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  • Oil slick from cargo vessels affects at least 60 km of Tamil Nadu coastline

    14 February 2017

    On January 28, two cargo ships collided just outside Kamarajar Port off Ennore, northern Chennai, causing a major oil spill. By February 14, oil was reportedly coming onto beaches 60 km south at the heritage and resort town of Mamallapuram, and fishermen have suspended catches because of the effect of the slick on fish stocks....

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  • Louisiana pipeline blast kills one, injures five

    13 February 2017

    A fire at the Phillips 66 pipeline near the Williams Discovery natural gas plant in Paradis has been put out, officials said on February 13, days after an explosion injured five workers and left another missing. The missing worker is presumed dead, Phillips 66 said. ...

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  • Hazardex 2017 Conference: Process safety; Essential intelligence for 2017 and beyond

    13 February 2017

    The Hazardex 2017 Conference & Exhibition will take place on March 2 & 3 in Runcorn, Cheshire. Lead presentations will include one on UK industry cybersecurity requirements prior to the HSE publishing its operational guidance on cybersecurity, against which it will begin to inspect in 2017-18. This will be presented by the ECI Acting Head of Operations at the HSE and the Safety & Commercial Director at UKPIA. ...

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  • Three missing Chinese mining engineers found dead in Albanian chromium mine

    10 February 2017

    After six days of intensive rescue efforts, the bodies of the three Chinese engineers who had been trapped in a chromium mine in Bulqize following a gas explosion on February 4 have been found by Albanian rescue teams. Albanian President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences, calling upon state institutions to improve the safety of the country’s mines....

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  • Three killed and seven injured in explosion at Louisiana paper mill

    10 February 2017

    Packaging Corp of America said an explosion at its DeRidder, Louisiana, paper mill resulted in the death of three contract workers on February 7, with seven others confirmed injured. The incident occurred while annual repair work was being carried out on piping in the mill area, the company said....

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Australian government supports public funding for new "clean coal" power stations 07 February 2017

Australia's resources minister Matthew Canavan said the government is considering providing some of the A$5 billion ($3.84 billion) Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to help build new high-efficiency "clean coal" power stations in the country's north, Australian media reported on February 4....

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US Republicans move quickly to dismantle Obama energy and environment rules 07 February 2017

On February 3, the Republican-dominated US Senate voted to remove emissions limits on drilling operations, and repealed a securities disclosure rule aimed at curbing corruption at energy and mining companies. These had already been voted on by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and could be signed into law as soon as next week by President Trump....

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One killed in Bangladesh protest against Chinese-backed power plant 07 February 2017

Supporters and opponents of a planned 1,320-MW Chinese-backed coal-fired power station on the coast of Bangladesh were involved in running clashes that resulted in one death and 12 injuries according to local and international media. The plant is expected to begin power generation by the end of 2019 if the construction timetable proceeds as planned....

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Two former Italian railway directors convicted for fatal 2009 train gas explosion 03 February 2017

Two former railway executives have been convicted for the 2009 derailment of a freight train loaded with gas that set off an explosion that destroyed five buildings and killed 32 people in the town of Viareggio. A judge in the Tuscan town of Lucca on January 31 convicted former Italian State Railways (FS) CEO Mauro Moretti and the former chairman of subsidiary RFI, Michele Mario Elia....

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Philippines furniture factory fire injures more than one hundred workers, with six missing 03 February 2017

A major fire at a Philippine factory complex which broke out on February 1 has injured at least 126 workers, according to Cavite province Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla, with a further six unaccounted for. The six hectare site in General Trias town, south of Manila, was still ablaze two days later but firefighters said they hoped to have dowsed the flames by nightfall....

Features

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European oil pipelines increasingly impacted by product theft

Concawe, the European pipeline safety and environmental monitoring organisation, has collected 44 years of spillage data on European cross-country oil pipelines. This article, based on selected sections of Concawe Report 7/16 - 'Statistical Summary of Reported Spillages in 2014', covers the performance of these pipelines in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, and a full historical perspective since 1971. ...

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Vehicles for hazardous areas

With the proliferation of electric vehicles, one area that is seeing particular expansion is that of explosion-proof vehicles are aimed at market segments dealing with potentially hazardous environments such as the chemical and petrochemical industries, oil and gas production sites. In this article, Lamberto Salvan of Italian transport specialist Alkè Electric Vehicles gives an overview of this crucial area....

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Checks and balances

A few weeks after his inauguration, it is clear President Trump has no intention of backpedalling on the pronouncements he made during his election campaign with regard to the energy and environment sectors. As an example, the new administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the main climate change page from its website....

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