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  • Sulfuric acid leak "under control" in Geismar, authorities say

    August 13, 2016 7:37 PM

    GEISMAR - Residents near the Honeywell Plant were alerted just before 11:30 pm that the sulfuric acid leaks at the plant were "under control," according to a fax from Iberville Parish emergency authorities. Residents had been asked to shelter in place after the leak was discovered. A second leak... more »
  • Praxair to invest $100M in Geismar facility

    April 28, 2016 9:46 AM

    GEISMAR - Leading global industrial gas company, Praxair Inc., announced Wednesday an investment in excess of $100 million in its location in Geismar. The company says they’re putting the cash into expanding its carbon monoxide production with an aim to support the growing customer demand present in the Mississippi... more »
  • $145M expansion planned for Geismar manufacturing facility

    April 18, 2016 12:45 PM

    GEISMAR - Occidental Chemical Corporation plans a $145 million expansion of its OxyChem manufacturing plant in Geismar to produce material that will be used in refrigerants. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Occidental President Rob Peterson announced the plans Monday, saying the plant expansion will create 12 new jobs with an... more »
  • OSHA cites biofuel company over hydrogen gas explosion

    March 7, 2016 6:19 AM

    GEISMAR- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Geismar biodiesel plant $70,000 and has cited a biofuels company over a September hydrogen gas explosion. OSHA also cited Renewable Energy Group, an Iowa-based biofuels producer, on Thursday with three willful safety violations over the company's alleged failure to... more »
  • Shell getting underway with $717M expansion at its Geismar plant

    February 17, 2016 4:50 AM

    GEISMAR- Shell Chemical LP is starting a $717 million expansion at its plant in Geismar. Shell officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards say it will create 1,500 construction jobs and add 20 permanent jobs when it opens in 2018. Salaries for the permanent jobs average $104,000 a year. About 650... more »
  • Detectives look to ID stolen shotgun-toting suspect behind Geismar break-ins

    February 12, 2016 6:31 PM

    GEISMAR - Detectives in Ascension Parish are looking to identify a man who wielded a stolen shotgun during a string of vehicle break-ins in a Geismar subdivision earlier this week. Sheriff’s deputies in Ascension Parish are reporting a string of vehicle break-ins in a Geismar subdivision and surrounding neighborhoods... more »
  • Geismar plant officials say ammonia storage tank leak contained Play Video

    January 20, 2016 10:09 AM

    GEISMAR - Plant officials said an ammonia leak that started early Wednesday morning at PCS Nitrogen in Geismar has been contained with no injuries reported. State Police said HazMat crews responded to work the leak, which shut down LA 3115 between LA 30 and LA 75 as crews performed... more »
  • School, community mourn death of 14-year-old student Play Video

    December 10, 2015 1:29 PM

    GEISMAR - Flags at Dutchtown High School were lowered to half-staff the day after State Police said a 14-year-old student was hit by a pickup and died while riding his bike. Authorities said Brennan Rube was riding his bike south on LA 73 around 6 p.m. Wednesday when a... more »
  • Geismar biorefinery will restart in January

    October 15, 2015 8:51 AM

    GEISMAR- Renewable Energy Group expects to have its Geismar biorefinery, closed following a Sept. 3 explosion, back online by the end of January. The explosion, the second in six months, injured four workers. An April blast injured two. Both explosions involved equipment that had undergone maintenance and was being restarted.... more »
  • Section of Highway 73 closed for railroad repairs

    September 30, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A section of Highway 73 in Geismar was shut down early Wednesday morning for repairs to the railroad crossing. The road will be closed between Highway 30 and River Road. DOTD advises drivers to use LA 57 and LA 30 as alternate routes. The road will reopen Saturday,... more »
  • Fire quickly put out at Geismar plant

    September 11, 2015 4:40 PM

    GEISMAR - A chemical plant in Geismar reported a fire around 3 p.m. was quickly put out with no outside response, according to emergency responders in Ascension Parish. The sheriff's office said a fiberglass pipe at Westlake Chemical caught fire inside the plant, and no chemicals burned. Smoke... more »
  • Plant explosion victim son of elected official Play Video

    September 4, 2015 3:07 PM

    GEISMAR - The most seriously injured worker from Thursday night's plant explosion in Geismar is the son of Kenny Matassa, mayor pro tem of Gonzales and a candidate for parish president, according to a representative for his family. Anna White with Matassa's campaign said his youngest son, 34-year-old Nick... more »
  • Four injured, one severely after plant explosion

    September 4, 2015 1:30 AM

    GEISMAR - Authorities in Ascension Parish said four plant workers were injured, one of them severely, when a high-pressure hydrogen line exploded at a plant in Geismar overnight. The explosion caused a fire at the Renewable Energy Group plant around 11 p.m. according to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley.... more »
  • Gun store offers free class to women with restraining orders Play Video

    August 11, 2015 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One gun store is offering free training to women who have restraining orders against abusive men. The owners of Precision Firearms and Indoor Range said they reached the decision because they're upset with the recent killing of Geismar resident Monica Johnson. Authorities said Johnson was... more »
  • Man accused of beating wife to death with bat Play Video

    August 10, 2015 5:31 PM

    GEISMAR - Investigators said an Ascension Parish man beat his estranged wife to death with a baseball bat and broke her 18-year-old son's arm this weekend. Sheriff Jeff Wiley said 38-year-old David Johnson of Geismar faces first degree murder charges for the death of 45-year-old Monica Johnson as well... more »
  • Donaldsonville man wanted in home invasion, shooting

    July 9, 2015 4:29 PM

    GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are looking for a Donaldsonville man wanted in connection with a home invasion and kidnapping earlier this week. Deputies say they were dispatched to a residence on Anderson Road in Geismar where there were reports of multiple shots fired. Investigators identified 22-year-old... more »
  • Friends, family fill basketball court to honor drowning victim Play Video

    May 12, 2015 11:31 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A community remembers a teen for his personality, the love he had for his family and his favorite sport. As night fell on Tuesday, a pick-up game takes over the basketball court where Malcolm Calloway loved to play. "I just played basketball with him the... more »
  • Sheriff: Body found after Sunshine teen drowns

    May 10, 2015 7:28 PM

    GEISMAR - Authorities say they've found the 17-year-old that went missing after going for a swim in a pond Sunday. Deputies say Malcolm Calloway went missing around 4 p.m. after he never resurfaced from the water. According to officials, Calloway went swimming with a friend at the Parks of... more »
  • Plant should be fully operational a few months after fire

    April 7, 2015 10:57 AM

    GEISMAR - Plant officials estimated Tuesday that the Renewable Energy Group plant in Geismar should fully operational again in a few months after a fire damaged part of their production facility and burned two workers. A spokesperson for REG said damage from the April 2 fire appears contained to... more »
  • Two men burned in plant fire to go home for Easter

    April 4, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two men injured in a Geismar plant fire were able to go home to their families Saturday morning. The two men Ben, 39 and Brandon, 57 were transported over to Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center in Mid City after a fire broke out at a... more »
  • Residents upset about 'late' plant fire warning Play Video

    April 3, 2015 6:27 PM

    GEISMAR - Authorities and emergency responders had been at the scene of a plant fire in Geismar for an hour before notifying residents in the area about what was going on, and that hour isn't sitting well with those who live near the plant. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office... more »
  • Plant shut down for repairs after fire

    April 3, 2015 4:27 PM

    GEISMAR - Officials with Renewable Energy Group said Friday that their Geismar plant will stay shut down until repairs and an investigation into last night's fire are completed. The fire at the REG biorefinery on Highway 30 broke out after 6 p.m. Thursday when Louisiana State Police said a... more »
  • BR General burn unit caring for plant workers

    April 3, 2015 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Administrators with Baton Rouge General's burn unit said two workers are in fair condition after they were burned in a plant fire at a Geismar chemical facility last night. Hospital spokesperson Nicole Kleinpeter said the burned workers were first taken to an emergency room near the... 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 »
  • Plant slapped with violations and fines following 2013 explosion Play Video

    December 8, 2014 10:30 PM

    GEISMAR - Eighteen months after a chemical plant exploded it was fined $194,000 by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for violations spanning six years. The agency found Williams Olefins violated codes and regulations 29 times. The plant was fined more than all of the plants in the Greater... more »
  • Cool Schools: Spanish Lake Primary Play Video

    November 25, 2014 7:47 AM

    GEISMAR - Louisiana is known for its live music. Playing instruments, signing and dancing are all part of our heritage. 5th graders at Spanish Lake Primary School in Ascension Parish are getting a head start on the tradition by learning to play ukulele. "They are in the classroom all... more »
  • 18-wheeler overturns, closes River Road

    November 5, 2014 6:10 PM

    GEISMAR - Louisiana State Police warned drivers to avoid a portion of River Road near Geismar after an 18-wheeler overturned there Wednesday evening. Authorities closed LA 73 between LA 75 and LA 3115 just before 6 p.m. Trooper Jared Sandifer said a truck hauling butane overturned after it left... more »
  • Geismar biorefinery returns to fuel production

    October 27, 2014 11:51 AM

    GEISMAR - Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced on Monday the sale of its first commercial-scale truckloads of renewable hydrocarbon diesel produced at the company's Geismar biorefinery. The Geismar plant has been idle since the fall of 2012, but the biorefinery is back in action after it was purchased by... more »
  • Woman hit, killed crossing I-10 on foot

    October 15, 2014 12:00 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police said a Geismar woman died after she was hit by an 18-wheeler while crossing I-10 East on foot early Wednesday morning. Troopers said April Tasker, 21, had stopped her vehicle and was standing on the shoulder of the highway near Highway 73 at 3 a.m.... more »
  • Geismar man killed in East Feliciana crash

    October 1, 2014 10:22 AM

    JACKSON - State police say a 43-year-old Geismar man, who was not wearing his seatbelt, died in a one car accident on U.S. Highway 61 in East Feliciana Parish. Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer says a car being driven by James Kent Jr. ran off the highway around 10 p.m.... more »
  • New home in Geismar donated to Iraq war veteran Play Video

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM

    GEISMAR - A 16-year veteran of the armed services who was is injured during a 2011 tour of duty in Iraq is the proud owner of a new home in Geismar as of Wednesday morning. Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Foundation presented Cory Jenkins, who served in the... more »
  • Utah man accused of calling in La. bomb threat

    September 17, 2014 4:54 PM

    GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies said a Utah man has been charged with calling in a bomb threat to an Ascension Parish chemical plant on Sept. 11. Deputies charged Terry Randall Cox, 34, with terrorizing. They said he was a contract worker at the PCS Nitrogen Plant in Geismar. ... more »
  • Driver freed from vehicle after 18-wheeler wreck

    August 21, 2014 1:02 PM

    GEISMAR - Emergency workers freed an 18-wheeler driver who became trapped Thursday afternoon when his truck ran off the road in Ascension Parish. Family members clapped for the rescuers after they cut the driver free and loaded him onto a stretcher. State Police closed the portion of River... more »
  • Man accused of multiple car break-ins

    August 19, 2014 4:44 PM

    ASCENSION - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he broke into numerous cars in the Geismar area this past July. Deputies accused Tyree Davison,18, of breaking into multiple unlocked cars in two subdivisions and stealing personal items from them. He also faces charges connected to multiple... more »
  • LSP: Driver died behind the wheel, then crashed

    July 17, 2014 4:32 PM

    GEISMAR - Authorities closed an Ascension Parish highway after a one-vehicle wreck in which State Police said the driver died while behind the wheel. The wreck happened on LA 621 near Highway 73 in Geismar, shutting down the road while State Police worked the wreck. Troopers said the... more »
  • Joint investigation continues after Westlake Chemical fire

    June 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    GEISMAR, La. - DEQ responders, State Police, and OSHA inspectors are on site today at Westlake Chemical in Geismar as a joint investigation begins following Wednesday's fire. State officials said Westlake Chemical will release a statement seven days after the accident if they exceeded a reportable quantity of regulated... 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 »
  • Holocaust survivor asks students for hope Play Video

    January 15, 2014 5:48 PM

    GEISMAR - A Holocaust survive shared her strength and hope for a better world with students in Ascension Parish Wednesday. Marion Blumenthal Lazan was taken to a concentration camp when she was just four years old. She spent six years there, constantly terrified. "The hardest thing was to... more »
  • Honeywell to build new plant in Geismar Play Video

    December 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    GEISMAR - Honeywell will build a new auto-refrigerant plant in Geismar. The plant is part of $300 million the company is investing to increase production of a new refrigerant for automobiles. The company says the new product's global-warming potential is 99.9 percent lower than that of the current refrigerant in... more »
  • Man found dead in his own driveway

    November 17, 2013 5:48 PM

    GEISMAR - A man was found dead in front of his home Saturday night after being shot. Major Kevin Hanna says after 11 p.m. Herman Tasker, 58, was found at 35704 River Oaks in Geismar dead in his driveway. He was pronounced dead at the crime scene. No... more »
  • Hunt Correctional employee arrested

    November 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Sheriff's deputies arrested an employee of the Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel after they said he tried to smuggle drugs into the jail. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office accused Daron Toussant of drug charges after starting an internal investigation into his actions. Detectives got... more »
  • Vapors ignited plant explosion

    October 3, 2013 4:37 PM

    GEISMAR- Plant operators at Williams Olefins said Thursday, a vapor cloud ignited after a rupture of a reboiler on June 13 causing the blast that killed two plant workers. The plant released the information through an emailed news release and said company experts are reviewing the issues and considering... more »
  • 87-year-old killed in crash with Mack truck

    September 19, 2013 9:58 PM

    GEISMAR- An elderly woman was killed in a crash when she pulled into the path of a Mack truck Thursday. State Police said Lonie Marchand,87, pulled into the path of the large dump truck on LA 75 at Ashland Road. The truck hit the driver's side of Marchand's car.... more »
  • LSP investigating deadly crash near Geismar

    September 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police said at least one person died in a wreck this afternoon in Ascension Parish. Trooper Jared Sandifer said it happened just before 4 p.m. at Highway 75 / River Road and Ashland Road near Geismar. State Police didn't have any additional details they could... 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 »
  • Honeywell to expand operations in Louisiana

    July 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    GONZALES - Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies announced today that it will expand its operations in Louisiana. Company President and CEO, Andreas Kramvis joined Governor Bobby Jindal to present the plan. The company says it will invest $208 million at facilities in Geismar, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. ... more »
  • Geismar plant hit with new DEQ compliance orders

    July 3, 2013 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued two new compliance orders against Williams Olefins over air and potential water releases stemming from a deadly explosion last month at its facility in Geismar. The new compliance order dealing with air quality cites the Tulsa, Okla.-based company for... more »
  • Sites of 2 deadly plant explosions remain closed

    July 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several weeks after deadly explosions at two southeast Louisiana chemical plants, one remains closed and the other is partly closed. Officials say it could be months before federal investigators determine what caused the fatal blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to area hospitals... more »
  • "Catastrophic failure" cited in deadly Geismar plant explosion

    June 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    GEISMAR - Investigators claim a "catastrophic failure" in a heat exchanger and associated piping were involved in the fatal Williams Olefins plant explosion on June 13th. Monday, the Chemical Safety Board and Williams-Olefins released their initial findings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) is also completing an investigation into... more »
  • Ascension Parish solicits input on sewer plan

    June 17, 2013 8:06 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials hope to give information out and get some in return during a pair of public meetings this week regarding a proposed parish-wide sewer project. The first meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center gymnasium. A second meeting... more »
  • Firefighters reflect on plant explosion response Play Video

    June 14, 2013 6:01 PM

    GEISMAR - Emergency responders in Ascension Parish today reflected on what happened during those first few minutes of the response to the Geismar chemical plant explosion Thursday. "People were literally running for their lives, down Highway 3115, and it was chaos at that moment," said Nathaniel Stephens, Geismar's Fire... more »
  • Plant workers watching explosion investigation Play Video

    June 14, 2013 4:47 PM

    GEISMAR - Many who live and work near the Williams Olefins chemical plant have questions about the explosion there Thursday, and how it could impact them. "The area is high industrial so we're back into work mode, but the impact in the community is still there," says Melissa Hite,... 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 »
  • BRG provides update on explosion patients

    June 14, 2013 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Medical personnel at Baton Rouge General - Mid City said in a press conference Friday that they have seen a total of 19 patients since yesterday's deadly plant explosion in Geismar. Chief medical officer Dr. Flip Roberts said that four of the patients are being treated... more »
  • Friends use social media to remember plant worker killed Thursday

    June 13, 2013 11:10 PM

    HAMMOND- A plant worker, killed when the chemical facility where he works exploded Thursday, was remembered as a young man who made people laugh. Zachary Green, 29, died in the explosion at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar. He was an operator at the facility. Green's friends and... more »
  • LSP identify man killed in chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 4:58 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police released the name of the person killed in today's chemical plant explosion in Geismar. Troopers said Zachary Green, 29, of Hammond was found dead at the Williams Olefins plant after an explosion this morning around 8:30 a.m. The state Department of Health and Hospitals... more »
  • Highways reopen after chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    GEISMAR - Authorities reopened several highways surrounding a chemical plant in Geismar which exploded earlier today. The only road still closed was LA 3115 from LA 30 to LA 75. Several sections of LA 30 and LA 3115 were closed throughout the day after the explosion at 8:30... more »
  • Center opening for blood donations after explosion

    June 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A blood center in Baton Rouge asked people for more donations to help local hospitals after a chemical plant explosion today in Geismar. LifeShare Blood Centers provide blood for Baton Rouge General, where several people injured and burned in the explosion at the Williams Olefin chemical... more »
  • Jindal: 10 workers still in plant safe room

    June 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    GEISMAR - Ten workers stayed behind at the Williams Olefins chemical plant after an explosion today to keep flaring operations running and shut down the plant, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal. He said during an afternoon briefing the workers were in a safe room as part of the plant's... more »
  • Red Cross volunteers assisting after explosion

    June 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    GEISMAR - The Baton Rouge chapter of the Red Cross deployed volunteers today to help people affected by this morning's explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar. Volunteers are providing food, water and emotional support for workers and families with loved ones who were hurt in the... more »
  • LSP: One dead after chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 1:06 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police confirmed one person has died after a massive chemical plant explosion in Geismar this morning. They made the announcement just before 1 p.m. near the Williams Olefins plant on La. 30, where an explosion and fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. An LSP spokesperson... more »
  • EMS: 60 people injured in chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 9:16 AM

    GEISMAR - Emergency responders says dozens of people have been taken to local hospitals for injuries after a chemical plant explosion this morning in Ascension Parish. Acadian Ambulance said they transported 47 patients via ambulance and buses to hospitals for treatment, and airlifted 13 to local hospitals and burn... more »

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