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Australian court blocks new mine project in major blow to coal sector 11 February 2019

Developers have lost a court appeal to build a coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley over its potentially “dire” environmental impact. In the landmark ruling on February 8, a court denied the appeal on the Rocky Hill project in New South Wales state, citing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as uncertain economic benefits and adverse social and visual impacts....

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Australian newspaper casts doubt on safety of electrical equipment on Ichthys offshore field production facilities 14 January 2019

In an exclusive report, the Perth-based West Australian newspaper says it has seen documents that call into question the safety of electrical equipment in hazardous areas on the Ichthys Explorer semi-submersible platform and Ichthys Venturer oil production vessel now producing gas and condensate from the Ichthys field off the Kimberley coast....

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Australia power plant arc flash kills worker 15 November 2018

A worker died after suffering significant burns to most of his body in an explosion at a major power plant in Victoria, Australia. Initial reports indicate the Yallourn Power Station employee was working on a generator unit after an outage when a high-voltage circuit breaker exploded and the man suffered serious injuries as a result, including widespread burns to his upper and lower body....

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Two workers hospitalised with serious burn injuries after Australia factory blast 03 July 2018

Two men are in hospital after an explosion and fire on July 3 at a factory in Smithfield, western Sydney. A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said six crews attended and treated two men at the scene with serious burns, one with burns to 36% of his body, the other with 18% burns. Sixty firefighters fought the blaze, which spread to a nearby building....

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Australian company fined A$75,000 after worker suffers serious electrical shock 07 November 2017

A construction company in Toowoomba, Queensland, was fined $75,000 and ordered to pay costs of almost $1,000 after a worker suffered a serious electrical shock on 25 November 2015. The company pleaded guilty to failing to operate in an electrically safe manner, exposing people to the risk of death or serious injury....

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Pipeline breach causes jet fuel shortage in New Zealand 15 September 2017

Dozens of flights from Auckland Airport have been cancelled after the a 168 kilometre pipeline carrying jet fuel, petrol and diesel from an oil refinery at Marsden Point in Northland to tanks in Wiri, south Auckland was cut by a digger on September 14. A spokesman from the refinery, owned by Refining NZ, estimated the pipeline would take between 10 and 14 days to fix....

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Australian regulator tells Montara opeator to improve emergency management 23 June 2017

Australian oil and gas regulator NOPSEMA has issued an improvement notice to PTTEP Australasia for non-compliance related to its Montara operations off Western Australia. Nopsema said recent inspections at PTTEP’s Perth headquarters and offshore facilities had identified that emergency management personnel lacked the required level of spill response competency....

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Three injured in Australian abattoir explosion 10 April 2017

Police, paramedics, fire and rescue crews were called to the JBS Australia Dinmore abattoir near Ipswich, west of Brisbane, after an electrical explosion at the site. Paramedics treated three people with burns, and two others for smoke inhalation following a reported electrical explosion, Queensland Ambulance said....

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Indonesia to sue Thai oil company over 2009 oil spill 20 March 2017

Indonesia is preparing to sue the Australian subsidiary of Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) over alleged environmental damage from the Montara oil spill in 2009, the country's Maritime Affairs Ministry said. This follows the Indonesian government’s December 2016 decision to freeze the licenses and assets of PTTEP operations in Indonesia. ...

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Exploding headphone batteries cause scare on Beijing to Melbourne flight 16 March 2017

A woman’s headphones caused disruption on a flight to Australia after they exploded when she fell asleep listening to music. The unidentified passenger awoke two hours later when she began to feel a burning sensation on her face, according to a release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). She suffered burns to her face and hands in the incident. ...

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