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  • ExxonMobil sued over Baton Rouge chemical plant's emissions

    March 4, 2016 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An environmental group's lawsuit claims ExxonMobil Corp. continues to violate Clean Air Act regulations despite a 2014 settlement over emissions from the company's Baton Rouge chemical plant. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network sued the company in federal court on Thursday. The suit alleges that pollution from... more »
  • Shell Chemical to spend $717 million to expand Geismar plant Play Video

    November 30, 2015 9:52 AM

    GEISMAR- Shell Chemical LP will develop a new linear alpha olefins manufacturing unit at the company's Ascension Parish complex. The project will include a $717 million capital investment and create 20 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $104,000, plus benefits, while retaining 650 existing jobs at Shell Geismar.... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 »

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