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  • Oil theft attempt causes major spill from Brazil pipeline

    10 December 2018

    At least 60,000 litres of oil spilled into Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay and a nearby river on December 8 after an attempted robbery on a pipeline, accordin to a statement by Transpetro, part of the state-run oil and gas group Petrobras. The company said the oil had spilled into the Estrela River and immediate action by emergency teams ensured 75% of the oil had been cleaned up by the morning of December 10....

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  • Owner and four senior managers sentenced to prison over Louisiana military explosives conspiracy

    03 December 2018

    A US court has sentenced five senior personnel of Explo Systems Inc. to between two and five years in prison for a criminal conspiracy involving military explosives. The company, which won a contract for munitions disposal, improperly stored them at the Camp Minden Louisiana National Guard facility. This led to a huge explosion in 2012 that caused the evacuation of the nearby town of Doyline....

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  • US Coast Guard orders Louisiana oil company to stop 14-year old Gulf of Mexico leak

    03 December 2018

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has ordered Taylor Energy Company to contain and clean up an ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which the federal government says has leaked more than a million barrels of oil since 2004. According to the Washington Post the order was issued on 23 October 2018, and the company faces fines of $40,000 per day if it fails to comply....

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  • Canada scrap-metal plant ordered to shut down over explosions

    23 November 2018

    The New Brunswick provincial government has ordered an explosion-plagued metal recycling facility at the Port of Saint John to cease all operations immediately. The American Iron & Metal Company Inc. has been the scene of numerous blasts in recent weeks and continued operations, despite a September order from the landowner to cease operations after any explosion. ...

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  • Oil leak from FPSO off Newfoundland coast said to be province’s largest ever

    20 November 2018

    An oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland caused an estimated 250,000 litres of crude to leak into the ocean, Husky Energy said on November 16. The leak, from a flowline to the SeaRose FPSO, stationed about 350 kilometres off the coast, happened in the White Rose field while crews were preparing to restart production after operations were suspended the previous day due to high winds and rough seas....

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US federal regulator blames utility for Massachusetts gas network blasts 20 November 2018

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on November 15 that utility company NiSource failed to adequately draft and oversee natural gas pipeline work orders and those lapses led to deadly blasts in three Massachusetts communities in September. The federal regulator said ineffective oversight of works by Columbia Gas Co of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of NiSource, was responsible for the disaster....

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Explosion at Idaho hazardous waste processing plant kills one, injures three 19 November 2018

One worker is dead and three others have been hospitalised after an explosion inside a building at the US Ecology site near Grand View, Idaho. The fatality was working as an equipment operator moving materials at the time of the accident and fifteen staff were on site at the time. Idaho State Police said the building where the explosion happened is used to process powdered magnesium products....

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Pacific Gas & Electric stock price falls ahead of lawsuits by California fire victims 19 November 2018

The admission by California’s biggest power company that it may be to blame for at least one of the deadly fires ravaging the state sent company stock prices crashing by more than 60% compared to its pre-fire level. PG&E told the US Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13 that its equipment may have sparked the Camp Fire in Northern California, the worst fire in the state’s history in terms of fatalities....

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Montana trucking company owner jailed for his part in 2012 oil plant explosion 14 November 2018

A Montana trucking company owner has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after being convicted of criminal charges stemming from an explosion at an oil processing plant. A US District court also ordered Donald Wood of Woody's Trucking to pay $1.3 million in penalties and restitution after three workers were seriously injured in the 2012 explosion at Custom Carbon Processing Inc. near the town of Wibaux....

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Canadian railway researching concept of bitumen bricks as safer alternative for oil transport 13 November 2018

Canadian National Railway (CN) recently filed a patent for a new technology that could help make oil transportation by rail safer. The process involves mixing and wrapping bitumen, one of the products extracted from Canada’s oilsands, with a layer of polymer, transforming the heavy crude into solid bricks that are easy to transport and will not leak or sink in water....

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