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Enviro Tech Chemical Services Dedicates New Facility

April 1, 2015 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Enviro Tech is a chemical company focused on food safety and water treatment. Company officials say the plant will eventually employ more than 80 workers.

Monsanto Donates $4M to Effort to Save Monarch Butterflies

April 1, 2015 9:24 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics...

Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 31, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially...

Va. Board OKs $361,000 Fine Against CSX For 2014 Derailment

March 31, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CSX also agreed to complete restoration of the river bank in the area of the derailment and...

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High Plains Coal-Bed Methane Reservoir Deal Headed to Vote

March 31, 2015 10:29 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

An agreement between Wyoming environmental regulators, a gas developer and a bond surety company would put the surety company in charge of inventory and reclamation of as many as 143 small reservoirs containing groundwater from coal-bed methane wells.

Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

Chemical Production Sees Best Increase Since '10

March 30, 2015 5:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Production increased in eight segments, including organic chemicals, consumer products and pharmaceuticals, but decreased in eight others that included synthetic fibers, plastic resins and adhesives.

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Mining For Tourists? A Dubious Economic Savior in Appalachia

March 30, 2015 4:16 pm | by JONATHAN DREW and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal — its very name is an acronym for South East Coal Company. But as mining wanes, officials across the region are looking for something to replace traditional jobs and revenues.

Business Forecasters Boost 2-Year Outlook For US Economy

March 30, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast December 2014.

Is Wyoming Ready For Another Bust?

March 28, 2015 3:37 pm | by BENJAMIN STORROW, Casper Star-Tribune | Articles | Comments

Almost three decades after a dramatic drop in crude prices brought the state to its knees, is Wyoming better prepared to navigate another oil industry bust?

Hess Corp Gives $15 Million to University of Wyoming

March 26, 2015 10:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy firm Hess Corp. has donated $15 million to the University of Wyoming to bolster research into extracting hard-to-get oil and gas deposits.

Execs From Montana's Largest Mining Company Moving to Denver

March 26, 2015 6:11 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and the company plans to close its offices in Billings as part of cost-cutting moves.

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Shell Cuts Staff in North Sea

March 26, 2015 2:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil company said the cuts are part of a range of initiatives it has been pursuing to manage costs and improve competitive performance.

Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 1

March 24, 2015 4:57 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know. Find out what comes in at No. 1!

Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 3

March 24, 2015 4:32 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know. Today we look at increased focus on sustainability and waste reduction.

Chinese Chemical Company Set to Acquire Pirelli

March 24, 2015 4:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The acquisition would give China the intellectual property of the world's fifth-largest tire maker, while giving Pirelli greater access to the world's largest auto market amid potential competition in Asia from Michelin and Continental.

Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 5

March 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know. On the list today: Risk management is a driving force.

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US Stocks Rise on Rebound in Oil, Strong Company Results

March 20, 2015 12:08 pm | News | Comments

After dropping more than 3 percent Thursday, oil was up $1.39, or 3 percent, to $46.86 a barrel. Energy stocks rose far more than the rest of the market, with the S&P 500 Energy sector up 1.3 percent.

Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits relate to the discovery of genetically modified wheat on a farm in Oregon in May 2013. The wheat had not been approved, and after the discovery, Japan and South Korea temporarily suspended some wheat orders.

General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

Oilpatch Firms Selling Stock to Shore up Finances, But Who's Buying?

March 18, 2015 10:54 am | by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Energy firms have been looking to raise billions in financing by selling big chunks of their own stock — betting that investors smell a buying opportunity.

Greenbrier Shares Find Energy Outside of Energy Sector

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The railroad freight-car maker Greenbrier announced a sharp hike in orders during the second quarter, but industry watchers honed in on what railroads want to buy, rather than how much.

ConcoPhillips to Cut Spending, Expects Output Boost

March 17, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Houston-based energy company said Tuesday that it plans to reduce its annual capital spending to about $11.5 billion, down from a prior plan of about $16 billion, through 2017. It expects spending on development drilling to increase while major project spending declines.

Anti-Graft Probe Targets PetroChina Vice Chairman

March 17, 2015 10:59 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The vice chairman of China's biggest state-owned energy company has become the latest prominent executive targeted by Communist Party investigators in a spreading anti-corruption campaign.

DuPont And Salix Are Big Market Movers

March 17, 2015 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Dow Signs on to Develop Massive Wind Farm

March 13, 2015 4:31 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The farm, which will power Dow’s Freeport Texas Manufacturing plant, will span 35,000 acres and produce enough electricity to power more than 55,000 homes.

Lumber Liquidators CEO Makes Surprising Admission

March 13, 2015 3:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

During a conference call, Lumber Liquidators CEO Rob Lynch responded to a "60 Minutes" report that exposed excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in the glue used to bind the company's wood.

Low Oil Prices, CEO Optimism Fuel Megadeals in Chemicals Sector

March 12, 2015 3:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

As a sign of continued strength in the chemicals industry, 2014 was a banner year with the highest recording of mergers and acquisitions volume in a decade.

Chemical Regulations Act Gets a Major Reboot — But Not Everyone is Applauding

March 11, 2015 5:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The intent is to improve consumer safety with updated laws and regulations of toxic chemicals, and on face value, the bill seems to accomplish just that. But not everyone agrees on whether the provisions go far enough.

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