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  • Japan steel factory blast leaves one dead, five injured

    27 April 2017

    An explosion at a steel factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on April 25 killed the manager and left five people injured, police and firefighters said, according to the Kyodo News Agency. The explosion at the Hiyama Iron Works occurred near a furnace after melted steel may have inadvertently come into contact with the coolant water and triggered a vapour explosion, the police said....

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  • Oil company closes thousands of wells in Colorado after fatal house explosion

    27 April 2017

    Anadarko Petroleum is shutting all its vertical wells across northeast Colorado following a home explosion in the town of Firestone earlier this month that killed two people and badly injured another. The more than 3,000 wells will remain shut until field staff can conduct inspections and tests of equipment, pipes and facilities across the area, the company said on April 26....

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  • Fitbit Flex 2 explosion leaves woman with wrist burns

    26 April 2017

    According to Ars Technica, a Wisconsin woman told ABC News that her new Fitbit Flex 2 activity tracker "exploded" on her wrist while she read a book. Dina Mitchell was treated at an area urgent care provider the next day and was left with second-degree burns on her wrist....

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  • Trinidad oil refinery spills large quantity of bunker fuel

    25 April 2017

    Petrotrin, the Trinidadian state-owned oil company, said clean-up and recovery efforts were continuing following an accidental spill of 20,000 gallons (91,000 litres) of bunker fuel onto adjacent land from its Pointe-a-Pierre refinery on 23 April....

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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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Greens start legal battle with fossil fuel lobbyists over chemical plant safety regulations 18 April 2017

According to CNN, the Union for Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and Earthjustice jointly filed a motion on April 13 to intervene in a lawsuit filed by fossil fuel groups in March that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new regulations on chemical plants, introduced in response to the 2013 fertiliser plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 15 and injured more than 160....

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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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BP reports Alaska oil spill 18 April 2017

BP said on April 17 that a leak at a facility on Alaska's North Slope had been brought under control. A BP spokesman said details of what caused the loss of control or the amounts of oil and gas concerned were not available. The oil producer had retained well control specialists from Halliburton to kill the well, the spokesman said. ...

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HSE publishes Business Plan for 2017/18 18 April 2017

The UK Health & Safety Executive has published its Business Plan for 2017/18, which includes a continuing focus on reducing the likelihood of low-frequency, high impact catastrophic incidents in high hazard industries, as well as supporting the UK’s exit from the European Union. The article below is the HSE’s outline plan for the period, signed off by CEO Richard Judge and Chair Michael Temple....

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