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UAE report on oil tanker attacks blames ‘state actor’ 07 June 2019

The United Arab Emirates has told the UN Security Council a ‘state actor’ was most likely behind attacks on four tankers off its coast. The May 12 attacks bore the hallmarks of a sophisticated and co-ordinated operation, the report said....

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Chevron fined £5m over fatal 2011 UK refinery explosion 06 June 2019

The former owners of an oil refinery in Pembroke, west Wales, have been fined over an explosion in June 2011 that killed four contractors. Chevron will have to pay a fine of £5 million and court costs of £1 million as part of a deal it struck with Valero Energy UK Limited, which bought the site shortly after the disaster....

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Japan’s first hostile environment firefighting multi-robot system now operational 06 June 2019

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, the country’s first firefighting robot system has been deployed to an area with refineries, chemical plants and storage facilities in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture. The system will battle blazes in hostile locations that are difficult for firefighters to reach....

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Seven injured in two US hydrocarbon plant incidents 06 June 2019

In the first incident, three people were hospitalised following a flash fire on June 5 at Summit Midstream’s Hereford Ranch Plant in northern Weld County near Grover on the Colorado-Wyoming border. According to local media, three contractors were working on a compressor when the fire ignited and all are now being treated for burns. Two are thought to be in critical condition and were taken by air ambulance to hospital....

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New Mexico fireworks explosion injures 12 firefighters 06 June 2019

An explosion at a fireworks storage area at Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico on June 5 injured 12 firefighters, one with critical and another with serious injuries, according to local police. Ten others were treated on scene for minor injuries....

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Source of new CFC emissions discovered 04 June 2019

According to an international team of scientists, emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by around 7,000 tonnes per year from eastern China since 2013. The new research was published in Nature on May 22....

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Project will pinpoint methane ‘super emitters’ 04 June 2019

The US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been awarded $6 million by the state of California to find “super emitters” of methane in an effort to quantify and potentially mitigate methane emissions....

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New study finds that complex geology contributed to Deepwater Horizon disaster 04 June 2019

A recent University of Texas at Austin study has become the first to be published in a scientific journal to take an in-depth look at the challenging geologic conditions faced by the crew of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the role those conditions played in the 2010 disaster....

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The future of offshore wind farm inspection and repair 04 June 2019

A new £4 million cross-sector innovation project is set to develop the world’s first fully autonomous robotic inspection and repair solution for offshore wind farms. The project is expected to save the average wind farm approximately £26 million over the course of its lifetime....

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Canadian province oil and gas regulator restricts fracking following earthquakes 03 June 2019

The Alberta Energy Regulator has said it will restrict oilfield fracking activity near the Brazeau Reservoir in east central Alberta as a precaution following a 4.3 magnitude earthquake south of the area in March. The regulator has prohibited hydraulic fracturing operations targeting the Duvernay underground formation or deeper within five kilometres of the Brazeau dam infrastructure....

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