Oklahoma business briefs
Williams Olefins faces orders
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued two new compliance orders against a subsidiary of Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. over air and potential water releases stemming from a June 13 fire and explosion at its Ascension Parish facility in Geismar, La. The new compliance order dealing with air quality cites Williams Olefins for at least 39 air permit or reporting violations starting in 2007 and extending to the day after the June blast. Two men were fatally burned, and 114 people were injured. The independent federal agency is one of several state and federal entities probing the fire, the cause of which is unknown. Investigators and the company have focused on the company's shattered propylene fractionator as a possible point of origin. The machinery uses heat to refine polymer-grade propylene used in consumer plastics. The blast occurred as the company was conducting planned maintenance.