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Germany objects to Shell’s UK-approved North Sea decommissioning plans 14 May 2019

According to Energy Voice, the German government has made a formal objection to Shell’s plans to decommission the Brent field in the North Sea. Germany’s environment ministry commissioned a report on the plans from an Aberdeen-based consultancy which has highlighted major issues with Shell’s assessments....

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Chemical explosion at South Korean factory kills one, injures three 14 May 2019

A chemical explosion at a factory that produces mobile phone parts in central South Korea killed one worker and seriously injured three others on May 13, firefighters told the Yonhap news agency. The accident occurred in Jecheon, some 168 kilometres southeast of Seoul, apparently after sodium exploded on the production line....

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Poor maintenance and safety management led to fatal 2017 Texas barge explosion 13 May 2019

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the deadly explosion and fire aboard a barge off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas in 2017 was the result of a lack of effective maintenance and safety management by its owner, the Bouchard Transportation Company....

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Collision in Texas waterway causes significant petroleum product spill 13 May 2019

On May 10, a tanker collided with two barges in the Houston Ship Channel releasing an unknown amount of gasoline reformate into the water. Local authorities said one barge capsized and the other was damaged. Both were carrying about 25,000 barrels of the flammable and toxic product....

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Gas company settles with three Massachusetts towns for $80 million over 2018 explosions 09 May 2019

On May 7, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts said it had reached a settlement with three communities in the state’s Merrimack Valley after explosions and fires ripped through dozens of homes there last year, killing one person and injuring several more.The blasts on September 13 forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. ...

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NOAA publishes data on US oil spills in 2018 07 May 2019

According to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there were 137 oil spills across the USA in 2018, about 11 per month. The adjacent map shows both onshore and offshore spills over the year....

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Mexican military says one killed in attack on naval team patrolling pipeline 07 May 2019

One member of Mexico’s navy was killed and three were injured on May 3 when they came under fire while patrolling a section of state-run oil firm Pemex’s frequently plundered pipelines, the country’s naval secretary said....

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Russian chemical plant explosion kills three 07 May 2019

An explosion killed at least three people and injured another on May 6 in the Uralchem Azot ammonia plant at Berezniki, in the Perm Region of central Russia, according to the Interfax news agency. The explosion occurred during welding work being carried out to repair facilities within the plant, which is owned by the Uralchem combine. ...

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Three killed in Illinois factory blast 07 May 2019

An explosion at AB Specialty Silicones in Waukegan, 40 miles north of Chicago, killed three workers on May 3. A further worker was still unaccounted for two days later. Nine people were in the building at the time of the explosion, a police spokesman said. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi said everyone affected was an employee working at the time....

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Trump administration loosens Obama-era offshore oil and gas safety rules 03 May 2019

On May 2 the US Government made public changes to offshore drilling safety regulations, which had been imposed by the previous administration after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This event killed 11 people and released almost 5 million barrels of oil into the sea, the worst oil spill in American history....

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