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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

U.S. Economic Recovery To Continue Throughout 2014

January 28, 2014 2:55 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

The first Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) reading of 2014 strengthened slightly, pointing to continued growth and an improving U.S. economy throughout 2014.                          

Martin Marietta Materials Acquires Texas Industries

January 28, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Martin Marietta Materials is buying Texas Industries in an all-stock deal worth $2.06 billion, creating a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials with a strong presence in large, fast-growing markets like California and Texas.

One of the state's largest taconite mines does not need a new environmental study in order to expand and operate for another 16 years, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

MN Mine Expanding Without Red Tape

January 28, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the state's largest taconite mines does not need a new environmental study in order to expand and operate for another 16 years, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.                            

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Juror Misconduct Calls BP Verdict Into Question

January 27, 2014 11:03 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer is basing his request for a new trial on improper interviews with jurors who had convicted him of trying to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill, federal prosecutors say.

AR Lifts Stay On Steel Mill Permit

January 27, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Production Expanded In December, 2013 Ended High

January 27, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Articles | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index rose by 0.8 percent in December, following a 0.3 percent gain in November. This gain was driven by increases in the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions. For the second consecutive month, production increased in all seven regions of the U.S. during December. 

Biomass Plant Dispute Heads To Court

January 24, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A legal dispute over a proposed $150 million wood-burning power plant in Springfield is scheduled to be heard in March.                                     

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Tennessee's Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process.

Colgate-Palmolive Building A New Plant In TN

January 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Tennessee's Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process.

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When Disaster Strikes A Chemical Company

January 24, 2014 1:00 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 a powerful EF-3 tornado hit its chemical processing plant in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Chemical Plants Planned Along Columbia River

January 22, 2014 3:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese-backed venture that includes the British petroleum company BP proposes two plants along the lower Columbia River to distill methanol from natural gas for use in making plastics and rubber.

Keystone Pipeline Now Operational In TX

January 22, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian company has started operating the Texas portion of a proposed cross-border pipeline that has stirred controversy and tension between the United States and Canada.                                         

ND Oilfield Protection Plan Under Fire

January 22, 2014 10:39 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma-based oil industry group is urging royalty owners in North Dakota to fight a proposal designed to lessen the impacts of oil development in the western part of the state.                 

KY Senator Shows Support For Uranium Plant Workers

January 22, 2014 10:37 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday debuted a new campaign TV ad, featuring the whispery voice of a throat cancer survivor who credits the five-term Kentucky Republican for supporting sick workers at a uranium enrichment plant.

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Officials say Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed last month for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company's Ascension Parish plant.

Williams Olefins Contests OSHA Fines

January 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed last month for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company's Ascension Parish plant.

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 Receives $4M To Cover Cleanup

January 22, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The embattled company behind West Virginia's chemical spill has reached a bankruptcy court deal for up to $4 million in credit from a lender to help continue operations and also provide funds to cover environmental cleanup from the spill in the Elk River, an attorney said.  

New GM Supplier Plant In KS

January 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics announced that the plant will supply the Chevrolet Malibu model built at GM's Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. The plant is expected to create 164 jobs in the next two years.

Coal Heritage Site Closing

January 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Windber Coal Heritage Center in southwestern Pennsylvania is closing for lack of visitors, but the mining company that owns the building in question is donating it to a local hospital.                          

Third Point Buys Stake In Dow Chemical

January 21, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hedge fund Third Point LLC says it has acquired a stake in Dow Chemical and wants the company to spin off its petrochemicals division. Dow Chemical Co. shares jumped $2.25, or 5.2 percent, to $45.32 in morning trading after rising as high as $46.70 earlier.

Lawsuits Continue Over NM Drilling Ban

January 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A northeastern New Mexico county faces another lawsuit for its decision to prohibit oil and natural gas development. A statewide industry group and three landowners sued Mora County last November and now a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary has filed a new suit.

Missing Opportunities In Manufacturing Post-Mortems

January 20, 2014 11:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

The manufacturing industry is tight-lipped about internal operations, and most plant managers would be more apt to think that a major production disruption would be something to silence as much as possible. They certainly wouldn’t write up a post-mortem. But what if they did? What if they thought others could find value in what went wrong?

Boeing Developing Aviation Biofuels

January 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Aircraft maker Boeing Co., Etihad Airways, the oil company Total and others say they will work together on a program to develop an aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates.

Shell Sells Stake In Australian LNG Project

January 20, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has agreed to sell its stakes in an Australian liquefied natural gas project to the Kuwaiti Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company for $1.135 billion (840 million euros).

PA Pipeline Fight Heads To Court

January 20, 2014 10:28 am | by SCOTT BEVERIDGE, (Washington) Observer-Reporter | News | Comments

Arguments in the case will be heard Tuesday in Washington County Court, and its outcome likely will set the tone for how the others will play out as Sunoco constructs a 50 mile pipeline from Washington County to Delmont in Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania.

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 Files For Bankruptcy After Leak

January 20, 2014 10:25 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.

Appeals Court Refuses LA Spill Claim Transfer

January 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell to have a new judge oversee the state's claims over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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