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  • Lancashire County Council blocks Cuadrilla fracking application

    29 June 2015

    An application to start fracking at a site in Lancashire, in the north west of England, was rejected by councillors on June 29. Energy firm Cuadrilla wanted to extract shale gas at the Little Plumpton site between Preston and Blackpool. LCC rejected the bid on the grounds of "unacceptable noise impact" and the "adverse urbanising effect on the landscape"....

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  • One killed, hundreds injured in powder explosion at Taiwan water park

    29 June 2015

    Hundreds were injured when fire ripped through crowds at a party at an amusement park outside Taiwan's capital, Taipei. The June 27 incident at the Formosa Water Park is believed to have happened when a coloured powder ignited after being discharged onto the crowd during a concert....

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  • Shell Foundation chairman says sustainable development best served by breakthrough technology and innovation

    26 June 2015

    Speaking as the 2015 recipient of the Energy Institute (EI)'s Cadman Award, Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI, Chairman, Shell Foundation, has called for increased focus on breakthrough technology and business innovations to respond to the challenges of international development, climate change and urbanisation - while meeting the world's growing demand for energy....

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  • China to restart drilling operations off Vietnamese coast

    26 June 2015

    The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) announced on June 25 that the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil drilling rig had been deployed to a site in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. The platform is now located in an area west-northwest of Paracel archipelago and south of the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin, according to the MSA....

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  • Strikes in Norwegian and UK offshore sectors averted

    26 June 2015

    Norwegian offshore oil and gas workers signed a new wage deal on June 25, removing the threat of a strike that could have affected production. Union representatives said all workers would get a minimum 1% wage increase, and some would get more. The Norwegian Shipowners' Association, negotiating on behalf of the employers, confirmed that an agreement has been reached....

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New Alberta government takes action to improve environmental protection 26 June 2015

The left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) government, voted into power last month, has said it will raise the cost of greenhouse-gas emissions for large industrial plants and boost targets for emission cuts. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the new targets would improve Alberta's environmental reputation....

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Families of Manila factory fire victims agree to settlement 24 June 2015

The families of 57 people who died in the Philippines’ worst factory fire have dropped their claims against the company in exchange for a US$3,360 settlement, a company lawyer said on June 23.Relatives of over a dozen other workers who died in the May 13 fire at the two-storey Kentex Manufacturing factory in suburban Manila are expected eventually to agree to a similar figure, according to an AFP report.

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Pemex confirms explosion on oil platform in Gulf of Mexico 23 June 2015

State-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) reported an explosion and  fire on its Akal-H platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the company’s official Twitter account on June 22. Leaking natural gas and oil have been detected at the platform, the company said, but the accident was soon brought under control. No one was injured in the incident, the company said....

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US ethanol facility closed after explosion - two injured 22 June 2015

Two people were injured on June 21 after an explosion at the Poet Biorefining plant near Glenville, Minnesota. The facility was then closed for investigation into the incident, plant General Manager Steve McNinch said in a statement. There is no timeline yet for restarting the plant, which produces about 45 million gallons of ethanol annually....

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Hazardex 2016 International Conference - Call for papers open, act now 22 June 2015

You are invited to contribute to the Hazardex 2016 International Conference which will be taking place in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 24th & 25th February, 2016. Share your technical knowledge and experience by submitting a paper proposal before 2nd October 2015 for consideration by the content committee. ...

Features

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Mapping the risks of Arctic exploration and development

“The Arctic is not a monolithic area and the risk picture varies accordingly. Stakeholders therefore need a sound decision basis for understanding the risks associated with Arctic development and transportation”, says Børre Paaske, project manager at DNV GL – Oil & Gas....

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Developing a bespoke protective garment for the munitions industry

Every day, employees at BAE Systems Munitions facility in South Wales are handling explosive substances that could potentially present a risk of combustion if not handled correctly. This makes safety management a top priority. Employees working at the facility require the highest level of protection. To meet this risk, BAE Systems enlisted the expertise of DuPont to develop a complete protection solution....

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Oil and gas - with us for the foreseeable future

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden gave a defiant performance at the company’s annual shareholders' meeting on May 19 as the oil major’s board was bombarded with questions about plans for Arctic exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska and the risks that climate change poses to its business. ...

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