5:44 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Philippines: The World's Employment Agency

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:20 pm

As you may remember, an explosion on an oil rig about 20 miles off the coast of Louisiana killed three Filipino nationals and injured a handful of others in November. The incident put Filipino guest worker programs under intense scrutiny by the local media and advocacy groups.

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7:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Air Quality Concerns Surface After South Louisiana Explosions

The explosion and fire at the Williams olefins plant.
NBC33-TV, via WWL-TV

The sight of smoke billowing over three separate explosions in south Louisiana within a week may have caused some concern about air quality. Officials are confident that there was no health danger. Others aren’t so sure.

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4:42 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Plant Explosion Claims Second Life

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:22 pm

Thursday’s chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has claimed another life. Seven remained hospitalized Friday with burns and respiratory complications.

Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong visited with workers and their families Friday. He called the incident a “major” explosion.

“This is a terrible and unprecedented tragedy," Armstrong said. "I’ve talked with a few of our employees and I know they are hurting, however, I’ve also seen and been inspired by their courage.”

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2:39 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

One Confirmed Dead In Geismar Chemical Plant Explosion, Fire

The explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins plant.
NBC33-TV, via WWL-TV

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Louisiana State Police and other officials say a reported explosion touched off a fire at the Williams olefins petrochemical plant in the Ascension Parish town of Geismar Thursday morning. One fatality has been confirmed, and 73 people have been transported from the site with injuries.

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1:23 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Chemical Plant Explodes in Geismar

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:21 pm

UPDATED 9:22 p.m. CST:

The injured count is up to 77  and a 29-year-old man is dead after a chemical explosion in Geismar, La. Thursday. 

300 people were evacuated from the Williams Olefins plant, which produces over a billion pounds of propylene and ethylene a year for use in the production of other chemical and plastic products. It was propylene that caught fire after the explosion. Ten workers stayed behind to monitor a burn-off.

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5:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Gulf of Mexico Well Evacuated Due to Uncontrolled Gas Flow

The Rowan Cecil Provine rig is en route to the site of the uncontrolled well about 50 miles east of Grand Isle.

This article has been updated.

A natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico, located approximately 50 miles east of Venice, is releasing gas uncontrolled and has been partially evacuated, according to the well's operator and a report today in Fuel Fix, an energy news website operated in part by the Houston Chronicle.

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5:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Could Obama's Gas Policies Bring Jobs to La.?

President Barack Obama touched on the oil and gas industry in his State of the Union. Some of these initiatives may benefit Louisiana’s economy.

First, the President suggested loosening regulation. “My administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits,” Obama said. “That’s got to be a part of an all-of-the-above plan.”

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1:12 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Senators Push Again For Pipeline Permit

On Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved an adjusted route for the Keystone XL Pipeline that avoids that state’s fragile Sand Hills. Soon after, 53 senators – including both from Louisiana – wrote a letter to President Obama supporting the project.

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11:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

$1.3B Natural Gas-to-Gasoline Plant Planned for Lake Charles

G2X Energy Inc. of Houston says it plans a $1.3 billion plant to turn natural gas into gasoline at the Port of Lake Charles.

Louisiana Economic Development said Tuesday it would create 243 jobs averaging $66,500 a year.

They say G2X will lease 200 acres at the Industrial Canal where it can ship gas by pipeline or sea. However, a final decision is waiting on more feasibility analysis.

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2:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

New Iberia Plant Expansion Nears Completion

Omega Natchiq Inc. expects to complete construction of a bigger fabrication facility during February.

Officials of the New Iberia-based oilfield service company tell the Daily Iberian the facility is being built at a cost of about $5 million.

Company President Gary Buchanan says the facility will allow the company to move all of its subsea deepwater fabrication projects — now handled outdoors — into a more protected environment.