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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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  • One killed in Bangladesh protest against Chinese-backed power plant

    07 February 2017

    Supporters and opponents of a planned 1,320-MW Chinese-backed coal-fired power station on the coast of Bangladesh were involved in running clashes that resulted in one death and 12 injuries according to local and international media. The plant is expected to begin power generation by the end of 2019 if the construction timetable proceeds as planned....

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  • Two former Italian railway directors convicted for fatal 2009 train gas explosion

    03 February 2017

    Two former railway executives have been convicted for the 2009 derailment of a freight train loaded with gas that set off an explosion that destroyed five buildings and killed 32 people in the town of Viareggio. A judge in the Tuscan town of Lucca on January 31 convicted former Italian State Railways (FS) CEO Mauro Moretti and the former chairman of subsidiary RFI, Michele Mario Elia....

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PG&E managers to complete community service in unusual punishment for 2010 San Bruno explosion 27 January 2017

A federal judge in San Francisco has imposed an unusual sentence on California’s largest utility for its involvement in the September 2010 San Bruno incident, where a major gas pipeline explosion killed eight and injured a further 58. Utility staff, including top executives, will carry out 10,000 hours of community service and the utility will serve five years’ probation....

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President Trump signs orders to expedite Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines 25 January 2017

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on January 24 to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline projects. Keystone XL was scrapped in 2015 by former President Barack Obama and the US Army Corps of Engineers had withdrawn permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to follow its originally planned route in the face of fierce opposition from Native American tribes....

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Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 litres on native land 23 January 2017

A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 litres (52,834 gallons) of oil in a first nation community, the provincial government said on Monday. The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 litres have since been recovered according to the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan....

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SpaceX returns to orbit after successful launch 16 January 2017

A SpaceX Falcon rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 16, the first since a launch pad explosion destroyed a Falcon and its payload in September. The launch placed 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites into low-Earth orbit and the first stage of the rocket successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean, and two other returning Falcon boosters also landed safely....

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Six injured in Ohio power station explosion 11 January 2017

Six people were injured on January 10 in an explosion at a power station near Aberdeen, Ohio, upriver from Cincinnati. The explosion took place at the J.M. Stuart Generating Station, a four-unit, coal-fired power plant owned and operated by Dayton Power and Light. The victims' injuries are not considered life-threatening, the company said in a statement....

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