Company officials, local leaders discuss importance of ExxonMobil Beaumont polyethylene plant expansion to local economy, global demand

A project to expand ExxonMobil’s Beaumont polyethylene plant is right on track, according to the company, and should allow it to remain a global leader in the manufacturing of plastic products.
The BPEX project, which was announced in November 2016, will increase capacity by 65 percent – or approximately 716,502 tons per year. The plant is already at about 1.1 million tons of production a year. Completion is anticipated in 2019.

Scientists from around the world converge at Lamar to tackle CO2 emission problems

Ten nations were represented at the second International Workshop on Offshore Geologic CO2 Storage held June 19-21 at Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE).
The workshop, hosted by Lamar University and University of Texas Geosciences, included sessions on finding offshore storage, environmental and overburden monitoring, offshore assessment and more.

Sea Rim State Park attendance up

Sea Rim State Park attendance is up, and officials have a summer program schedule that includes lessons on fishing, crabbing and learning more about the critters that call it home.
In addition to the park’s 5 miles of natural beach and marsh unit paddling trails, the programs draw visitors with families seeking to know more about the upper Gulf Coast.
Visitor numbers have increased 8.8 percent over this period last year, Nathan Londenberg, park superintendent, reports.

USCG Capt. Randal Ogrydziak retires after 38 years of service

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur received a new commander and captain of the port during a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday, June 20, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont.
Capt. Randal Ogrydziak has served as the commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur since July 14, 2014, and will be entering retirement after 38 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard.