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  • Dust explosions reported in Minnesota and Texas

    21 September 2018

    On September 19, two workers were injured in an apparent dust explosion and fire in Minneapolis, Minnesota, local media reported. The Minneapolis Fire Department said that the explosion occurred in a metal dust collector at the Metal-Matic Inc. facility in the city, and that the victims received significant injuries during the incident....

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  • One killed, dozens injured and hundreds evacuated after string of explosions and fires in north Massachusetts

    14 September 2018

    At least one person has been killed and at least 25 injured after a series of gas explosions in towns north of Boston on the evening of September 13. Officials said many explosions and up to 80 fires broke out in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, thought to have been caused by the overpressurisation of a gas main belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts....

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  • Pennsylvania gas pipeline explosion could have been caused by landslide

    13 September 2018

    Torrential rain and saturated ground likely caused an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline in Western Pennsylvania to slip and explode on September 10, the company said, but the exact cause remained unclear pending an investigation. There were no injuries in the massive explosion, which took place in Center Township, 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh....

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  • Nigeria gas tanker explosion kills dozens

    12 September 2018

    At least 35 died and hundreds were injured after a tanker exploded at a petrol station in northern Nigeria's Nasarawa state, the country's emergency agency said. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said on September 10 the accident happened at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria....

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  • Ten workers injured In Chicago water plant explosion

    31 August 2018

    Two workers were trapped in rubble and eight others injured after an apparent methane explosion caused the roof of a building to collapse at a south Chicago water treatment facility on August 30. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago said the explosion happened in the plant’s sludge concentration building. ...

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South Africa scraps new nuclear plans in favour of renewables 29 August 2018

South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the country’s energy mix in 2030 would see only 4% provided by nuclear, meaning no new build programme is being considered in the next decade. The previous government of President Jacob Zuma had planned an expansion of nuclear from the existing 1,860 megawatts (MW) to more than 9,600 MW in 2030....

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US judge orders review in latest setback for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline project 20 August 2018

A federal judge in Montana has ordered the US State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying the project further. For more than a decade, environmentalists and native American groups have fought the $8-billion 1,900-km pipeline that will carry heavy crude from the Alberta oil sands to southern Nebraska....

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Three missing after explosion on board Indian oil tanker off Oman 15 August 2018

Three sailors are missing and one has suffered burn injuries after a blast on the oil tanker MT Desh Vaibhav on August 14, according to a statement from the vessel’s owner, Shipping Corporation of India. SCI said the vessel was off Oman and bound for Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates when the explosion occurred in one of its cargo tanks....

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Explosion at South Korean coal-fired power plant kills one, injures four 09 August 2018

An explosion at a coal-fired power station in South Korea on August 8 left one worker dead and four others injured, the Yonhap agency reported. The blast occurred at the plant of energy company GS E&R in the city of Pocheon, about 50 km northeast of Seoul. Police believe that combustible dust could have caused the explosion....

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Two dead and up to 70 injured after tanker explodes near airport in Italy 07 August 2018

A huge explosion on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy has killed two people and left at least 70 injured, some with serious burns, police said. The explosion was caused when a road tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas crashed into another truck that had come to a halt in the lane in front of it. ...

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