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  • UK driller claims latest oil discovery is part of largest undeveloped field under UK Continental Shelf

    28 March 2017

    UK-based Hurricane Energy has made a significant oil discovery west of the Shetland Islands days after Royal Dutch Shell and BP won exploration licences in an area the UK is counting on to breathe new life into its struggling oil and gas industry. This latest find adds confidence to  Hurricane's claim that this it is likely to be the biggest new oil discovery beneath UK waters this century....

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  • Fire, blasts at Indian ordnance factory injure six

    27 March 2017

    Explosions and a massive fire took hold of sections of Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, on March 25, just one day after explosions rocked another ammunition factory at Itarsi in the same state. The ANI news agency said six had been injured in the incident at the 50 acre site, which is 320 kms east of Bhopal....

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  • Two people seriously injured in suspected UK gas blast

    27 March 2017

    Two people have been seriously injured and 30 others are in hospital after a building collapsed following a suspected gas explosion in Bebington, Merseyside, on the night of March 25. Fifteen people were taken to hospital by paramedics, while a further 15 took themselves to hospital, the ambulance service said. The two seriously injured people are being cared for at Aintree University hospital....

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  • St Lucia quarry explosion kills four

    24 March 2017

    An explosion on the Caribbean island of St Lucia killed four and injured at least 20, with four of the worst affected airlifted to the neighbouring French island of Martinique. Three doctors from Martinique are also at the Victoria Hospital in St Lucia to assist. The explosion occurred at Farrand Quarry, operated by Rayneau Construction, in Cul de Sac, Castries....

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  • Ukraine ammunition storage facility fire causes evacuation of 20,000

    24 March 2017

    Around 20,000 people have been evacuated from the area around the Balakliia ammunition storage facility in the eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine after it caught fire on the morning of March 23. Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak accused the Russian military or its separatist rebel proxies of setting off the fire, possibly via a drone attack....

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One arrested after fatal Cambodia garment factory explosion 23 March 2017

Following the deadly explosion on March 22 at Levi’s supplier Zhen Tai Garment factory in Phnom Penh, authorities yesterday arrested a factory employee for alleged negligence. The blast, which occurred in an industrial boiler and sent large pieces of debris flying for some 100 metres, killed one and injured seven others....

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World coal plant construction fell significantly in 2016, according to environmental groups 22 March 2017

Construction of new coal plants fell sharply last year according to a report published on March 22 by environmental groups Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, and research company CoalSwarm. The report claims that 2016 saw a 48% drop in pre-construction activity, a 62% drop in construction starts, a 19% drop in ongoing construction, and a 29% drop in completed projects....

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Proposed US budget targets EPA, regulation and environment initiatives 21 March 2017

On March 16, President Donald Trump's administration published its budget plans, which involve reducing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31% and eliminating 3,200 of its employees (19% of the workforce). Other major themes include reducing funding for enforcing regulations, water and air pollution clean-up initiatives, toxic waste site remediation and promoting energy-efficient appliances....

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Three missing after explosion on Chinese tanker 20 March 2017

On March 19, the Chinese product tanker Xing Long Zhou 569 suffered an explosion and fire about 120 nm southeast of Qingdao in the Yellow Sea, according to Xinhua. The Ministry of Transport Beihai Rescue Bureau dispatched two salvage tugs and a helicopter to the scene, and the first responders rescued 13 out of the tanker's 16 crew members. Three seafarers remain missing, Xinhua said...

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US pipeline regulator orders action over leaking Alaska gas pipeline 20 March 2017

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a proposed order that operator Hilcorp fix a leaking gas pipeline in the Cook Inlet off Nikiski in Alaska by May 1 or shut it down. The PHMSA also ordered the company to conduct inspections of a "substantially similar" underwater pipeline that carries crude oil to shore from two offshore production platforms. ...

Features

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Making the choice – Which Safety Control Standard?

In this article, Stewart Robinson of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at the two different standards for safety related controls, EN 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1 and advises on which should be applied in a particular application....

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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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Trump budget would eliminate US Chemical Safety Board

The Trump administration's budget blueprint would scrap the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency that investigates major chemical and oil industry incidents. The CSB has no regulatory power but is influential because its recommendations are often adopted by industry and government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)....

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