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  • One missing, seven injured in Louisiana oil rig explosion

    16 October 2017

    One person is missing and seven have been hospitalised after an oil rig explosion and fire in Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, late on October 15. Officials at a news conference said all those injured in the explosion were either on the rig or an adjacent barge and that cleaning operations were being undertaken on the rig at the time of the blast....

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  • Three injured in Maine agricultural chemical explosion

    13 October 2017

    Three people were hospitalised after an explosion at an agricultural building in Detroit, Maine on October 11, according to state police. Fire investigators said the explosion took place in an empty, 86-foot tall silo used to store sulphur. Two of the casualties were both on top of the silo cleaning out accumulations of dust and sulphur when a spark from a shovel set off the explosion....

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  • Houston chemical plant faces criminal investigation after series of explosions

    02 October 2017

    Harris County district attorney’s office confirmed it had opened a criminal investigation into the actions of French chemical group Arkema before the series of explosions and fires at its Crosby plant in the Houston suburbs after the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. The company is already facing a number of lawsuits over the effects of explosions of volatile chemicals at the plant....

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  • Commission says 428 pipelines failed leak test after Colorado explosion

    29 September 2017

    The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) said that 428 oil or gas pipelines near occupied buildings failed a leak-detection test that the state ordered following the April blast that destroyed a house, killed two and seriously injured a third in the town of Firestone. The blast was traced to a nearby uncapped gas line. ...

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  • US chemical plant explosion kills one, injures two

    29 September 2017

    The Augusta fire service said an explosion on September 27  at the DSM Resins plant in Augusta, Georgia, which killed one and injured a further two workers, was a “welding accident”. The plant, which produces powder-coat paint resins, is part of an industrial complex near the Savannah River that houses a number of chemical and fertiliser facilities....

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Exxon Mobil moves to reduce methane from oil and gas operations 26 September 2017

On September 25 ExxonMobil announced a program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities across the United States. The program will prioritise actions at sites operated by shale subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions....

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Significant oil leak discovered in Houston suburb after Hurricane Harvey floodwaters subside 18 September 2017

On September 14, the US Coast Guard said that less than 20% of an 11,000 barrel (2 million litre) gasoline spill in Texas after Hurricane Harvey had been recovered, while the rest evaporated or soaked into the ground. The spill was from the Magellan Midstream Partners storage tank farm in the Houston suburb of Galena Park....

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Three injured during explosion at Florida food additives plant 18 September 2017

According to the local fire department, three people suffered chemical burn injuries in a chemical explosion at the Natural Advantage Food Flavorings plant at Lakeland in Florida on September 17. All three are reportedly in a stable condition and around 50 were evacuated from the locality after the incident....

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Emergency service members to sue Arkema following explosions at Texas plant 08 September 2017

Seven first responders injured after explosions at the troubled Arkema chemical plant in Crosby are now suing the company for at least $1 million in damages. On September 7, a week after the first blast rocked the Texas town, Houston lawyers launched a legal battle in a Harris County court, accusing Arkema of gross negligence....

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Tennessee polysilicon plant suffers two safety incidents in a week 08 September 2017

An explosion at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee, has resulted in eight people being treated in local clinics and was the second incident at the plant in eight days. This second was caused by a mechanical incident [that] resulted in a hydrogen chemical release, according to a Wacker news release, while the previous incident left five workers with chemical burns....

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