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  • World coal plant construction fell significantly in 2016, according to environmental groups

    22 March 2017

    Construction of new coal plants fell sharply last year according to a report published on March 22 by environmental groups Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, and research company CoalSwarm. The report claims that 2016 saw a 48% drop in pre-construction activity, a 62% drop in construction starts, a 19% drop in ongoing construction, and a 29% drop in completed projects....

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  • US pipeline regulator orders action over leaking Alaska gas pipeline

    20 March 2017

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a proposed order that operator Hilcorp fix a leaking gas pipeline in the Cook Inlet off Nikiski in Alaska by May 1 or shut it down. The PHMSA also ordered the company to conduct inspections of a "substantially similar" underwater pipeline that carries crude oil to shore from two offshore production platforms. ...

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  • Trump budget would eliminate US Chemical Safety Board

    20 March 2017

    The Trump administration's budget blueprint would scrap the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency that investigates major chemical and oil industry incidents. The CSB has no regulatory power but is influential because its recommendations are often adopted by industry and government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)....

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  • Mexican fuel storage facility blast injures eight

    16 March 2017

    At least eight people were injured on March 15 by an explosion at a Pemex fuel storage and distribution facility near the state-owned oil company's Salamanca refinery, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, the Mexican state-owned oil company said on Twitter. Three of the injured were Pemex staff....

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  • Canada oil sands threatened by departure of oil majors

    10 March 2017

    The departure of international players from Canada's oil sands is raising fresh doubt over future development prospects for the world's third-largest crude reserves as the region struggles to compete with cheap US shale plays. Royal Dutch Shell and Marathon Oil sold off billions of dollars in oil sands assets on March 9, the latest sign that global oil majors are abandoning the region....

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US laboratory invents reusable sponge that could revolutionise oil spill cleanup 07 March 2017

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in US history, those in charge of the recovery discovered a new wrinkle: the millions of gallons of oil bubbling from the sea floor weren’t all collecting on the surface where it could be skimmed or burned. Some of it was forming a plume and drifting through the ocean under the surface....

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Murphy Oil fined C$172,500 after six-week Canada oil pipeline leak 06 March 2017

Murphy Oil has been fined C$172,500 after the Alberta Energy Regulator concluded the Arkansas-based company did not maintain a pipeline that leaked oil for 45 days before it was discovered. From January to March of 2015, about 1.4 million litres of light oil was spilled about 65 kilometres east of Peace River in north western Alberta due to internal corrosion, the regulator announced on February 28....

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Four killed in Mexican fireworks blast 06 March 2017

At least four people were killed and nine were injured on Saturday in an accident at a fireworks manufacturing operation in the municipality of Tultepec in Mexico State, where in December an explosion at a firecracker market left 42 dead, officials told the EFE news agency....

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Relatives of dead and injured still waiting for compensation seven years after US power plant blast 22 February 2017

An investigation by the Hartford Courant concludes that many of those affected by the February 2010 explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems power station in Middletown, Connecticut, have yet to receive any of their promised compensation. The blast killed six and injured up to 60 others, and the Courant claims 22 people, 17 employees and five spouses, are still waiting for payment.<...

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Number of grain dust explosions in US falls to 10-year low 22 February 2017

According to a report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016 despite a number of fatalities last year....

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