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  • Australian regulator tells Montara opeator to improve emergency management

    23 June 2017

    Australian oil and gas regulator NOPSEMA has issued an improvement notice to PTTEP Australasia for non-compliance related to its Montara operations off Western Australia. Nopsema said recent inspections at PTTEP’s Perth headquarters and offshore facilities had identified that emergency management personnel lacked the required level of spill response competency....

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  • Non-essential staff evacuated from North Sea rig after gas leak

    23 June 2017

    On Jun 22, Engie E&P Norge reported a gas leak at the Gjøa field complex in the North Sea. It said that the leak had been stopped and the situation was under control. No injuries were reported but production was shut down and 19 of the 49 crew on the semisubmersible Gjøa platform were evacuated by helicopter to the Norwegian mainland....

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  • Second fatal explosion at West Virginia industrial plant kills contractor

    22 June 2017

    On June 20, a contractor was killed in an explosion at the Midland Resource Recovery plant in West Virginia. In a preliminary report, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) said contractors at the facility were disassembling a 115-litre tank, trying to render it safe after a previous explosion on May 24 that killed two and injured one....

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  • Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills French lifestyle blogger

    22 June 2017

    A prominent lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser. Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a domestic accident. French media reported she had died of cardiac arrest after the device exploded and struck her chest, despite receiving prompt medical attention....

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  • US Supreme Court rules in favour of Chevron in Ecuador pollution case

    21 June 2017

    The long-running $8.65 billion pollution case against Chevron brought by Ecuadorian villagers and their American lawyer passed a significant milestone when the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of the oil major on June 19. The court turned down an appeal of lower court rulings blocking enforcement in the United States of an Ecuadorian judgement against Chevron in 2011....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference – Call for papers open 21 June 2017

We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex 2018 Conference to be held on February 28 & March 1 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK....

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Eaton Unveils Highest Performing Modular Surge Protection Device for Complete Process Reliability 21 June 2017

Power management company Eaton’s new MTL SD Modular range provides comprehensive protection from transient surge events up to 20 kA, the highest level of protection currently available for a modular pluggable device which is coupled with the highest packing density on the market. ...

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Teeside company fined after uncontrolled fire 20 June 2017

Vertellus Specialties UK Limited has today been fined after an uncontrolled fire at the company’s Seal Sands premises in Middlesbrough. Teesside Crown Court heard the large fire occurred at the premises in the early hours of 14 May 2014. The fire involved large quantities of dangerous substances including Vitride, which led to this fire being declared a major incident. ...

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Centrica to shut UK's main offshore gas storage site 20 June 2017

The Rough field, the UK's biggest natural gas storage site under the North Sea, will be permanently shut by operator Centrica because of the age and poor condition of injection and recovery infrastructure. Rough accounts for about 70% of the country’s gas storage capacity and a lack of alternative storage facilities is likely to increase dependency on imports and gas market volatility....

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Explosion and blaze at Israeli munitions factory injures one 20 June 2017

An explosion and fire at an arms development site in central Israel left one person injured on June 1. The incident, at the Israeli Military Industries factory in Ramat Hasharon near Tel Aviv, was caused by an explosion on a production line according to an initial investigation reported in the Times of Israel....

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