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California dive boat fire kills at least 25 05 September 2019

The bodies of 25 people have been found after a commercial dive boat caught fire off the Californian coast on September 2. The Conception had been anchored near Santa Cruz Island, about 145km off the coast of Santa Barbara, when the fire broke out....

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Mossmorran chemical plant shut down until November 02 September 2019

ExxonMobil’s Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife, Scotland has been shut down until at least November after its temporary closure on August 12. The plant’s manager, Jacob McAlister, said that the extension of the temporary closure is to make the plant “more reliable” and that it will reopen "at some point during the fourth quarter of the year"....

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UK shale gas reserves at least 80% smaller than thought 02 September 2019

Over the past decade, the UK has tentatively begun to exploit its reserves of shale gas through a process best known as “fracking”. But according to our new research, UK shale gas reserves are substantially lower than previously thought – in fact, the amount of shale gas available may be just one sixth of the current official estimate....

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13 killed in Indian chemical factory explosion 02 September 2019

An explosion at a chemical factory in India has killed 13 people and injured up to 70 others. The explosion happened on August 31 near Dhule in Maharashtra state. Local media reported that a series of explosions occurred at the factory where around 100 employees were thought to have been working....

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Trump administration moves to rescind methane emission limits 30 August 2019

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to scrap Obama-era regulations targeting methane emissions from oil and gas wells. The proposed plan, put forward on August 29, is set to undergo a 60-day period of public comment before being finalised. It would see oil and gas companies police themselves when it comes to preventing methane leaking from wells and pipelines rather than adhering to federal regulations....

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Cracked hull causes oil leak from Brazilian FPSO 29 August 2019

A cracked hull in a Brazilian FPSO, the Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, has caused an oil spill around 130km (81 miles) off the coast of Brazil in the Espadarte oil field in the Campos Basin. Japanese offshore platform operator MODEC, which owns the vessel, informed Brazilian state-led oil company Petrobras of the incident on August 23. The vessel has been evacuated as a precautionary measure....

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Earth tremors shut down UK fracking operation 27 August 2019

Cuadrilla Resources has halted operations at its Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire after a series of seismic events. The shutdown comes less than a week after Cuadrilla started fracking its second well on the site after abandoning the first well following multiple shutdowns due to tremors....

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Drone attack on Saudi oil field sparks fire 23 August 2019

A drone attack launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels caused a fire at a Saudi oil field on August 17. No casualties or disruption to production were reported at the Shaybah oil field which produces around one million barrels of crude oil a day....

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Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft face checks after part is recovered from 2017 engine explosion 22 August 2019

An investigation into a mid-air engine explosion on an Air France A380 in 2017 is now focused on a part showing evidence of metal fatigue recently recovered from the Greenland icecap....

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North Dakota oil spill could be larger than Exxon Valdez event 22 August 2019

The North Dakota Health Department has acknowledged that a 2015 pipeline leak of liquid natural gas is far larger than the initial report of 10 gallons. The environmental blog DeSmog, which uncovered the discrepancy, said that the spill was many orders of magnitude larger....

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