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Lightning strike at US whiskey warehouse destroys nine million litres 04 July 2019

A fire at the Jim Beam bourbon whiskey warehouse in Versailles, Kentucky, was started by a lightning strike, company owner Beam Suntory said on July 3. Local media said some 45,000 barrels of ageing whiskey were destroyed in the blaze, equivalent to 6.75 million bottles or nine million litres....

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Two killed at Shell Auger platform in Gulf of Mexico 03 July 2019

Two people were killed at Royal Dutch Shell’s Auger Tension Leg Platform in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico on June 30 while testing mandatory safety equipment, the company said. One other non-life-threatening injury was sustained and that individual is being treated at a nearby hospital, Shell said in an emailed statement on July 1....

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LPG tanker blast in Turkish port kills one crewmember, injures 15 02 July 2019

An explosion on an LPG tanker killed an Italian crew member and injured 15 others at the port of Aliaga in Turkey’s western Izmir province on July 1. The vessel was anchored at the Petkim petrochemical plant operated by the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR when the incident occurred....

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Explosion and fire-damaged US refinery complex to close 01 July 2019

On June 26, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) said it would close its South Philadelphia oil refinery complex following the fire and explosions that caused serious damage to the site on June 21. The fire started in a butane vat and was followed by a series of explosions that destroyed at least one key unit at the plant....

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Biotech plant explosion in China kills six 28 June 2019

Six people were killed in an explosion at a biotech plant in central China on June 26. The explosion took place at Xumei Biotech in Weishi, Henan Province, according to the Xinhua news agency. Five others were injured, one critically, the agency added....

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Death toll in DRC Glencore copper mine accident rises to 43 28 June 2019

Mining giant Glencore confirmed that dozens of illegal miners were killed when part of an open-pit copper mine in the Kolwezi area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) collapsed on June 27. Local officials told Reuters the death toll was 43....

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Michigan sues Enbridge to close pipeline through Great Lakes 28 June 2019

The state of Michigan’s Attorney General has sued Enbridge Inc. in order to shut down the company’s Line 5 oil pipeline which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, through the Great Lakes. The lawsuit was filed on June 27 and calls for the twin 66-year old pipelines to be decommissioned due to the potential for catastrophic environmental damage should a leak occur....

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Mossmorran plant investigated for gas leak 28 June 2019

ExxonMobil’s Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was discovered that ethane had been leaking from damaged pipes for a “number of weeks”. The ethylene plant, around 25 miles north of Edinburgh, is jointly operated by Shell and has also been criticised on numerous occasions for excessive flaring....

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Regulator identifies serious breaches of safety regulations on Equinor’s Oseberg A platform 26 June 2019

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), Norway’s oil and gas safety regulatory body, has ordered Equinor to rectify serious breaches of regulations relating to the alarm systems in the control room on the Oseberg A platform in the northern North Sea. This follows an audit of these systems in March 2019....

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Numerous safety deficiencies led to four deaths at DuPont plant in 2014 – CSB 26 June 2019

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final investigation report into a fatal chemical leak which killed four workers in November 2014 at the DuPont Plant in La Porte, Texas. The report, released on June 25, revealed that a number of safety deficiencies led to the release of methyl mercaptan and the subsequent death of four workers....

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