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  • Louisiana pipeline blast kills one, injures five

    13 February 2017

    A fire at the Phillips 66 pipeline near the Williams Discovery natural gas plant in Paradis has been put out, officials said on February 13, days after an explosion injured five workers and left another missing. The missing worker is presumed dead, Phillips 66 said. ...

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  • Three killed and seven injured in explosion at Louisiana paper mill

    10 February 2017

    Packaging Corp of America said an explosion at its DeRidder, Louisiana, paper mill resulted in the death of three contract workers on February 7, with seven others confirmed injured. The incident occurred while annual repair work was being carried out on piping in the mill area, the company said....

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  • US Republicans move quickly to dismantle Obama energy and environment rules

    07 February 2017

    On February 3, the Republican-dominated US Senate voted to remove emissions limits on drilling operations, and repealed a securities disclosure rule aimed at curbing corruption at energy and mining companies. These had already been voted on by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and could be signed into law as soon as next week by President Trump....

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  • PG&E managers to complete community service in unusual punishment for 2010 San Bruno explosion

    27 January 2017

    A federal judge in San Francisco has imposed an unusual sentence on California’s largest utility for its involvement in the September 2010 San Bruno incident, where a major gas pipeline explosion killed eight and injured a further 58. Utility staff, including top executives, will carry out 10,000 hours of community service and the utility will serve five years’ probation....

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  • President Trump signs orders to expedite Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines

    25 January 2017

    President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on January 24 to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline projects. Keystone XL was scrapped in 2015 by former President Barack Obama and the US Army Corps of Engineers had withdrawn permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to follow its originally planned route in the face of fierce opposition from Native American tribes....

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Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 litres on native land 23 January 2017

A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 litres (52,834 gallons) of oil in a first nation community, the provincial government said on Monday. The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 litres have since been recovered according to the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan....

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Pemex refinery gas release kills one, injures two 18 January 2017

Mexico's state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said a worker has been killed in a chemical accident at its Ciudad Madero refinery in the Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas. The company said in a statement that the employee came in contact with a release of toxic hydrogen sulphide while doing maintenance work....

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US university team develops li-ion battery with inbuilt fire extinguisher 18 January 2017

Researchers from Stanford University in the USA have designed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing material which is released if the battery gets too hot. The battery contains a shell containing the flame retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) which melts when the temperature reaches 150C, releasing the chemical compound. ...

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SpaceX returns to orbit after successful launch 16 January 2017

A SpaceX Falcon rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 16, the first since a launch pad explosion destroyed a Falcon and its payload in September. The launch placed 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites into low-Earth orbit and the first stage of the rocket successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean, and two other returning Falcon boosters also landed safely....

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NuScale and Rolls-Royce take forward small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) plans 16 January 2017

NuScale Power has asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve the company's small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design, the first time an SMR design certification application has been submitted to the NRC. And in the UK, Rolls-Royce has announced the industrial partners with whom it plans to take forward its own SMR plans....

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