Content Tagged As chemical_plant

Tagged News

  • Fire breaks out at Geismar chemical plant Play Video

    June 4, 2014 11:37 AM

    GEISMAR, La. - State officials said it could be a month before they learn the exact cause of Wednesday's fire at Westlake Chemical in Geismar. The fire started just after 11 a.m. in a cooling storage area on the plant's grounds. A plant official said organic peroxide, an additive... more »
  • Close to a year after blast, company has 30 days to finish cleaning up Play Video

    September 25, 2013 9:01 PM

    SLAUGHTER - The Department of Environmental Quality has given a chemical plant 30 days to cleanup after an explosion last November. Monolyte Labs exploded and caught fire late last year. Since then, the company has been collecting and storing hazardous materials inside a number of large tanks that remain... more »
  • Flaring possible this week at Exxon plant

    August 20, 2013 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents in north Baton Rouge could see increased activity this week at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant on Scenic Hwy. Officials say the flaring might happen as they shut down equipment for maintenance, and isn't because of an emergency. According to Exxon officials, flaring is an... more »
  • Site of deadly explosion plans restart Play Video

    July 31, 2013 4:52 PM

    GEISMAR - Operators of a chemical plant which exploded last month, killing two workers, announced plans today to reopen the facility by April 2014. On June 13 the Williams Olefins plant exploded after investigators said a catastrophic failure occurred in one of the heat exchangers associated with the propylene... more »
  • OSHA probing deadly blast at La. chemical plant

    June 14, 2013 1:16 PM

    GONZALES - Officials from the south Louisiana chemical plant where an explosion killed one worker and injured dozens of others say they still don't know the cause of the blast. Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of plant owner Williams Companies Inc., held a news conference in Gonzales on Friday. He... more »
  • Class action lawsuit filed after plant explosion

    June 14, 2013 10:51 AM

    GEISMAR - Attorneys filed a class action lawsuit today against the operator of a Geismar chemical which exploded yesterday, killing one person and injuring dozens. Attorneys with the Becnel Law Firm of LaPlace filed suit in Ascension Parish today against Williams Olefins, the company which operates the plant. ... more »
  • Refinery flaring after compressor trip

    May 21, 2013 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant in Baton Rouge said a compressor trip caused them to start flaring this afternoon. A spokesperson from ExxonMobil said it wasn't an emergency situation, and all the appropriate agencies had been notified. Flaring is used to burn off material... more »
  • Job fair today for positions at Geismar plant

    April 25, 2013 10:57 AM

    GEISMAR - A chemical company with expansion plans in Geismar scheduled a job fair today for potential hires. Methanex Corp. is building a new methanol production facility which will open by the end of 2014. The facility will have 135 permanent, full-time jobs in a variety of positions around... more »
  • Warehouse destroyed during chemical fire

    November 19, 2012 8:09 AM

    SLAUGHTER - An early morning fire has destroyed the Monolyte Laboratories, Inc. facility in Slaughter. Police Chief Walter Smith says one of his officers was flagged down around 1:30 a.m. Monday and told of what appeared to be fire and smoke coming from the Monolyte facility. Smith says no one... more »
  • Council updates deal for chemical plant

    September 21, 2012 8:56 AM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council has approved revising an incentive proposal for a $300 million chemical facility set to locate in the parish. Canadian mineral development company Avalon Rare Metals Inc. announced last month its intention to build a 150-acre rare earth elements separation refinery in Geismar. Construction... more »
  • DEQ fines company over leaks after Isaac

    September 18, 2012 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators say they are issuing a $12,189 fine against a chemical terminal flooded during Hurricane Isaac because it did not notify authorities fast enough about chemical releases. On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said it issued the fine against Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, a... more »
  • Evacuated residents want compensation after fire

    May 29, 2012 10:15 AM

    ERWINVILLE - Some West Baton Rouge Parish residents forced from their homes because of a chemical fire say the Air Liquide company owes them. Authorities evacuated residents living within a mile around the Air Liquide facility after a fire last week ignited several acetylene containers in the plant. Several... more »
  • Honeywell to expand Baton Rouge plant

    July 6, 2011 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Honeywell International Inc. said Wednesday that it will invest $33 million in its Baton Rouge plant to produce a propellant for use in cleaners, insulation, warning systems, marine navigation and novelty aerosols. The industrial conglomerate, based in Morris Township, N.J., said the investment will enable the... more »
  • New Iberia evacuation ends; plant cleanup begins

    June 17, 2011 3:42 AM

    NEW IBERIA- People are back in 68 homes and businesses in New Iberia, two days after a chemical fire forced evacuation. But Louisiana State Police say they won't reopen the street in front of Multi-Chem Corp. until the cleanup at the plant is complete. Trooper Stephen Hammons says that's expected... more »
  • Plant fire in New Iberia under control

    June 15, 2011 5:17 PM

    NEW IBERIA - Louisiana State Police report that the fire at a New Iberia chemical plant is under control. Trooper Stephen Hammons said crews with Williams Firefighting and Hazard Control are continuing to spray the plant with chemicals to completely extinguish the fire, which started after a reporter explosion... more »
  • Fire continues to burn at New Iberia chemical plant

    June 15, 2011 2:47 AM

    NEW IBERIA- A fire at a chemical plant in Iberia Parish continues to burn after a series of explosions Tuesday afternoon. The first blast occurred just before 4 p.m. at at a facility owned by Multi-Chem Group LLC. It was followed by several more explosions, resulting in a large... more »
  • Explosions rock La. chemical plant; no injuries

    June 14, 2011 4:45 PM

    NEW IBERIA, La. - State police say no one was injured in explosions that rocked a chemical plant in a southern Louisiana industrial park, forcing evacuations within a mile of the factory. Trooper Stephen Hammons says all employees are accounted for. He says Iberia Regional Airport was closed Tuesday... more »
  • A new chemical plant means almost 50 jobs for Lake Providence area

    December 28, 2010 1:37 PM

    Myriant Technologies is planning to build the world's largest bio-based succinic acid plant at the Port of Lake Providence in East Carroll Parish. Company officials say the project will create 49 direct jobs with an average annual salary of nearly $40,000 dollars. East Carroll Parish has the highest... more »

Top Stories