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  • Iran fears oil plant fires could be due to hacking

    23 September 2016

    AP says in one of its Big Story reports that a series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking having played a role, with authorities saying that viruses have contaminated equipment at several of the affected complexes. This follows the targeting of the country’s nuclear uranium enrichment facilities by the Stuxnet virus in 2010....

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  • US and Canadian native peoples form alliance to stop oil pipelines

    23 September 2016

    Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on September 22 to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands, claiming that further development would damage the environment. Targets include projects proposed by Kinder Morgan, TransCanada and Enbridge....

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  • ExxonMobil to pay further $12 million in Montana oil spill settlement

    23 September 2016

    US oil major ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $12 million to the state of Montana and the US government to restore natural resources damaged or destroyed by a pipeline break in 2011 that spilled oil into the Yellowstone River, according to a settlement proposed on September 21....

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  • Irish ambulance service orders safety checks after fatal explosion

    23 September 2016

    The National Ambulance Service of Ireland has ordered safety checks on all oxygen containers in vehicles after an explosion in the back of an ambulance on September 22 left a patient dead and two paramedics injured. Three separate investigations are underway into the fatal incident outside Naas General Hospital in Co Kildare....

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  • Greenpeace report claims chemical accidents in China killed 200 in first 8 months of 2016

    22 September 2016

    According to a Greenpeace report quoted by the New York Times, 199 have been killed and a further 400 injured in the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China from January to August 2016. The investigation, which relied on government statistics, found that there were 232 chemical accidents over the period....

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Official blames fish dust for explosion at Alaska seafood plant 22 September 2016

According to Alaska Dispatch News, a seafood processing facility in Dutch Harbor was severely damaged by an explosion on 22 September which a public safety official said was likely caused by the ignition of fine fish-meal dust. There were employees inside the building at the time of the explosion, but no injuries were reported. ...

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Milford Haven refinery to be dismantled and rebuilt outside UK 22 September 2016

Swiss-based engineering group ABB announced on September 22 that it had been awarded a contract to support the dismantling of the former Murco Petroleum 108,000 barrel-per-day capacity refinery in Milford Haven, South Wales. The project started in July 2016 and is planned to be completed in the next two years....

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French team builds revolutionary 100% renewable energy-powered showcase vessel 20 September 2016

A 30-metre catamaran, powered by solar, wind and self-generated hydrogen, will be launched next February to sail around the world as a floating exhibition and clean energy laboratory. The Energy Observer is being built at a St Malo shipyard in western France and aims to circumnavigate the globe using only clean power, a feat similar to Solar Impulse 2's recent solar-powered flight around the world....

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US pipeline leaks 250,000-gallons of gasoline in Alabama nature reserve 19 September 2016

Some 250,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline have leaked into a Shelby County wildlife management area near Helena, Alabama. Colonial Pipeline Co. has taken its pipeline offline while it carries out repairs and remediates environmental damage. The company said on September 16 that the pipeline would not reopen until next week....

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Six killed in NW China factory blast 19 September 2016

Six workers were killed and one is missing after a blast at a chemical plant in northwest China's Qinghai Province on September 18. The explosion occurred in a dust collection device at a cement production line belonging to Qinghai Salt Lake Haina Chemical Company when 26 workers were on site, according to a spokesman of Ganhe Industrial Park where the plant was situated....

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