Salem, Va.-based QualiChem has announced that is has completed a major expansion if its headquarters, laboratory and manufacturing facilities. The company's Salem facility is now 70 percent larger, with 35 percent more space for quality control, R&D laboratories and manufacturing, plus 50 percent more floor space for raw material and finished goods.
Federal authorities say natural gas but not oil is flowing uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast, forcing the evacuation of 47 workers aboard an oil rig. No injuries have been reported. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says inspectors flying over the site Tuesday saw a light sheen covering an area about a half-mile by 50 feet.
A jury has been seated to hear one of three lawsuits alleging groundwater pollution by an electronics manufacturer in Myrtle Beach. The suit alleges that groundwater contaminated with a chemical known as TCE damaged property values in a 10-block area near the company's former plant.
Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. appeared at before federal regulators Wednesday to contest $1.7 million in proposed civil penalties over a Montana oil spill. The penalties stem from a 2011 pipeline break that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Laurel.
The wave of potential expansion comes with concerns. An explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant in April killed 15 people in the community of West, highlighting the dangers of such facilities and how loosely they're regulated. But in communities like Tuscola, local officials say they're prepared to handle those risks.
Argentina's state-controlled YPF oil company has persuaded Chevron Corp. to sign a long-sought deal to invest $1.24 billion in developing the South American country's shale oil deposits. The joint venture adds up to $1.5 billion overall.
BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Monday's launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims.
Higher gasoline costs pushed a measure of U.S. consumer prices up in June. But the overall trend in inflation stayed tame. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index increased 0.5 percent in June from May. Two-thirds of the increase came from a 6.3 percent jump in gas prices, the largest since February.
The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011 set off tremors around a West Texas oil field, according to new research that suggests oil and gas drilling operations may make fault zones sensitive to shock waves from distant big quakes.
The Labor Department says wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in June compared with May when prices had risen 0.5 percent. It was the biggest gain since a 1 percent jump in September and was driven by a 7.2 percent surge in gasoline prices.
The report, provided to Exxon and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, found cracks near a seam that failed on the ruptured Pegasus Pipeline, the company said. Both Exxon and the regulatory agency declined to release the report, which was produced by Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory Inc.
The deadly derailment and explosion of an oil train in Quebec involved DOT-111 type tanker cars, which have come under scrutiny from transportation safety experts concerned with what they say is their tendency to split open during derailments and other major accidents.
Two families are suing a McAlester propane company for more than $2 million over a deadly blast at a Eufaula sandblasting company. The May 7 explosion left one man dead and another badly burned. The McAlester News-Capital reports the families of the two men filed suit in McIntosh County.
Omega Engineering has unveiled the DPi1701 series of 1/8 DIN monochrome, high-resolution graphic display panel meter and data logger for temperature and process management. The meters are CE-compliant and are capable of recording 85,000 data points with time and date stamping.
The U.S Chemical Safety Board is the first federal agency to acknowledge the lax oversight of ammonium nitrate, the chemical blamed for an explosion in West so massive that it registered as a small earthquake, flattened swaths of the small town and killed 15 people. The agency, one of several investigating the April incident, made 18 recommendations in a preliminary report.
Another class action lawsuit has been filed against seed giant Monsanto over last month's discovery of an isolated field of genetically engineered wheat in Oregon. Dan Brown, a wheat farmer in Seward County, sued Monsanto Tuesday on behalf of himself and potentially thousands of other growers.
The deadly June 13 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals during the accident that killed two workers and injured 114 others, according to a report filed with state environmental regulators.
Authorities have opened a state highway as they make progress in fighting a fire at a chemical plant southwest of Peoria. Peoria County communications supervisor Sandy Klatt said Monday that state Highway 24 has been opened through Mapleton and firefighters now have the fire at the Chemtura Corporation plant under control.
The lawsuit filed Friday seeks unspecified damages from plant owner Adair Grain and CF Industries, which supplied agricultural-grade ammonium nitrate toe the plant. A fire at the plant ignited the explosive chemical, flattening homes, schools and businesses and killing firefighters and other first-responders.
The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry's chief lobbying group, has asked the Supreme Court to block sales of E15. The court could decide as soon as Monday whether to hear the ethanol case, which combines similar requests by groups representing refiners and car manufacturers.
BP is calling for an independent investigation into a lawyer working for the administrator reviewing claims arising from the Gulf oil spill who has been accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had once referred claims.
Officials of a southwestern Indiana county have approved issuing $1.3 billion in bonds for a proposed fertilizer plant being developed by a Pakistan-based group after Gov. Mike Pence pulled state support, citing concerns about the company's overseas products being used in explosives in Afghanistan.
Other state officials told lawmakers that 129 facilities store at least 5 tons of ammonium nitrate and other potentially explosive materials. Sixteen of those were fertilizer-mixing facilities similar to the West Fertilizer Co., which blew up following a fire that ignited ammonium nitrate.
The new construction comes after the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board raised safety concerns earlier this year about more than a decade of delays in completing improvements to an aging fire protection system at the West Texas facility, the Amarillo Globe-News reported Sunday.
State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer said Saturday officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were coming to the CF Industries facility as soon as the site was safe. Sandifer said the state police's hazardous materials unit was at the plant overnight.