American CEO faces French lawmakers over chemical plant

Deccan Herald | October 22, 2019

The American head of a chemicals company whose plant in northern France was ravaged by a huge fire last month, spewing a noxious black cloud for miles around, will face two parliamentary commissions on Tuesday seeking answers on the site's security. Eric Schnur, the chief executive of Lubrizol, will appear before Senate and National Assembly commissions as the company begins the delicate task of removing around 160 damaged barrels of chemicals from the site. The blaze at the plant in Rouen on September 26 sent billowing clouds of soot as far as 22 kilometres (14 miles) away, prompting evacuations and school closures over potential health risks. Officials have insisted they will be completely forthcoming on the results of air, soil and water analyses, saying that so far that only limited contaminations have been detected despite the acrid fumes that deposited oily soot across the region. But the government banned the harvesting of crops or the sale of animal products from a wide swathe of tainted countryside, a measure that was fully lifted only last Friday. In total, officials said 5,253 tonnes of chemicals burned at the site, and an additional 4,250 tonnes at a neighbouring storage facility

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The natural gas and oil industry already is and will continue to be a major source of job opportunities. In fact, the industry currently supports more than 10.3 million U.S. jobs, and an IHS report projects 1.9 million direct job opportunities will be available through 2035. Nearly one million of those jobs can be characterized as semi-skilled and skilled craft trades positions. This means that there is a vast opportunity for the industry to attract, retain, and develop lifelong careers for individuals. From attorneys to welders to architects, truck drivers, and accountants, natural gas and oil industry jobs include a wide range of both blue and white collar jobs at every education level.

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