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Explosion at Petronas oil and gas complex in Malaysia injures two 12 April 2019

Two staff members were injured in an explosion and fire at the new RAPID oil and gas refinery in the Petronas Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Johor, southern Malaysia, on April 12. An emergency response team contained the fire within 30 minutes. The casualties are believed to be security guards and were treated at the plant's medical facility....

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Battery blast at Iranian naval facility kills three workers 09 April 2019

Iranian media sources said an explosion at a naval shipbuilding facility near Bandar Abbas in the south of the country killed three workers. A March 6 report by the Fardanews website said the three technicians died when batteries exploded in an unidentified submarine they were working on....

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Smart threads detect gases when woven into clothing 09 April 2019

Engineers from Tufts University in Boston have developed a fabrication method to create dyed threads that change colour when they detect a variety of gases. Woven into clothing, the smart, gas-detecting threads could provide a reusable, washable, and affordable safety asset in medical, workplace, military and rescue environments, according to the study. ...

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Health impacts from US oil, natural gas extraction “inadequately measured” 09 April 2019

An academic review of studies on hazardous air pollutants associated with oil and natural gas extraction has found that measurements of hazardous air pollutant concentrations near operational sites have generally failed to capture levels above standard health benchmarks, despite most studies continuing to find that poor health outcomes increase as the distance from sites decreases....

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Taiwan chemical plant explosion causes widespread evacuation 09 April 2019

An explosion occurred at a factory in Yunlin County’s Mailiao Industrial Complex belonging to the Formosa Chemicals and Fibre Corporation on the afternoon of April 7. According to initial reports, no one was harmed in the explosion, which was the result of a faulty pipe supplying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to the aromatics plant....

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Three killed in Indian steel mill blast 09 April 2019

The New Indian Express reported that three persons were killed and five others critically injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a steel melting factory in Uthiramerur, Tamil Nadu, on March 5. All the injured persons suffered over 80% burns. Four of the injured have been admitted to a private hospital and another to a local medical college.   ...

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Texas chemical plant explosion and fire kills one 03 April 2019

An explosion at the KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, killed at least one person and injured two others on April 2, according to local media. The blast started a large fire that firefighters took six hours to extinguish, and local officials imposed a shelter-in-place order for the surrounding area, which is about 35km north east of Houston....

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Norway regulator investigates Equinor LNG plant outage 01 April 2019

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), Norway’s oil regulator, said on March 29 it was investigating the causes of an outage earlier in the month at Equinor’s Melkøya LNG plant near Hammerfest in the far north of the country. Equinor shut down the plant on 11 March 2019 in order to repair deficiencies in a number of safety valves....

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Judge rejects Trump order to open US Arctic and Atlantic waters to drilling 01 April 2019

On March 29, a federal judge ruled that President Trump’s executive order seeking to revoke an Obama-era ban on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans was unlawful. US District Judge Sharon Gleason ruled that Trump’s 2017 order revoking the drilling ban exceeded the president’s authority and said that the ban would remain in place until it was revoked by Congress....

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Second China factory explosion in month kills seven 01 April 2019

An explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China on March 31 left seven dead and five others injured, according to local reports. The blast happened in an outdoor area of the premises of Kunshan Waffer Technology in the Kunshan bonded zone in Jiangsu province, the local government said....

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