Ground Broken For Louisiana Petrochemical Project

Ground has been broken for a $3 billion chemical manufacturing project in Lake Charles, LA.

June 15, 2016

Shale-Driven Chemical Investment Keeps Growing

About 40% of the U.S. chemical industry investment being spurred by the American shale gas revolution is either completed or under way, with another 55% in the planning phase, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

April 7, 2016

Petchem Demand Robust as U.S. Feedstock Cost Advantage Fluctuates

Global ethylene demand will grow by about 90 million tons (60%) over the next 15 years, and “the U.S. Gulf Coast is in pole position for this feedstock-driven capacity growth,” the CEO of a logistics provider to the chemical industry told a Houston audience Wednesday.

March 18, 2016

Shale Gale Still Blows in Petchem Sector as Projects Advance

There might be blood in the shale patch, but downstream there’s cheap fuel and feedstock continuing to support a Gulf Coast petrochemical renaissance that is projected to grow production capacities for ethylene and derivatives substantially in the coming years.

December 18, 2015

Fire Destroys Lubrizol Oilfield Chemistry Facility in Pennsylvania

An oilfield chemistry facility owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Lubrizol Corp. was destroyed by a fire on Tuesday in Southwest Pennsylvania. Eight people, including firefighters and Lubrizol employees, were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

November 18, 2015

Shell Completes Purchase of Possible Cracker Site in Pennsylvania

After more than three years, Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC has completed its purchase of land in western Pennsylvania where it tentatively plans to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker.

June 18, 2015
Shale Gas Could Fuel Plastics Industry Boom During Next Decade

Shale Gas Could Fuel Plastics Industry Boom During Next Decade

The U.S. plastics industry is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, fueled by cheap and abundant shale natural gas that’s made it more competitive with overseas markets, according to a report by economists at the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

May 18, 2015

Interior Unveils Final Rule For Fracking on Public, Tribal Lands

The Department of Interior (DOI) issued its long-awaited rule for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands on Friday. It requires operators to temporarily store produced water in aboveground tanks and disclose most of the chemicals they use to the FracFocus registry.

March 20, 2015

FracFocus to Make Several Improvements This Year

The two organizations that jointly run, the national registry that provides the public with a list of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), said several improvements will be made to the system this year.

February 27, 2015

Louisiana Chosen for Specialty Chemicals Plant

Chemicals producer Stepan Co. is beginning engineering and design work for a potential $60-70 million chemical production facility to be built in Ascension Parish, LA, to take advantage of the Gulf Coast region’s abundance of natural gas and burgeoning chemicals industry.

July 25, 2014