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Marathon Oil fined over £1 million for North Sea gas release 21 May 2019

An oil firm has been fined £1.16 million - one of the biggest ever fines in a case of its type - over a gas leak in the UK sector of the North Sea. The incident happened on Marathon Oil's Brae Alpha platform, 155 miles north east of Aberdeen, on December 26, 2015. No-one was injured in the incident....

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Portable speakers sold in USA recalled due to explosion risk 20 May 2019

According to the recall announcement by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ION Audio is recalling some of its portable speakers because hydrogen gas can leak from the battery when charging, making them an explosion hazard....

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California regulators report on Aliso Canyon gas leak says lack of maintenance by SoCalGas a major factor 20 May 2019

The four-month leak of gas from the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) gas storage site at Aliso Canyon near Los Angeles was caused by a corroded well casing, according to a report commissioned by the California Public Utilities Commission and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources....

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US Coast Guard says it has contained 14-year-old Gulf of Mexico oil seep 17 May 2019

An ongoing oil spill that has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for more than 14 years is finally being contained, the US Coast Guard announced on May 16. The Taylor Energy platform MC-20 Saratoga was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan on September 15, 2004, and some of its wells have been seeping oil into the Gulf ever since....

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Explosion and fire at Oklahoma paper plant injures five 16 May 2019

The Georgia-Pacific plant in Muskogee, Oklahoma, suffered a fire and explosion on May 14 that injured five people. Initial reports suggested a forklift truck caught fire which the company’s emergency response team attempted to extinguish, but they were evacuated when the vehicle’s propane tank became too hot and exploded. ...

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Balancing safety and network considerations in WirelessHART gas detection systems

This article by Julian Yeo of United Electric Controls addresses recommended practices in implementing fixed-point gas detection across WirelessHART networks, although many of the considerations will apply across other wireless protocols. It approaches the topic through the lens of life safety at two levels — the device and the network. ...

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New real time optical particle counting technology offers step change in mine, quarry and mineral processing site safety

The Air XD from UK detection and electronic systems manufacturer Trolex uses optical particle counting technology to dynamically count and size airborne particulate in real time. This has many advantages over conventional monitoring techniques which typically only give total exposure over a fixed monitoring period after that exposure has occurred. ...

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Russian oil and gas – worth the risk?

According to the news agency reports in late April, pipelines in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland are estimated to contain five million tonnes of contaminated Russian oil. Pipeline operator Transneft said the oil in the Druzhba pipeline network from Russia to customers in Europe was contaminated at a private terminal at Samara in southern central Russia....

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