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Judge Sticks To BP Gross Negligence Ruling

November 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin McGill, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence." It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant.         

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries' Remediation Efforts May Be Lightened

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Previous agreements required Freedom to remove all contaminated soil and groundwater. The new agreement leaves that option on the table, but also allows Freedom to apply for the Land Restoration Voluntary Remediation Program. During bankruptcy proceedings company officials have said this program would be less expensive.

Fracking Accident Leads To Fatality In Colorado

November 14, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line in below zero temperatures at the well site when it ruptured. One man was hit by a stream of water and died from the impact.                                          

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29 Deaths Lead To Indictment Of "The Dark Lord Of Coal Country"

November 14, 2014 10:37 am | by John Raby and Allen G. Breed, AP | News | Comments

Don Blankenship has become the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy stemming from the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

Pollution Settlement Reached Over Paper Mill Chemical Disposal

November 14, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Two of three businesses targeted by Harris County prosecutors  in a lawsuit over polluting the San Jacinto River in Texas with poisonous paper-mill waste have agreed to pay $29 million to the county and state. The EPA says the compound in question is so toxic that there is no safe level of exposure.

2015 Could See U.S. Produce Most Oil In Over 40 Years

November 13, 2014 1:34 pm | News | Comments

However, there is significant uncertainty over the crude oil price forecast because of the range of potential supply responses from OPEC, particularly Saudi Arabia, as U.S oil producers project higher production levels that would drive prices down.

Company Exposed Workers to Amputation, Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 1:11 pm | News | Comments

According to OSHA, service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods, Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.

Illinois Lawsuit Targets Fracking Rules

November 13, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction, claiming the DNR violated several rulemaking procedures.

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Kraft Cuts 275 Jos In Missouri

November 13, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

Bacon production is being moved to Coshocton, Ohio, which already produces about two-thirds of the company's bacon product. A spokesperson said Kraft is considering bringing other production lines to Kirksville but nothing specific has been decided.

Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 12:02 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over 20,000 gallons of uranium solution was spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine. In-situ uranium mining involves pumping chemicals underground to release uranium into a solution that is pumped to the surface. No shafts or tunnels are dug underground.

Arms Manufacturer Lays Off 126 In New York

November 12, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off. In August, 105 people were laid off at Remington's plant in the village of Ilion, 55 miles east of Syracuse.       

Manufacturing Technology Investment Continues To Increase

November 11, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

This total was up 77.3 percent from August and 61.4 percent when compared with September 2013. Year-to-date totals are up 5.2 percent compared with 2013, according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology's (AMT) monthly report.   

Six Challenges Facing The Modern Manufacturer

November 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Danielle Iera, TPC Wire & Cable Corp. | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers and processors face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns.                         

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Court Reinstates Safety Whistleblower At Nuke Site

November 11, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

An appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington who claims he was fired by a subcontractor after raising safety issues at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

Administrator Of Gulf Claims Survives BP's Attempt To Replace Him

November 11, 2014 11:47 am | by Kevin McGill, AP | News | Comments

BP lawyers had said Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons, among them that he had a conflict of interest because he once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims.

Pesticide Company Fined $10,000 Over Bee Deaths

November 11, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

State officials said that after a similar bee die-off last year, it prohibited the use of certain pesticides on linden trees when bees would be attracted to the flowers, and the company and the applicator should have known about that prohibition.

Energy Tycoon Losses $1 Billion In Settlement

November 11, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

The chairman and CEO of energy giant Continental Resources, Inc. must pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion as part of a divorce settlement. The court order directs Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife, Sue Ann Hamm, $995.4 million for "property division alimony."

What's Keeping Chemical CEOs Up At Night

November 10, 2014 11:53 am | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

With the chemical industry back in the game, so to speak, executives can finally start to relax and enjoy the ride, right? Wrong. A new threat is looming on the horizon with the potential to seriously jeopardize projects and the progress of the industry as a whole. The issue: the limited supply of skilled labor.

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

Global Chemicals Industry Continues Strong In Q3

November 10, 2014 11:28 am | Articles | Comments

Although deal volume has decreased, value in the third quarter was at its highest since early 2011, hitting an average of $756 million. This heightened value was aided by the nine mega-deals that took place this quarter, including the $6.3 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings by Albemarle Corporation.

Shell Purchases Former Zinc Plant

November 10, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Shell hasn't formally committed to building the plant, which would convert ethane from Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into chemicals used to make plastics, tires and even antifreeze, so a timeline for the conversion and operational start remains undefined.

North Dakota Refinery Production Green-Lighted

November 10, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

The refinery will help meet the need for diesel fuel in the booming western oil patch. About 90 people will work there full time, turning 20,000 barrels of crude from the rich Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota into 7,000 barrels of fuel each day.

Showdown Looms As California Mandates Pesticides For Organic Growers

November 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | News | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year - $35 billion annually - producers are challenging a proposed California program with a pesticide-heavy approach, including the spraying of organic crops in order to fight a pest that has cost other states billions of dollars.

Hundreds Of Kids Poisoned By Detergent Pods

November 10, 2014 10:50 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP | News | Comments

Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets mistaken for toys or candy have resulted in coma and seizures for many children. There have been more than 17,000 poison center calls related to the products over the last two years.

Shell Takes On New Mexico County Over Country's First Drilling Ban

November 7, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

Attorneys for SWEPI, a subsidiary of Shell, said the measure effectively destroyed the value of the company's $1 million drilling leases. Mora County wants a trial so it can present evidence on why the commission adopted the ordinance - to protect its land and water.

Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 11:38 am | by Matt Stroud, AP | News | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost more than $31 million in retirement savings because investment managers failed to properly oversee the plan. The lawsuit says investment managers hired by the company made no effort to diversify the accounts.

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