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West Virginia gas pipeline suffers massive explosion and fire 11 June 2018

A newly installed TransCanada natural gas pipeline exploded on June 7 in the remote Nixon Ridge area of Marshall County in West Virginia. No injuries were reported but flames and smoke from the blast could be seen as far as 20 miles away, residents told local media. Area police told CBS News the fire was very large....

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Utility held responsible for fatal California wildfires 11 June 2018

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a media release on June 8 that an additional 12 of the wildfires that overwhelmed Northern California's wine country last October were due to tree branches touching Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power lines. Two weeks previously, Cal Fire said PG&E had been responsible for three of the other wildfires that swept across the region. ...

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Europe's largest bank announces ban on unsustainable energy investments 23 April 2018

London-based HSBC, whose global assets total more than $2 trillion, announced on April 20 that it will no longer finance new coal-fired power plants (with a few targeted exceptions), Arctic drilling or new oilsands projects, including pipelines....

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Southwest Airlines B737 engine explosion linked to fan blade fatigue 19 April 2018

An engine explosion on a Boeing 737 flying from New York to Dallas on April 17 killed a passenger when shrapnel from the blast penetrated the fuselage. Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, with 149 people on board, was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia....

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Canadian Government ready to offer aid to ensure Trans Mountain pipeline capacity is expanded 16 April 2018

On April 15, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has the authority to ensure the new Trans Mountain oil pipeline is built and will take the financial and legislative actions needed to make it happen. This follows pipeline operator Kinder Morgan saying it would pull out of the project unless it received concrete assurances before May 31 that the expanded line would get built....

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Indian utility updates safety rules following fatal explosion 12 April 2018

On November 1, 2017, the explosion of a boiler and subsequent fire at the Unchahar power plant in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh killed 45 workers and injured many more. Following this incident, plant operator NTPC has introduced strict new regulations and training programmes to ensure a similar incident does not happen again....

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Russian shipyard blast kills one, injures nine 11 April 2018

One worker lost his life and nine others were injured in an explosion at the Russian Almaz shipbuilding yard on April 11, Sputnik reported, citing a statement from local authorities. According to the report, the explosion occurred inside a research ship which was undergoing repairs at the St. Petersburg-based yard....

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Family of Texas girl killed in explosion sue gas company 03 April 2018

The family of the girl who was killed in an explosion at her home in northwest Dallas in February has filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit against Atmos Energy, the utility supplying natural gas to the neighbourhood. The suit claims that gas leaks from the company’s pipeline network caused the explosion, and that Atmos knew the system was dangerous....

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UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2017 for fifth year 29 March 2018

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3% last year as renewable power output rose and coal-fired power generation fell. In the fifth yearly decline in a row, output fell to 456m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), down from 468m tonnes of CO2e in 2016, according to data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)....

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Italy port explosion kills two 28 March 2018

Two people were killed on March 28 when a product tank exploded at the Neri terminal in Livorno, one of Italy’s biggest passenger and commercial ports. The two had been carrying out maintenance on the storage tank when the blast occurred, a port authority official said....

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