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  • BASF eyes new propylene plant along Gulf Coast

    May 3, 2014 4:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - German chemical titan BASF SE is evaluating plans to spend more than $1.4 billion to build a propylene plant somewhere along the Gulf Coast. Kurt Bock, chairman of the company's board of executive directors, said Friday that a feedstock of cheap natural gas would give BASF... more »
  • Hazardous Facilities In Acadiana: Part 1

    November 5, 2013 1:19 AM

    Back in April, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas shocked the nation, in part because the violent explosion was caught on video . 15 people were killed, more than 160 were injured, and an entire town was leveled. While the cause of the initial fire is still... more »
  • Carencro Experiencing Growing Pains

    June 24, 2013 7:13 PM

    We often hear growing is a good thing, but dealing with growing pains can be a problem. The City of Carencro is tackling growing pains when it comes to water, sewage and natural gas and it's residents who will end up paying for it. Over the last two... more »
  • Cleanup Underway at Old Marine Shale Processors

    March 14, 2013 6:23 PM

    In Saint Mary Parish, hazardous waste removal and demolition is underway at the old Marine Shale Processors site. It's located in Amelia, near Morgan City. Clean up crews have had their equipment in place since early February. Marine Shale Processors took over the site in 1984. At first,... more »
  • Multi-Chem Meeting Scheduled for Tonight

    July 10, 2012 10:42 AM

    Vermilion Parish residents opposed to a Multi-Chem facility moving into their area plan on speaking at the fire department's monthly meeting tonight. The group flat out does not want Multi-Chem in their backyard. They say they worry about the effects it could have on their community. Construction is well... more »
  • Air Liquide plant to resume normal operations

    May 30, 2012 6:55 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The Air Liquide Specialty Chemicals plant in Port Allen is expected to reopen and resume normal operation Wednesday. The plant has been shut down since May 21 so that officials could investigate the cause of an explosion and chemical fire. The fire forced nearly 200... more »
  • Fiery flare from chemical plant cause accident

    May 10, 2012 7:02 AM

    NORCO, La. (AP) - State environmental regulators say fire and smoke flaring up at the Shell Norco chemical plant were the result of a heater unit failure that forced a shutdown of a portion of the plant. The eruption was visible from the Causeway Boulevard exit of Interstate 10, 25... more »
  • Plan shelved to convert power plant to coal

    April 12, 2012 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Low natural gas prices and plentiful gas supplies have put aside plans to convert a gas-fired power plant to New Roads to coal power. NRG Energy Inc. spokesman Dave Knox told The Advocate that the company has allowed a state permit to convert the Big... more »
  • Wyoming ethanol plant continues production

    April 9, 2012 9:28 AM

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The owners of the only ethanol plant in Wyoming say they intend to continue in operation despite the end of the state's 17-year-old ethanol tax credit. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Wyoming Ethanol plant in Torrington will likely buy less corn from farmers in... more »
  • Plant crews cleaning up after explosion Thursday

    March 26, 2012 5:43 AM

    GEISMAR, La. (AP) - Westlake Chemical Corp. crews were clearing chemical Sunday from a tower damaged by an explosion and fire last week at the plant in Geismar. A crane apparently arrived from out of state late Saturday, allowing crews to stabilize the tower that held an estimated 500 gallons... more »
  • Chemical plant burning in Geismar

    March 22, 2012 11:05 AM

    GEISMAR, La. (AP) - State police hazmet units are on the way to a fire at Westlake Vinyls chemical plant on La. Highway 73 in Geismar. Trooper Russell Graham said Thursday that reports of a release of vinyl chloride have been received. St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief James... more »
  • Entergy: Safety culture growing at Palisades plant

    March 22, 2012 6:34 AM

    SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - Operators of the Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan say they're making progress in the face of a series of safety issues and a poor report card from federal regulators. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held another in a series of public meetings in South Haven... more »
  • Regulators assure public Palisades plant is safe

    March 1, 2012 8:47 AM

    SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - Federal regulators have assured the public that the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan is safe despite concerns about the facility from nearby residents. Last month, the NRC announced that safety violations had led them to downgrade the plant. The demotion means the plant... more »
  • Federal judge: Vt. nuclear plant can remain open

    January 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's only nuclear plant can remain open beyond its originally scheduled shutdown date this year, despite the state's efforts to close the 40-year-old reactor, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha in Brattleboro is a win for the Vermont... more »
  • New oilfield services plant to open in Scott

    January 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based company that provides corrosion protection services for the oil and gas industry is planning to open a new plant in Scott. Houston Plating and Coatings LLC says it will hire 120 people over the next five years to work at the new $9... more »
  • Biodiesel Plant May Locate in Baton Rouge

    October 16, 2011 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A company is studying the possibility of basing a $30 million biodiesel refinery capable of producing 30 million gallons of fuel per year at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Port executive director Jay Hardman told The Advocate ( that Alabama Renewable Energy has asked... more »
  • New Morgan City plant to provide 10 cities' power

    June 15, 2011 10:00 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - An engineering firm has been selected to build a new power plant in Morgan City that will provide power for 10 cities. The Houma Courier reports that Burns and Roe of New Jersey was picked from 11 engineering firms vying for the job to design the... more »
  • Germany Suspends Nuclear Plant Extension

    March 14, 2011 11:20 AM

    BERLIN (AP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is suspending for three months a decision to extend the life of its nuclear power plants. Merkel's Monday announcement follows opposition calls to scrap the extension altogether in the wake of explosions at a nuclear plant in Japan. Her government last year... more »
  • New jobs for Lake Providence

    December 28, 2010 9:29 PM

    LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) - State officials say Myriant Technologies will build a new 392,000-squre-foot acid plant at the Port of Lake Providence that will create about 50 new jobs and hundreds more in the project's construction phase in the parish with Louisiana's highest unemployment rate. Gov. Bobby Jindal joined... more »
  • Bomb squad probes package found at Arizona nuke plant

    October 13, 2010 11:01 AM

    WINTERSBURG, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a suspicious package found at a nuclear power plant west of Phoenix. Maricopa County Sheriff's spokesman Brian Lee says security officers at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station called them at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after they found the suspicious package. A second... more »
  • Nucor Corp. Has Chosen a LA Site for a $2 Billion Pig Iron Plant

    September 15, 2010 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state lawmaker says Louisiana officials will announce Wednesday that steelmaker Nucor Corp. has chosen a Louisiana site for a $2 billion pig iron plant. Rep. Alton Aubert of Vacherie says he was informed of the decision Wednesday by the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal. The... more »
  • 7 in Intensive Care After Ala. Plant Ammonia Leak

    August 24, 2010 8:35 PM

    THEODORE, Ala. (AP) - Seven people remained hospitalized in intensive care Tuesday as federal investigators sought the cause of an ammonia leak a day earlier in a plant that freezes chickens. An attorney for Millard Refrigerated Services, which operates the coastal Alabama plant, said there had been no similar problems... more »
  • Construction Begins on Iberville Parish Plant

    August 24, 2010 7:00 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Construction has officially begun on a polymers manufacturing plant in Iberville Parish. SNF Holding Co. says it is spending $350 million in a five-phase construction project. The first unit at the plant is expected to begin production by late 2011. The company says that when the... more »
  • $1.7 Billion Coal-Fired Power Plant

    July 19, 2010 11:16 AM

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Two organizations have asked a federal judge to halt construction of a $1.7 billion coal-fired power plant in southwestern Arkansas. Audubon Arkansas and the Sierra Club said Monday they filed a motion in federal court in Texarkana, claiming the construction is destroying wetlands. Owners of a... more »
  • Toyota Plant in China Remains Shut Due to Strike

    June 23, 2010 11:14 PM

    TOKYO (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. says production at one of its main factories in China remains shut due to a strike, while Honda Motor Co. says operations at a car assembly plant resume following the end of a labor dispute. Toyota, the world's largest automaker, said its plant in... more »
  • Hammond Plant Adds 2nd Shift for Sand Wall Baskets

    June 3, 2010 10:27 AM

    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - As the National Guard has put up more and more sand walls to protect Gulf Coast beaches from the nation's worst oil spill, a plant in Hammond has added a second shift to make the wire mesh baskets used as the foundation. Dennis Barkemeyer, a tech... more »
  • Local Boy Scout Council To Plant Trees In Atchafalaya Basin

    January 19, 2010 12:20 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts will leave their mark on the Atchafalaya Basin this year by planting cypress tree as part of a yearlong celebration of scouting's 100th anniversary. On Feb. 20, 800 Scouts will gather in the Basin to create what will... more »
  • Cop disciplined after marijuana found in his house

    October 22, 2009 10:08 AM

    MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Mandeville Police detective whose adult children were allegedly growing marijuana in his home has been disciplined but will not face criminal charges. Mandeville Police and St. Tammany Parish deputies raided the home of Leonard Pfleider on Oct. 8 after learning that his child... more »
  • Animal activists file complaint

    October 21, 2009 11:44 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - More complaints of animal neglect have been made against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center. For the second time this year, an animal rights group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant... more »
  • Big dino prints found in Jurassic park in France

    October 7, 2009 9:49 AM

    PARIS (AP) - Now that's one big foot. Paleontologists in eastern France have reported the discovery of some of the largest dinosaur footprints ever documented, measuring about 1.4 meters to 1.5 meters (4.6 feet to 4.9 feet) in diameter. The site of the find, high in the Jura mountains, was... more »

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