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  • Two crew killed in explosion on bulk coal carrier in North Atlantic

    25 April 2017

    Two crew members are dead and three more have serious burn injuries after an explosion on a coal cargo ship in the North Atlantic Ocean. The captain of the Tamar, a 623-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, reported an explosion in the forward storeroom on April 24, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said in a statement....

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  • US researchers develop coatings to prevent pipeline hydrate clogging

    18 April 2017

    Researchers at MIT have developed a coating that could stop the buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow, according to a press release from the US university. These hydrates are potentially explosive and are largely responsible for the initial failure to contain the oil spill that rocked the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. ...

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  • Dakota Access Pipeline to go into service on May 14

    18 April 2017

    The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs from western North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, will begin interstate crude oil delivery on May 14, according to a filing with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Operator Energy Transfer Partners LP. ...

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  • Regulator to increase annual checks on Alberta pipeline operators

    03 April 2017

    Alberta's energy watchdog said it would step up scrutiny of pipeline operators in the province with a greater number of reviews of their ability to detect and prevent spills. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said on March 31 it planned to review the pipeline safety systems of around 20 operators each year, up from the six or so it has checked annually in the past....

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  • Manhole fires cause damage in downtown New York City

    03 April 2017

    Three manhole fires near Union Square in New York City damaged nearby buildings on March 31, fire officials said. The FDNY received calls about manhole fires along 12th Street from 5:30 a.m. and a loud explosion was heard shortly before 8 a.m., when the manhole on Broadway and 12th Street exploded....

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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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