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  • Viva Energy faces fine for 2016 leak from fuel storage facility into Sydney Harbour

    18 March 2019

    Viva Energy, one of Australia's largest energy companies, has been fined A$100,000 for an oil spill in Sydney Harbour that took more than six months to clean up. The leak, at the Gore Bay fuel storage, resulted in about 800 litres of fuel oil spilling onto nearby land, with about 500 litres of that entering the waters at Gore Cove, near Greenwich....

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  • Texas tank farm blaze envelops eight tanks, causes shelter in place order

    18 March 2019

    A fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company Deer Park facility near Houston, which broke out on the morning of March 17 affecting two tanks, spread overnight to six other tanks causing thick clouds of smoke to cover the neighbourhood. There were about 30 ITC employees inside the plant at the time of the explosion, but there were no reported injuries. ...

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  • Iran gas pipeline explosion kills four

    14 March 2019

    A gas-pipeline explosion has killed at least two people in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, according to local media. The March 14 blast hit a pipeline between the provincial capital, Ahvaz, and the city of Mahshahr, near the Persian Gulf. The semi-official ISNA news agency said that the explosion was caused by a gas leakage from the pipeline....

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  • Venezuela tank farm explosion blamed on “terrorist incursions”

    14 March 2019

    Two tanks containing thinners exploded on March 13 at a tank farm facility belonging to Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in eastern Anzoategui state. There have been no reports of victims as yet, according to local media. The blast occurred at the Petro San Felix facility located in San Diego de Cabrutica, the daily Ultimas Noticias reported via Twitter. ...

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  • Venezuela blackout halts oil exports, refinery operations

    12 March 2019

    Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA has been unable to resume crude exports from its primary port since last week’s country-wide power outage, essentially crippling the OPEC nation’s principal industry. The power outage also affected the Puerto la Cruz refinery in Anzoategui, run by state-owned oil company PDVSA, which was already operating at minimum levels. Authorities have given few indications how long it might take to restore power....

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IEA sees USA leading global oil supply growth to 2024 11 March 2019

The US will drive global oil supply growth over the next five years, adding another 4 million barrels per day to the country’s already booming output, the International Energy Agency said on March 11. “The United States is increasingly leading the expansion in global oil supplies, with significant growth also seen among other non-OPEC producers, including Brazil, Norway and new producer Guyana,” the IEA said in its five-year outlook....

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Senate confirms controversial appointee to head US environmental regulator 01 March 2019

On February 28 the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s top environmental regulator. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July 2018 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after widespread criticism over ethical issues....

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CSB releases final report into 2016 Mississippi gas plant explosion and fire incident 21 February 2019

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report on the investigation into the June 2016 explosion and fire at the Enterprise Products Gas Plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The CSB determined that the probable cause was a phenomenon known as thermal fatigue and issued recommendations to two trade associations and local emergency responders. ...

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New estimates of Gulf of Mexico oil leak point to possibility that total volume is larger than BP’s Macondo spill 18 February 2019

According to Nola.com, a marine scientist has presented new oil release estimates for the Taylor Energy site, a toppled platform that has been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for more than 14 years, whose upper limits are twice as large as previous estimates and could be larger in overall volume than the BP Macondo spill. ...

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Husky restarts limited production from White Rose oilfield off Newfoundland 04 February 2019

In late January, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board approved Husky Oil's request to restart production at the White Rose oil field off Canada’s Atlantic coast. Operations have been suspended since a November 16 oil spill of an estimated 250,000 litres caused by a faulty flowline connector to the SeaRose FPSO, stationed about 350 kilometres off the coast....

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