Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident.
There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week.
This is not unusual.
Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead.
Initial reports put the fatalities as high as 15, but later in the day, authorities backed away from any estimate and refused to elaborate. More than 160 people were hurt.
A $1 million state grant has been pledged to a New York company seeking to convert wasted natural gas into much-needed farm fertilizer by using portable plants that can be moved from well to well throughout North Dakota’s Oil Patch.
By James MacPherson, Associated Press
, November 29, 2012
The proposed $1.2 billion Spiritwood Nitrogen Project by CHS Inc. — expected to be completed by the second half of 2016 — would be one of the largest projects in state history, as referenced by the recent announcement of the proposed fertilizer plant by Gov. Jack Dalrymple and CHS officials.
Plans for a $1.2 billion fertilizer manufacturing plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park in Spiritwood, N.D., were announced by Gov. Jack Dalrymple and leaders of the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative on Wednesday.
A New York company is asking North Dakota regulators for $1 million to help build a mobile plant that would convert natural gas that’s normally burned off as a byproduct of oil production into farm fertilizer.
The request from N-Flex LLC will be considered Monday by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, a panel of top state officials. Company founder Neil Cohn said the state grant would cover about a quarter of the cost of a pilot program to build A plant that could be moved between oils wells in western North Dakota.
By James MacPherson , Associated Press
, August 16, 2012
To keep a healthy lawn, give it some fertilizer. There are several excellent commercial fertilizers out there. You do not need much.
It is good to apply the fertilizer on the holiday schedule. In other words, apply the fertilizer around Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Before the snow starts to fly in October, put on a slow-release fertilizer so your lawn will take off in the early spring (when we have enough heat units).
Lance Brower, NDSU Extension Service
, April 28, 2010
The latest weekly crop report for North Dakota says farmers saw six days of ideal weather last week.
The report released Monday by a state office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said warm, dry conditions were ideal for fieldwork and enabled producers to make significant progress in planting.
The production workers at a new Cottage Grove business are spineless, slimy and they don’t mind getting dirty.
Owners Nick Johnson and Adam Kraemer estimate they’ve got a couple hundred thousand worms creating organic fertilizer for them in their grandparents’ old horse barn in rural Cottage Grove.
By Patricia Drey Busse, Forum Communications Co.
, April 14, 2010
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