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Employee dies after Utah automotive equipment plant explosion 27 March 2018

One man was killed and several others wounded in an explosion at a factory in northern Utah early on March 26. According to a statement from Box Elder County Sheriff's Office, the explosion at the Autoliv Facilities plant in the town of Promontory seriously injured the employee, who later died in hospital. ...

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Pipeline leaks 42,000 gallons of diesel into Indiana river 26 March 2018

Forty-two thousand gallons of diesel spilled from a Marathon Petroleum Corporation pipeline at Posey Creek, Indiana before the leak was detected on March 20, US News & World Report reported. The pipeline was immediately shut off, and workers contained the spill with two booms before it reached the Wabash River....

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US offshore regulator, under spotlight for rule changes, finds serious safety problems in Gulf of Mexico 22 March 2018

In early March, the US Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) sent teams to the Gulf of Mexico last week to inspect giant cranes used in offshore oil and gas operations that are a significant source of accidents. The inspections uncovered a number of issues, some serious....

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US scientists look to bacteria to detect hydrocarbon leaks from pipelines 21 March 2018

Scientists from Mississippi State University (MSU) in the US are looking to develop live sensor systems using electrogenic bacteria which could help identify leakages in oil pipelines in real time, and a larger version of the sensor could be deployed to help clean-up efforts....

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Cyber attacks attributed to Russian state actors by US administration 20 March 2018

The US administration accused Russia on March 15 of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will. Observers saw the attacks as a signal by Moscow that it could disrupt the West’s critical facilities in the event of a conflict....

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US Department of Homeland Security issues report detailing Russian cyber attacks on critical control systems 20 March 2018

Alert (TA18-074A) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued on March 15, gives details of Russian Government cyber activity targeting energy and other critical infrastructure sectors in the USA. Analysis by DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resulted in the identification of distinct indicators and behaviors related to this activity....

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Alaska state officials say warmer Arctic temperatures depressed oil output 20 March 2018

Production of the Alaska North Slope crude oil has averaged about 518,000 barrels per day (bpd) through the current fiscal year, down from the approximately 533,000 bpd predicted last fall, state Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher told the state Senate’s finance committee on March 19. This was due to warmer than usual conditions, he said, which affected equipment designed to operate at lower temperatures....

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Number of US grain dust explosions rises in 2017, despite long-term downward trend 19 March 2018

There were seven reported grain dust explosions at US food and agricultural facilities in 2017, two more than in 2016 but still below the 10-year average of 9.3 explosions per year, according to an annual report issued by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering....

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Production at Wacker US polysilicon factory still offline six months after explosion 02 March 2018

Following an explosion at its Charleston, Tennessee, production facility in 7 September 2017, German polysilicon manufacturer Wacker Chemie has said production was still halted, but was expected to restart in spring. According to the company, the explosion, which injured two, was caused by a hydrogen leak. Wacker also faces fines for health and safety violations not related to the explosion....

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Deodorant aerosol explosion in Baltimore County, Maryland, destroys vehicle, injures driver 02 March 2018

Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach said an unidentified man at the wheel of his vehicle put on some aerosol deodorant with the air conditioning running and lit a cigarette, causing an explosion which gave him serious burn injuries....

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