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BP Exec: Well Could Have Been Sealed Sooner

October 2, 2013 1:37 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Brazil Judge Dismisses Case Against Chevron

October 1, 2013 1:36 pm | News | Comments

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.

Testimony At BP Oil Spill Trial Targets Response

October 1, 2013 12:13 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Ohio: Shale Drillers Must Report Chemicals Locally

September 30, 2013 1:59 pm | News | Comments

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.

Federal Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill Resumes

September 30, 2013 9:39 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.       

Motion: Toss BP Supervisors' Manslaughter Charges

September 27, 2013 2:07 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 To Purchase Virgo Valves And Controls

September 26, 2013 12:12 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

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.

Study: BP Spill Did Wide Damage To Sea-Floor Life

September 25, 2013 2:38 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Lawsuit: Pollution From Fire Making Residents Sick

September 25, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

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 Considering $12.5B Plant In Louisiana

September 25, 2013 8:11 am | News | Comments

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.

GE Unit Appeals Idaho Judge's Megaloads Ruling

September 24, 2013 1:55 pm | News | Comments

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.

Report: Environmental Chemicals A Pregnancy Risk

September 24, 2013 7:59 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

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.

Survey: U.S. Gas Prices Drop 6 Cents A Gallon

September 23, 2013 9:16 am | News | Comments

The average price of regular gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 6 cents a gallon during the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that a gallon of regular now costs $3.52 on average.                

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BASF Buying Verenium For About $51.2M

September 20, 2013 7:52 am | News | Comments

Verenium focuses on developing and selling high-performance enzymes used in food and fuel markets. BASF is a diversified company whose products range from chemicals, plastics and performance and crop protection products to oil and gas.        

Ex-Halliburton Manager Charged In Gulf Spill Probe

September 20, 2013 7:28 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager was charged Thursday with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a case that coincides with a guilty plea to a related charge by the Houston-based oilfield services company.    

Germany Supplied 'Dual-Use' Chemicals To Syria

September 18, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

The Economy Ministry said in a statement published Wednesday that the chemicals were classed as "dual-use" goods and there was no indication they had been used for military purposes. The chemicals included 93 metric tons (102 tons) of hydrogen fluoride and 12 metric tons (13 tons) of ammonium hydrogen fluoride.

13 Arrested In Protest Of Keystone XL Pipeline

September 17, 2013 1:33 pm | News | Comments

Those arrested Monday were part of a group of protesters outside the Houston office of TransCanada Corp. They were protesting the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Huntsman To Buy Rockwood Businesses For $1.1B

September 17, 2013 7:42 am | News | Comments

Huntsman said Tuesday it also will assume $225 million in unfunded pension liabilities as part of the acquisition of performance additives and titanium dioxide businesses from Rockwood Holdings Inc. Texas-based Huntsman said it expects the deal to add about 60 cents per share to its annual earnings.

Oil Getting Burned By Natural Gas

September 16, 2013 8:54 am | by Dan Kelly, Reading Eagle | News | Comments

Bright said EJB Paving's processing plants had been powered by natural gas in the past, but when gas prices began to rise, they converted to No. 2 recycled oil more than a decade ago. But economic conditions now favor natural gas, so the company has gone back.

BASF Announces $42.6M Project

September 13, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

German chemical manufacturer BASF will spend $42.6 million to build a new polyurethane blending facility at its Geismar operation in Ascension Parish. The company says the new facility will create 22 jobs.Company officials said on Thursday construction is expected to start in June.

Judge Urged To Accept Halliburton's Guilty Plea

September 13, 2013 10:17 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services and Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to approve a plea deal that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP Seeks Cuts In Settlement Program's Budget

September 13, 2013 8:03 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.      

Wal-Mart Banning Toxic Chemicals In Some Products

September 12, 2013 2:34 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores says it will require its suppliers to phase out 10 hazardous chemicals from personal care products, cosmetics and cleaning products in its stores. It will also require the suppliers to disclose chemicals in those products.   

Oil In Quebec Train Disaster Was Mislabeled

September 11, 2013 11:02 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil carried by a freight train that derailed and exploded in Quebec this year had been misclassified as a less dangerous type of crude, Canadian officials said Wednesday, and they urged U.S. and Canadian regulators to ensure dangerous goods are accurately labeled.

New Factory Slated For Buffalo, Bringing 170 Jobs

September 11, 2013 7:18 am | News | Comments

A Dubai-based company plans to build a new factory in Buffalo that will employ about 170 workers producing steel pipes for the oil and natural gas industry. Local media outlets report that Alita USA Holdings plans to build its $102 million factory in South Buffalo, near the city's Lake Erie waterfront.

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