Oilfield company denies assault of workers by toxic release

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An oilfield service company will fight charges that it assaulted workers on a construction crew by exposing them to toxic chemical releases at a facility in Kenai.A statement released Thursday by Houston-based Baker Hughes says the company is committed to safety and the allegations are without merit.The Anchorage Daily News reports an Anchorage grand jury on Tuesday indicted Baker Hughes oilfield companies and a company manager on assault counts.Five workers with a construction crew said they were injured in a chemical release in 2014.The state indictment says that during construction of a new chemical transfer facility, the workers were repeatedly exposed to toxic chemical releases from an existing chemical transfer facility.The Associated Press read more

Volkswagen board backs CEO chairman in markets case

FRANKFURT — The full Volkswagen board of directors has defended CEO Herbert Diess and Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch against charges that the two failed to give investors timely notice of the company’s impending diesel emissions scandal in 2015.In a directors’ statement Wednesday, the full board agreed with the conclusions of the executive committee that Poetsch and Diess did not fail in their duty to keep investors aware of relevant information.The board said Poetsch and Diess would therefore stay in their jobs. Former CEO Martin Winterkorn was also charged in the case.German prosecutors say the executives should have revealed Volkswagen had been caught using software to rig emissions tests before U.S. authorities announced the violation on Sept. 18, 2015.The Associated Press read more

Developing a chemicalbased water treatment for mines

first_imgSiemens Water Technologies and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have signed an exclusive license agreement and a research and development agreement to continue to develop and commercialise a chemical-based technology to more efficiently and cost-effectively remove heavy metals from water and wastewater at mining sites. The system is being designed to occupy a smaller footprint than current remediation treatment systems to reduce capital expense and to operate more efficiently in a wider range of environments.“The Texas A&M University System is a leader in water technology in our agriculture and engineering programs. We are excited to partner with Siemens, a worldwide leader in technology, to commercialise and advance this technology which could have significant benefits to water and wastewater treatment,” said John Sharp, A&M System chancellor.In a single process unaffected by temperature or pH-levels, the technology can remove selenium, mercury, zinc, copper, chromium and other heavy metals as well as metalloids to meet America’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) limits.The technology is based on an Activated Iron ProcessTM for the removal of contaminants from water and wastewater developed by Dr Yongheng Huang, Associate Professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, who recently received the 2013 Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management Medal by the Water Environmental Federation at its Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). Huang is also an AgriLife Research scientist.“AgriLife Research looks forward to further developing and commercialising its novel chemical process and reactor with a world leader such as Siemens Water Technologies,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, AgriLife Research director. “We are confident that our partnership with Siemens will yield environmental and economic benefits across multiple industries.”“Industrial operators are seeking new solutions to meet heavy metal remediation challenges and regulatory requirements,” said Dr Lukas Loeffler, Siemens Water Technologies CEO. “The agreements between AgriLife Research and Siemens Water Technologies will help develop a solution to meet this need and is another example to our commitment to innovation and industry leadership through research and development.”last_img read more