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  • Ascension deputies investigate theft from chemical plant

    July 30, 2015 4:25 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Sheriff's deputies reported a theft complaint from a local chemical plant where about 12 pallets of black fencing were stolen from an open yard. Deputies say the fencing included 162 new 8x8 Ameristar Fence sections, along with several 3x3x11 posts with an estimated value $70,000 and... more »
  • Unusual ground flare visible for miles, officials say no concern

    July 14, 2015 11:30 PM

    GEISMAR - A short drop in voltage - called a power dip - at a chemical plant Tuesday night caused an enormous glow in the night's sky. Numerous people expressed concern about the sporadic orange glow that seemed to almost breathe; starting at nothing, growing to a towering inferno... more »
  • Chemical plant expansions make Gonzales housing boom target

    May 11, 2015 7:53 AM

    GONZALES- Developers looking to cash in on a housing crunch created in the wake of industrial expansions in the chemical corridor have been eyeing Gonzales, with new subdivisions. Several subdivisions are in the works. Officials recently announced the development of 203 acres on Conway Plantation for single-family homes. Activity is... more »
  • Louisiana Water Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2015 7:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The legislative session is coming up, and on its agenda: budget cuts, Common Core, and the Louisiana environment. The Green Army is getting ready for the session as well; they're planning a big rally this weekend in downtown Baton Rouge. This morning, Lieutenant General Russel Honoré stopped... more »
  • Memorial for firefighters killed in chemical fires to be unveiled

    April 6, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Fire Marshal's Office said they will honor firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty this Saturday at their annual memorial ceremony. Fire Marshal Butch Browning said they will also unveil a new addition to the memorial which recognizes industrial firefighters killed... more »
  • Crews will work overnight to cool burn area at plant after fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 2, 2015 7:03 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police said it appears a plant fire that injured two people Thursday ignited when a seal broke on a valve. The blaze started around 6:30 p.m. and was contained by 9:30. The fire was out by 10 p.m. Overnight, crews were expected to douse the equipment... more »
  • Honeywell completes $33M expansion in Baton Rouge

    December 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $33 million modernization project at Honeywell's chemical and refrigerant gases manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge has been completed. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies President and CEO Darius Adamczyk announced the completion Monday. The project extended the life of Honeywell's existing facility, retaining... more »
  • Chemical company announces Ascension Parish plans

    July 25, 2014 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials and leaders with the Stepan Company announced plans to start work on a proposed $60 to $70 million chemical plant for Ascension Parish's industrial corridor. The company's CEO said they will complete front-end engineering and design work for the facility. They said they'll make... more »
  • Fire breaks out at Geismar chemical plant check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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