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  • Three missing after explosion on Chinese tanker

    20 March 2017

    On March 19, the Chinese product tanker Xing Long Zhou 569 suffered an explosion and fire about 120 nm southeast of Qingdao in the Yellow Sea, according to Xinhua. The Ministry of Transport Beihai Rescue Bureau dispatched two salvage tugs and a helicopter to the scene, and the first responders rescued 13 out of the tanker's 16 crew members. Three seafarers remain missing, Xinhua said...

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  • Exploding headphone batteries cause scare on Beijing to Melbourne flight

    16 March 2017

    A woman’s headphones caused disruption on a flight to Australia after they exploded when she fell asleep listening to music. The unidentified passenger awoke two hours later when she began to feel a burning sensation on her face, according to a release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). She suffered burns to her face and hands in the incident. ...

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  • Ukraine coal producer idles key coal mines in rebel-held east

    09 March 2017

    Ukrainian coal producer DTEK Energy said on March 9 it had idled its largest mines in territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists due to a blockade on rail traffic on the Ukrainian side of the eastern front line. The blockade by a group of Ukrainian politicians and military veterans has held up industrial shipments from rebel-held areas since early 2017....

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  • Korean contractor takes responsibility for power plant explosion in southern Vietnam

    08 March 2017

    Vietnam's state-owned power provider, EVN said chimney welders caused the explosion that severely injured them both. South Korea’s Doosan, the primary builder of a thermal power plant in the central province of Binh Thuan, has taken full responsibility for the explosion that injured two workers this week, according to Vn Express....

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  • US laboratory invents reusable sponge that could revolutionise oil spill cleanup

    07 March 2017

    When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in US history, those in charge of the recovery discovered a new wrinkle: the millions of gallons of oil bubbling from the sea floor weren’t all collecting on the surface where it could be skimmed or burned. Some of it was forming a plume and drifting through the ocean under the surface....

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Murphy Oil fined C$172,500 after six-week Canada oil pipeline leak 06 March 2017

Murphy Oil has been fined C$172,500 after the Alberta Energy Regulator concluded the Arkansas-based company did not maintain a pipeline that leaked oil for 45 days before it was discovered. From January to March of 2015, about 1.4 million litres of light oil was spilled about 65 kilometres east of Peace River in north western Alberta due to internal corrosion, the regulator announced on February 28....

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Relatives of dead and injured still waiting for compensation seven years after US power plant blast 22 February 2017

An investigation by the Hartford Courant concludes that many of those affected by the February 2010 explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems power station in Middletown, Connecticut, have yet to receive any of their promised compensation. The blast killed six and injured up to 60 others, and the Courant claims 22 people, 17 employees and five spouses, are still waiting for payment.<...

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Oil slick from cargo vessels affects at least 60 km of Tamil Nadu coastline 14 February 2017

On January 28, two cargo ships collided just outside Kamarajar Port off Ennore, northern Chennai, causing a major oil spill. By February 14, oil was reportedly coming onto beaches 60 km south at the heritage and resort town of Mamallapuram, and fishermen have suspended catches because of the effect of the slick on fish stocks....

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Louisiana pipeline blast kills one, injures five 13 February 2017

A fire at the Phillips 66 pipeline near the Williams Discovery natural gas plant in Paradis has been put out, officials said on February 13, days after an explosion injured five workers and left another missing. The missing worker is presumed dead, Phillips 66 said. ...

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Australian government supports public funding for new "clean coal" power stations 07 February 2017

Australia's resources minister Matthew Canavan said the government is considering providing some of the A$5 billion ($3.84 billion) Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to help build new high-efficiency "clean coal" power stations in the country's north, Australian media reported on February 4....

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