 am | by John Raby, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shortly after the Thursday night spill from a Freedom Industries hit the river and a nearby treatment plant, a licorice-like smell enveloped parts of the city, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an order to customer of West Virginia American Water: Do not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.

China Blames Leaking, Sparks For Deadly Oil Blast

January 9, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.

Blast At Japan Chemical Plant Kills 5, Injures 17

January 9, 2014 7:48 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said. Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s Yokkaichi plant, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Tokyo.

Fishermen Sue Texas Lawyer In BP Claims Dispute

January 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Vietnamese fishermen sued a Texas lawyer on Tuesday over allegations that he falsely claimed to represent thousands of deckhands to secure a lucrative appointment on a committee of attorneys representing victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.

NY Says Company Will Clean PCBs From Lower Hudson

January 7, 2014 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York conservation officials say Atlantic Richfield Co. has agreed to clean up PCB-contaminated soils and Hudson River sediment in Westchester County in a project estimated to cost more than $250 million. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says Tuesday it's an important step in restoring the health of the Hudson.

Most Innovative Companies #10: Aggressive Grinding Service

January 7, 2014 2:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #10 is Aggressive Grinding Service, headquartered in Latrobe, Penn., which was selected because of their unique business model — by attaching themselves to the region's shale gas boom, and being stationed right in the heartland of the Marcellus hotspot, they've achieved enormous success.

In Cold Snap, Recipe For Roads Goes Beyond Salt

January 7, 2014 1:10 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A splash of beet juice, a dollop of molasses, a squeeze of cheese brine. In the coldest weather, the recipe for safer roads often goes beyond the usual sprinkling of salt. Plain salt is largely ineffective below 16 degrees. Additives can keep it working in temperatures as low as minus 25.

Toyota Ups Orders For Hydrogen-Powered Car In U.S.

January 7, 2014 9:33 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The car, which Toyota calls FCV for now, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery and emits only water vapor as exhaust. Toyota said the car will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015. Rival automakers Hyundai and Honda have also said they'd start selling cars with that technology in the U.S. that year.

Lessons Learned: When Disaster Strikes A Chemical Plant

January 6, 2014 9:47 am | by Complex Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

If a natural disaster hit your business, would you be prepared? How would you recover from the damage to your infrastructure? Unfortunately, Complex Chemical Co., Inc. had to learn the real-life answers to these questions when, on April 24th, 2010, a powerful EF-3 tornado hit their chemical processing plant in Tallulah, Louisiana.

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