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  • US grain dust explosion injures seven

    14 August 2014

    According to the Columbus Dispatch, seven people were injured in an explosion on August 13 at an Ohio grain facility. Five employees and two state grain graders were at the Coshocton Grain facility in central Ohio when a suspected dust explosion took place as rail cars were being filled with corn....

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  • UK business lobby group says EU energy rules destroying jobs

    14 August 2014

    European Union energy rules have played a growing role in 'destroying British jobs', an independent UK business campaign group claims. According to a report by Business for Britain entitled Energy policy and the EU - How a better deal could bring down the cost of energy and save jobs, rising energy costs threaten 1.5 million jobs in the energy intensive sector, with 363,000 being at high risk....

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  • Eight injured in Poland ammonia plant blast

    13 August 2014

    ZAK said the situation "is under control", with hydrogen being flared. The incident was believed to have been caused by a pipe leakage, according to a company spokesman. A hydrogen explosion at Poland’s Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) led to eight injuries and forced the company's ammonia unit to shut down, the company said on August 13....

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  • Thai tourist association sues for oil spill damages

    13 August 2014

    According to The Nation, a Thai tourist association has started a Bt1 billion ($31m) lawsuit against PTT Global Chemical for damages caused by the 50,000 litres of oil that leaked from a subsidiary’s pipeline off Raphong province in July last year. The oil spill reached Ao Phrao on the island of Koh Samet days later. ...

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  • Hazardex in the Regions 2014-15: UK & Europe: More papers released - Book your delegate places now

    13 August 2014

    Hazardex in the Regions conference & exhibitions are to run again in 2014 & 2015. Dates/locations so far include: Aberdeen 08/10/14 Central London 26/11/14 Swansea 28/01/15 Ellesmere Port 25/02/15 Rotterdam 25/03/15 ...

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UK opinion polls show contradictory results on support for fracking 12 August 2014

A survey conducted by the research group Populus for industry body UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) has found that 57% of Britons are in favour of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), as long as it forms part of a wider energy mix that includes the use of renewables....

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UK HSE consultation on EU Offshore Safety Directive 12 August 2014

The public consultation on the Offshore Safety Directive began on July 28.  As the Directive contains requirements relating to licensing, safety and environmental protection and emergency response, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Health and Safety Executive are jointly leading the implementation ...

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Canadian court approves C$23M settlement in Sunrise Propane explosion lawsuit 12 August 2014

On August 7 an Ontario superior court judge approved a C$23-million settlement for a class-action lawsuit launched by residents in the Toronto suburb of North York who were affected by the 2008 Sunrise Propane explosion. About 6,500 people will share in the settlement.  After six years of legal work, a deal was reached last month to avoid lengthy litigation. ...

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Oil leak causes shutdown at Belgian nuclear power station 11 August 2014

Belgian energy company Electrabel, part of the French GDF Suez group, said it had shut down its Doel 4 nuclear reactor after a lubricant leak, thought to have been caused by  a worker leaving open a valve. FANC, the country’s nuclear regulator, said the incident had no impact on the safety of workers or the public....

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Chevron Pennsylvania shale well explosion probably caused by human error 11 August 2014

Human error by an inexperienced natural gas well worker probably led to a February explosion that caused a fatal fire on a Marcellus Shale well site in Greene County, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said. The findings were part of a DEP report released on August 6 following a month-long investigation of the incident on the Chevron well site in Dunkard that resulted in the death of a field service technician....

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Improving environmental safety through responsible monitoring

The escape of chemical pollutants into the environment either by air or water can pose a major environmental risk, not just on an industrial site but also to the surrounding area. For this reason, sites need to be carefully monitored so that emissions are accurately measured not only at known points of discharge, such as stacks and drainpipes, but also any other areas where there is a possibility of leakage. This article from ABB looks at some of the issues that need to be considered....

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A new enhanced oil recovery concept: wind powered water injection

DNV GL is proposing a new concept that combines mature water injection technology with the newest developments in offshore wind power to achieve more cost effective Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Initial studies show it will reduce the cost of water injection, avoid costly topside modifications and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

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Problems at US pilot facility highlight challenges facing underground nuclear waste disposal

A serious accident in February 2014 at the United States’ only deep storage repository for nuclear waste has still to be satisfactorily explained. Five months later, scientists still do not know what caused the explosion of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico....

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