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  • Second fatal explosion at West Virginia industrial plant kills contractor

    22 June 2017

    On June 20, a contractor was killed in an explosion at the Midland Resource Recovery plant in West Virginia. In a preliminary report, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) said contractors at the facility were disassembling a 115-litre tank, trying to render it safe after a previous explosion on May 24 that killed two and injured one....

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  • US Supreme Court rules in favour of Chevron in Ecuador pollution case

    21 June 2017

    The long-running $8.65 billion pollution case against Chevron brought by Ecuadorian villagers and their American lawyer passed a significant milestone when the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of the oil major on June 19. The court turned down an appeal of lower court rulings blocking enforcement in the United States of an Ecuadorian judgement against Chevron in 2011....

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  • Cal/OSHA cites explosives manufacturer for workplace explosion that caused serious injuries

    19 June 2017

    Cal/OSHA has cited explosives manufacturer Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company $293,235 for multiple serious and willful accident-related workplace safety violations following an investigation of an explosion in Hollister, California, that seriously injured a worker....

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  • Pennsylvania court rules in favour of drilling under refinery despite operator’s objections

    13 June 2017

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld a decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a drilling permit for a well bored at a slant under the United Refining Co. refinery along the Allegheny River in Warren, in the north of the state. United Refining says that drilling and fracking could cause a fire or explosion, as well as a release of oil into nearby waters....

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  • Three dead after Brazil drillship explosion

    12 June 2017

    Three workers were killed after an explosion on board the NS-32 (Norbe VIII) drillship in the Marlim field in the Campos Basin off Brazil on June 9. One man was killed in the  explosion in one of the vessel’s boilers and two others succumbed to their injuries two days later. The drillship is one of six under charter from Odebrecht Oil & Gas (OOG) for client Petrobras. ...

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Canadian researchers announce innovative leakproof pipeline 06 June 2017

University of Calgary academics claim a new design they have invented will prevent oil pipeline spills. Martin Mintchev and Thiago Valentin de Oliveira say their system, which combines real-time monitoring and an outer layer around an inner pipe, would better protect the environment and improve the reputation of the industry by eliminating leaks....

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Wisconsin corn milling plant explosion kills three 05 June 2017

An explosion and fire on May 31 at the Didion Milling corn mill and ethanol plant in Cambria, Wisconsin, killed three workers and injured 13. Local authorities said that 16 staff had been in the plant at the time of the explosion, and that some of the injured had serious burn injuries. ...

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Second fatal explosion in Colorado puts safety of area oil and gas operations in question 30 May 2017

Workers upgrading an Anadarko Petroleum Co. oil tank facility were caught in a fire that killed one and injured three in Mead, about 65 kilometres) north of Denver, Colorado, on May 25. The incident took place only a few kilometres away from the site of the Firestone home explosion which killed two and injured a third in April and was linked to a leaking Anadarko gas pipe....

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OSHA sets fine for New York State asphalt company involved in fatal accident 30 May 2017

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Gorman Bros. Inc. a total of $17,745 for serious violations after the death of two workers in an explosion last October at its Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions subsidiary in Glenville, NY....

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Chemical tank explosion kills two in West Virginia 25 May 2017

Two workers were killed and a third was seriously injured on May 24 in an explosion at an industrial facility in Moatsville, West Virginia. The blast occurred when workers at Midland Resource Recovery were cleaning a tank used for storing the chemical mercaptan, according to local officials. Mercaptan, which has a distinctive smell, is added to odourless natural gas so that leaks can be detected....

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