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Braskem approves $675M La Porte plant

Braskem formally approved building a new $675 million polypropylene plant in La Porte, Texas, which will produce nearly 500,000 tons of polypropylene a year.

The Brazilian thermoplastics producer’s North American base is in Philadelphia, but they chose the 200-acre site next to Braskem’s current La Porte production facilities. Braskem chose the La Porte site […]

By |June 27th, 2017|La Porte News|0 Comments

Wrong-way driver causes crash

An overnight crash on the Fred Hartman Bridge was the result of a wrong-way driver; several lanes were shut down as a result of the accident.

Around 12:30 a.m. La Porte police said they received reports of a wrong-way driver on the bridge.

All lanes of the bridge were shut down for nearly an hour, […]

By |June 20th, 2017|Car Accidents, La Porte News|0 Comments

Huge hole in ship’s hull forces closure of Battleship Texas

A serious leak in the Battleship Texas had workers scrambling to keep the ship from sinking yesterday.

The ship manager said that the ship had been taking in water through a 6 by 8 inch hole in the ship’s hull and was forced to close for repairs.

Workers said that the ship tilted six degrees […]

By |June 13th, 2017|La Porte News|Comments Off on Huge hole in ship’s hull forces closure of Battleship Texas

Viral photo of man on motorcycle with baby leads to arrest

A Facebook photo of a Deer Park man on a motorcycle with a baby has led to his arrest. The man has been charged with child abandonment and endangerment by the Deer Park Police Department.

Both the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Deer Park Police Department received numerous complaints and calls regarding the man and […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Deer Park News|Comments Off on Viral photo of man on motorcycle with baby leads to arrest

MRC Global consolidating locations to La Porte

Products and services distributor MRC Global is opening a new regional distribution center and operational hub in La Porte. MRC is relocating operations at Galena Park, Darien Street in Houston, and two other satellite locations to the new center, located at the Port Crossing Commerce Center.

The consolidation is an effort to centralize operations closer […]

By |May 30th, 2017|Houston News|Comments Off on MRC Global consolidating locations to La Porte

Deer Park facility reaches pollution agreement

Vopak North America and regulatory agencies came to an agreement to strengthen air pollution controls at the company’s chemical storage and wastewater treatment facility in Deer Park.

Alleged Clean Air Act violations at the Deer Park facility led to the agreement, which is meant to improve Vopak’s compliance with state and federal laws. The EPA, Justice […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Chemical Plant Accidents, Deer Park News|Comments Off on Deer Park facility reaches pollution agreement

LyondellBasell expands in La Porte

LyondellBasell began construction on a $700 million dollar plant in La Porte.

The new plant is expected to come online in 2019 and will produce a more durable and environmentally friendly variety of polyethylene.

Exxon Mobil, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Dow Chemical are also building plants in the Houston area.

Texas’ shale natural gas access spurred […]

By |May 16th, 2017|Houston News|Comments Off on LyondellBasell expands in La Porte

Attempted hit-and-run injures Pasadena child

A driver crashed into several vehicles parked at a Pasadena household around 3:30 a.m. April 26. The impact caused a chain-reaction that pushed one of the parked cars through the garage door and into the house where it injured a 4-year-old sleeping in an adjacent room.

The driver attempted to flee the scene. Awakened by […]

By |May 2nd, 2017|Auto Accidents, Car Accidents, Pasadena Texas News, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Attempted hit-and-run injures Pasadena child

Truck driver dies at Port of Houston near La Porte

A crane struck and killed a truck driver at the Port of Houston Barbours Cut container terminal facility.

The truck driver was struck Thursday afternoon by a rubber-tired gantry crane. Gantry cranes are used in a range of marine applications, from ship-to-shore container transfer or moving containers throughout a port facility. The crane in this case was […]

By |April 25th, 2017|Houston News, Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents, Workplace Injuries|Comments Off on Truck driver dies at Port of Houston near La Porte

Pasadena EDC seeks reboot

A payment hold stalled millions of dollars’ worth of projects in Pasadena earlier this year when the city’s economic development corporation’s board member terms expired. New leadership aims to get the organization back on track.

The EDC, known as Pasadena Second Century, has been a contentious issue for Pasadena City Council during an overall rocky year for […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Houston News, Pasadena Texas News|Comments Off on Pasadena EDC seeks reboot