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Project will pinpoint methane ‘super emitters’ 04 June 2019

The US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been awarded $6 million by the state of California to find “super emitters” of methane in an effort to quantify and potentially mitigate methane emissions....

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New study finds that complex geology contributed to Deepwater Horizon disaster 04 June 2019

A recent University of Texas at Austin study has become the first to be published in a scientific journal to take an in-depth look at the challenging geologic conditions faced by the crew of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the role those conditions played in the 2010 disaster....

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The future of offshore wind farm inspection and repair 04 June 2019

A new £4 million cross-sector innovation project is set to develop the world’s first fully autonomous robotic inspection and repair solution for offshore wind farms. The project is expected to save the average wind farm approximately £26 million over the course of its lifetime....

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Canadian province oil and gas regulator restricts fracking following earthquakes 03 June 2019

The Alberta Energy Regulator has said it will restrict oilfield fracking activity near the Brazeau Reservoir in east central Alberta as a precaution following a 4.3 magnitude earthquake south of the area in March. The regulator has prohibited hydraulic fracturing operations targeting the Duvernay underground formation or deeper within five kilometres of the Brazeau dam infrastructure....

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One dead, 14 injured in Spanish ammonia tank explosion 03 June 2019

One worker was killed on May 31 when a 20,000 litre ammonia tank exploded at a factory near the city of Tarragona in north eastern Spain. Another 14 were injured, including one who is in critical condition and was taken by helicopter to a Barcelona hospital. Three of the injured were firefighters....

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Blast at Russian explosives plant injures 116 people 03 June 2019

A series of explosions and subsequent fires at a Russian explosives plant have injured at least 116 people in the Central Russian city of Dzerzhinsk, according to the Russian news agency, Tass. The blasts occurred on June 1 and damaged around 180 buildings in the surrounding area....

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Gas leak on cargo ship leaves 10 dead, 19 injured in China 28 May 2019

A carbon dioxide leak on board a Chinese cargo ship, the Jin Hai Xiang, has killed 10 workers and left 19 injured. The incident occurred while the ship was undergoing maintenance work at Longyan Port in Weihai, Shandong Province, Eastern China on May 26....

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US threatens to impose sanctions on companies involved in Nord Stream 2 pipeline project 22 May 2019

According to Reuters, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on May 21 in Kiev that a sanctions bill putting onerous restrictions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project would come in the “not too distant future”. The project involves the construction of a large volume gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany....

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Latest earthquake in Netherlands could lead to earlier than planned gas production shutdown 22 May 2019

The province of Groningen in The Netherlands was hit by a significant earthquake in the early hours of May 22, thought to have been caused by ground settlement following the extraction of natural gas. The quake measured 3.4 on the Richter scale, making it the third strongest in the province in recent years. ...

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Environmental group calls for global chemical firms to stop exporting safety risks to China 22 May 2019

Following the chemical explosion in eastern China in March that killed at least 78 and injured 600, a prominent Chinese environmental group has called on chemicals multinationals to stop cutting corners by outsourcing business to Chinese suppliers that violate safety regulations. ...

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