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  • California Governor declares Santa Barbara oil spill an emergency

    22 May 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Santa Barbara County on May 20 after thousands of gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline into the Pacific Ocean, polluting beaches and endangering wildlife. The worst affected areas are the Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches. ...

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  • UK coal-fired power station to close five years early

    20 May 2015

    The Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire will close by March 2016, UK energy utility SSE announced on May 20. The utility said the coal-fired plant was no longer economical, and that it would redeploy the 176 staff at the plant where possible. SSE said rising costs, the impact of environmental legislation and a forecast £100m loss over the next five years made the Ferrybridge site "unsustainable"....

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  • Exploding airbags lead to largest ever car recall

    20 May 2015

    Thirty-three million potentially defective airbags are being recalled in most widespread car and truck safety alert in world history. This is double the number originally involved in the recall, and comes after US regulators put pressure on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. to extend the scope of its original recall operation....

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  • Working co-operatively and learning from others is key to improving UK oil and gas industry efficiency

    19 May 2015

    Ardent co-operation across the UK oil and gas industry which draws on the experience of others is important in helping to contain inflationary pressures and achieve a sustainable future for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), a London audience heard on May 19 at an Oil & Gas UK briefing, sponsored by Costain Upstream Ltd and Herbert Smith Freehills....

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  • Carbon disulfide leak kills eight at Chinese factory

    19 May 2015

    A leak at a chemical factory in China’s northern Shanxi province killed at least eight people on May 16, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Another two people were hospitalised after the carbon disulfide leak at the Shanxi Yangcheng Ruixing Chemical Co....

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Chemical and pharmaceutical businesses show confidence in the UK, but warn of challenges 19 May 2015

Most companies in Britain’s £50 billion chemical and pharmaceutical industry predict they will increase sales and exports in the next 12 months. The latest survey from the industry’s trade body, the Chemical Industries Association, shows a confident picture for the rest of 2015 and beyond. Nearly 60% of companies expect sales and export growth, while almost 50% of businesses will increase capital expenditure and grow employment numbers....

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UK's new Secretary of State for Energy supports green energy, fracking 19 May 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Amber Rudd MP as the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. The former Climate Change Minister was recently re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Hastings & Rye in Sussex. Rudd was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in 2012. Before parliament, she pursued a career in investment banking and venture capital....

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UK company fined after teenage trainee engineer lost his life 18 May 2015

Grundfos Pumps Ltd, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, pleaded guilty to safety failings after a trainee engineer lost his life. On 30 March 2009, 19-year-old trainee design engineer came into contact with a live 3 phase electrical system and died from his injuries. He was carrying out electrical testing work at the Grundfos Pumps Ltd factory in Windsor and was working unsupervised whilst testing a live electrical control panel....

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NASCAR to introduce new safety changes after pit fire 18 May 2015

Three weeks after three crew members were injured in a pit-road fire at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia, NASCAR will implement safety changes starting on June 1, according to Fox Sports. The sanctioning body has sent an email to teams issuing the new safety rules, which stipulate pit crews wearing fire-proofing clothing during races....

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Los Angeles manhole explosion injures three 18 May 2015

On May 15, an underground electrical vault explosion in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge launched a steel manhole cover into a car, injuring three people, city officials reported. Local media quoted a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman as saying that pressure from the underground explosion blew the manhole cover into the air....

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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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