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  • No criminal charges to be brought after fatal Florida jail explosion

    21 November 2014

    A grand jury in Miami has concluded that there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges over the April 30 explosion at a Florida jail that killed two inmates and seriously injured a guard. More than 180 others were injured in the blast, which was caused by a spark from an unknown source that ignited natural gas, according to a report by the State Attorney's Office....

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  • Explosion on Gulf of Mexico rig kills one, injures three

    21 November 2014

    An explosion on Fieldwood Energy's Echo platform in the Gulf of Mexico on November 20 killed one person and injured three others, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the US offshore safety agency. The explosion occurred in 220 feet of water in the West Delta field, about 12 miles (19 km) off the coast of New Orleans....

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  • Expert claims financial problems at reactor supplier could scupper Hinkley Point C project

    20 November 2014

    A deal to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset may not go ahead, an expert has claimed. EDF Energy is due to build the £25bn plant, which would be the first in the UK in almost 20 years. Steve Thomas, professor of energy policy at the University of Greenwich, said: "The project is at very serious risk of collapse at the moment." ...

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  • INEOS moves to become biggest player in UK shale gas industry

    20 November 2014

    On November 20, Swiss-based chemical giant INEOS announced it was planning to invest $1 billion (£640 million) in UK shale gas exploration and appraisal over a period of four to five years. INEOS chairman Jim Ratcliffe said substantial further investment would follow if the company subsequently moved into development and production. ...

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  • Hazardex London Process Safety conference 26/11/14: 2-FOR-1 OFFER

    18 November 2014

    CONTACT US NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2-FOR-1 DELEGATE PLACES. Process safety engineers, EPC's and consultants. Hazardous area safety conference alongside the exhibition which is free to attend.  Why not register to visit ...

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Chemical leak at DuPont plant in Texas kills four 17 November 2014

Workers investigating a valve leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, Texas, were overcome by a poisonous gas and four were confirmed dead on November 15. A fifth worker was hospitalised and later released. DuPont said the leak posed no danger to the community outside the plant, and that it is cooperating with authorities while conducting its own investigation....

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Two die in US fracking incidents 14 November 2014

Fracking sites claimed two lives in Ohio and Colorado last week, the latest in a string of casualties at shale gas and oil wells over the last six months. An electrical contractor working at a fracking site in Noble County, Ohio, died in an explosion on November 12 at a site operated by Blue Racer Midstream....

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Massive Siberian sinkhole could have been caused by methane explosion 14 November 2014

Russian investigators are currently investigating a hole in the ground on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia that is 60 metres across and 70 metres deep, with an icy lake at the bottom. It was spotted from a helicopter earlier this year, and a spokesman from the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Yamal branch said it was not the result of a meteorite, but he could not at this stage provide any other definite cause....

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CEO of company responsible for fatal West Virginia mine blast could face 31-year prison term 14 November 2014

On November 13 the former CEO of the company operating the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, the site of an explosion in 2010 that killed 29 people, was indicted on federal charges relating to a mine safety investigation that followed the blast. In a statement issued by his office, US attorney Booth Goodwin said the four counts carry a maximum combined penalty of 31 years in prison....

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UK refinery workers strike over safety concerns 13 November 2014

On November 13 striking workers returned to work at a North Lincolnshire oil refinery after three days of industrial action. Around 450 contract employees walked out of the Humber Refinery in South Killingholme on November 10 claiming safety concerns. Their action followed a gas leak the previous week in which two people were taken to hospital....

Features

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Grain dust explosions: risks, standards and protection

This article from Italian safety equipment manufacturer Cortem looks into the explosion risks inherent in storing grain and other fine particle food products, the safety standards that apply to the sector and the types of equipment suitable for different zones....

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Gas sampling for cattle methane emissions

Researchers in Denmark have measured the quantities of greenhouse gases in the breath of dairy cows and demonstrated a heritable variability between individual animals.  “This means that we have an opportunity to select for breeding those individuals which will produce offspring that generate less methane,” says Dr Jan Lassen who led the research project on individual methane measurements from dairy cows at Aarhus University in Denmark....

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UK nuclear and renewables problems point to long-term energy insecurity

The UK’s proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been opposed by environmental groups and campaigners who consider the billions to be paid to underwrite the construction of the plant and pay for the electricity generated will be a colossal waste of money....

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