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  • Texas tank farm blaze envelops eight tanks, causes shelter in place order

    18 March 2019

    A fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company Deer Park facility near Houston, which broke out on the morning of March 17 affecting two tanks, spread overnight to six other tanks causing thick clouds of smoke to cover the neighbourhood. There were about 30 ITC employees inside the plant at the time of the explosion, but there were no reported injuries. ...

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  • Venezuela tank farm explosion blamed on “terrorist incursions”

    14 March 2019

    Two tanks containing thinners exploded on March 13 at a tank farm facility belonging to Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in eastern Anzoategui state. There have been no reports of victims as yet, according to local media. The blast occurred at the Petro San Felix facility located in San Diego de Cabrutica, the daily Ultimas Noticias reported via Twitter. ...

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  • Venezuela blackout halts oil exports, refinery operations

    12 March 2019

    Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA has been unable to resume crude exports from its primary port since last week’s country-wide power outage, essentially crippling the OPEC nation’s principal industry. The power outage also affected the Puerto la Cruz refinery in Anzoategui, run by state-owned oil company PDVSA, which was already operating at minimum levels. Authorities have given few indications how long it might take to restore power....

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  • IEA sees USA leading global oil supply growth to 2024

    11 March 2019

    The US will drive global oil supply growth over the next five years, adding another 4 million barrels per day to the country’s already booming output, the International Energy Agency said on March 11. “The United States is increasingly leading the expansion in global oil supplies, with significant growth also seen among other non-OPEC producers, including Brazil, Norway and new producer Guyana,” the IEA said in its five-year outlook....

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  • Senate confirms controversial appointee to head US environmental regulator

    01 March 2019

    On February 28 the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s top environmental regulator. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July 2018 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after widespread criticism over ethical issues....

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US Government bans lithium-ion batteries as cargo in passenger aircraft holds 01 March 2019

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on February 27 prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Devices with li-ion batteries for personal use will still be permitted in the cabin and hold....

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NASA to launch review of SpaceX and Boeing safety culture 22 February 2019

According to Reuters, NASA has started its review into the safety culture of the two companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, SpaceX and Boeing. The months-long assessment will involve hundreds of interviews designed to evaluate the culture of the workplaces and ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety....

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CSB releases final report into 2016 Mississippi gas plant explosion and fire incident 21 February 2019

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report on the investigation into the June 2016 explosion and fire at the Enterprise Products Gas Plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The CSB determined that the probable cause was a phenomenon known as thermal fatigue and issued recommendations to two trade associations and local emergency responders. ...

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New estimates of Gulf of Mexico oil leak point to possibility that total volume is larger than BP’s Macondo spill 18 February 2019

According to, a marine scientist has presented new oil release estimates for the Taylor Energy site, a toppled platform that has been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for more than 14 years, whose upper limits are twice as large as previous estimates and could be larger in overall volume than the BP Macondo spill. ...

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EPA plans to regulate cancer-causing chemicals found in US drinking water 18 February 2019

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans on February 14 to regulate chemicals linked to cancer in humans currently found in drinking water systems. The chemicals -polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - are present in firefighting foams, which have seeped into groundwater sources that supply an estimated 16 million Americans. ...

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