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Manslaughter Charges Filed in Deadly 2012 Platform Blast

November 20, 2015 9:01 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

The explosion and fire started during welding work on a platform owned by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC, killing three workers and injuring several others.

Refinery Agrees to Pay $1.2M in Settlement With Feds

November 20, 2015 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An oil refinery company with operations in Utah has agreed to pay a $1.2 million as part of a settlement with federal regulators over the emission of hazardous air pollutants.


370 Workers Faint at Cambodian Toy, Garment Factories

November 20, 2015 8:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 370 workers fainted at Cambodian factories in the past two days, possibly because of pesticide spraying on nearby rice fields, officials said.


Report: Plant Safety Hasn’t Improved Since Deadly Chemical Leak

November 18, 2015 6:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The analysis by the Washington-based Center for Effective Government said incidents at U.S. chemical plants still occur at a rate of about one in every two days.


DuPont Says New Beer Enzyme Could Shorten Brewing Process

November 18, 2015 6:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

DuPont last week introduced a new enzyme at a trade show in Germany that it says could both shorten and improve beer's maturation process.


Keystone XL Developer Committed To Completing Project

November 18, 2015 6:25 pm | by Grant Schulte, The Associated Press | Comments

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline remains committed to completing the final leg of the project even though President Barack Obama denied the Canadian company's request for a federal permit.


Blue Bell Resumes Production in Texas Plant After Listeria

November 18, 2015 6:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Blue Bell has resumed making ice cream in Texas but those treats are not for sale amid fallout from listeria contamination and cleanup.


BP Says It's Looking For Buyer For Its Decatur Plant

November 18, 2015 6:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

BP said the plant no longer fits into the company's plans for reorganizing its global petrochemicals business.


Emotions High For Mine Victim Families in Ex-Coal CEO Trial

November 18, 2015 6:15 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

Sitting in court since early October, spectator Judy Jones Petersen has heard plenty from the defense about a former coal CEO's safety concerns but not much about how 29 men died — including her brother — in a fiery mine blast under that executive's watch.


New Water-Based Superglue Could Improve Industrial, Medical Adhesives

November 17, 2015 9:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that a new synthetic substance comprised mostly of water is, in fact, stronger than the most advanced existing adhesives.


Iran to Boost Oil Exports After Sanctions Are Lifted

November 17, 2015 8:59 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Iran said Tuesday it will export an additional 500,000 barrels of oil a day after sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal in a bid to reclaim its market share despite low prices.


Air Liquide Offers to Buy Airgas in Deal Worth About $10.3B

November 17, 2015 8:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Air Liquide offer comes more than four years after Airgas fended off a lengthy takeover bid from another rival, Air Products and Chemicals Inc.


EPA Intends Tougher Downwind Air-Pollution Rule in 23 States

November 17, 2015 8:46 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.


Statoil Announces it Will Exit Alaska Offshore Exploration

November 17, 2015 8:14 pm | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

A second major oil company has abandoned plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean off the northwest coast of Alaska.


Retrofitting Nearing Completion at Nebraska Biodiesel Plant

November 17, 2015 8:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Retrofitting is nearing completion and tests are underway at the Beatrice biodiesel plant in southeast Nebraska that's yet to produce any fuel.



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