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  • Canada refinery suffers major explosion and fire during turnaround

    09 October 2018

    An explosion at the Irving Oil Refinery in St John, New Brunswick, started a major fire on October 8. Local sources said 3,000 people were at the site when the incident happened, mostly contractors working on a turnaround at the facility. The company confirmed that all its workers and contractors were accounted for. ...

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  • OSHA cites Husky Energy subsidiary Superior Refining for April explosion and fire

    08 October 2018

    On October 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it had cited Superior Refining Company LLC - based in Superior, Wisconsin - for failing to control the use and release of highly hazardous chemicals after an explosion and fire on April 26 that injured several employees. The company faces $83,150 in proposed penalties....

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  • Explosion and fire at Indian refinery injure 45

    09 August 2018

    A major fire broke out at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) Mahul refinery in Chembur on August 8, with initial reports claiming 45 workers had been injured, two critically. A BPCL official told local media the fire started due to a blast in the compressor shed of the hydrocracker plant at the refinery....

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  • Hurricane Harvey shuts many Texas oil, gas and chemical operations

    29 August 2017

    Severe weather, heavy rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey have caused widespread refinery and chemical plant shutdowns on the US Gulf Coast, the USA's main downstream hub. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement also said workers had been removed from 86 of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, representing around 22% of the basin’s oil & gas production....

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  • Greens start legal battle with fossil fuel lobbyists over chemical plant safety regulations

    18 April 2017

    According to CNN, the Union for Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and Earthjustice jointly filed a motion on April 13 to intervene in a lawsuit filed by fossil fuel groups in March that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new regulations on chemical plants, introduced in response to the 2013 fertiliser plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 15 and injured more than 160....

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Latest fire at Californian refinery to cause air quality investigation 21 February 2017

A fire broke out at the Torrance refinery in southern California on February 18 causing local authorities to issue a "shelter in place" order, and 67 people complained of respiratory problems to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The agency issued a Notice of Violation to the refinery for causing a public nuisance. No one was injured in the incident and firefighters extinguished the blaze after 30 minutes....

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Damage awards climb towards $30 million for survivors of Williams Olefins plant explosion 18 November 2016

A Louisiana jury has awarded a combined $16.1 million in damages to four workers injured in the explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical facility at Geismar, LA, on June 13, 2013. The massive explosion killed two employees and injured another 167, many seriously. The explosion started a large fire and people two miles away were ordered to shelter in place....

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Fourth person dies after BASF chemical plant blast in Ludwigshafen 31 October 2016

Another firefighter has died after being injured in the October 17 blast at the BASF chemical complex in Ludwigshafen, south west Germany. The explosion and subsequent fire killed two other BASF firefighters as well as a Polish sailor on a nearby tanker ship. The body of the sailor was retrieved by divers from the bottom of the BASF plant harbour where the accident took place....

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CSB says poor safety culture led to fatal explosion in 2013 at Louisiana petrochemical plant 25 October 2016

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report into the 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two employees. The report concludes that process safety management program deficiencies at the Williams Geismar facility during the 12 years leading to the incident allowed a type of heat exchanger called a "reboiler" to be unprotected from overpressure, and ultimately rupture....

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Dust explosion at Korean chemical plant kills one, injures four 19 October 2016

A dust explosion in a silo at the Star Chemical company plant in the city of Gumi in south eastern South Korea left one worker dead and four others injured on October 19, the Yonhap agency reported. A silo containing terephthalic acid powder caught fire while workers were removing the silo's pipes. The chemical is a raw material used in producing polyester, widely used for clothes....

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