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Australian court blocks new mine project in major blow to coal sector 11 February 2019

Developers have lost a court appeal to build a coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley over its potentially “dire” environmental impact. In the landmark ruling on February 8, a court denied the appeal on the Rocky Hill project in New South Wales state, citing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as uncertain economic benefits and adverse social and visual impacts....

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Gas explosion and blaze on major San Francisco boulevard is latest blow for PG&E 07 February 2019

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) faced up to the latest in a string of safety incidents on February 6 when a leak from a gas pipe ignited on a major thoroughfare in San Francisco causing a large blast and fire that consumed at least five buildings. An evacuation order was imposed for people within a block of the site but there were no reports of casualties....

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Dust explosion kills one, injures three at Belgian joinery plant 07 February 2019

On January 25, NWS reported that a dust explosion at the Pouleyn door and window manufacturing company in Anzegem, Belgium, had killed one person and seriously injured a further three. The victims were employees of a company contracted to clean out a silo containing wood shavings. Two of the injured have critical burn injuries....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Exhibition - REGISTER for FREE TODAY 05 February 2019

The Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The event will be sponsored by PR Electronics & Trolex with many more companies (listed below) confirmed to exhibit. Spaces are now limited, so get in touch soon if you wish to take a stand at the original and longest established specialist hazardous a...

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COGENT Skills to host free workshops at Hazardex & PPTex 2019 04 February 2019

Register to attend the Hazardex & PPTex 2019 exhibition and get the workshop access for free. 08:00 - 09:00 14:00 - 15:00 - On both days 27/2 & 28/2...

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Husky restarts limited production from White Rose oilfield off Newfoundland 04 February 2019

In late January, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board approved Husky Oil's request to restart production at the White Rose oil field off Canada’s Atlantic coast. Operations have been suspended since a November 16 oil spill of an estimated 250,000 litres caused by a faulty flowline connector to the SeaRose FPSO, stationed about 350 kilometres off the coast....

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ExxonMobil settles with Cal/OSHA over 2015 Torrance incident 04 February 2019

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $566,600 in a settlement with California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health for eight safety and workplace violations levied in the wake of the February 2015 fire and explosion that tore through the Torrance refinery in south-west Los Angeles. Cal/OSHA has been negotiating with the group for four years over the violation charges and fines....

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Third explosion in one month at US grain processor injures three 04 February 2019

An explosion and fire on January 31 at the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) soybean processing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, resulted in the hospitalisation of three workers with non-life threatening injuries, fire officials told local media. Earlier in the month a firefighter was killed in a blaze at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, and there was a separate explosion at an ADM corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois. ...

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A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2019 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. **VOTING NOW CLOSED** Winners will be announced at the Hazardex 2019 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 27, 2019. REGISTER FOR FREE TO ATTEND THE EXHIBITION ...

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Thirteen miners killed at Chinese-owned gold mine in Ghana 28 January 2019

The Ghana Mineral Commission has directed Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited to suspend all operations at its Gbane mine site with immediate effect following the death of 13 small-scale miners in a blast on the site. Several other miners have reportedly been injured. Reports indicate that the incident occurred while company workers set off blasting explosives on the site....

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