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  • No charges to be laid in relation to 2020 Australian mine explosion

    22 February 2022

    Queensland’s Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor (OWHSP) announced on February 22 that no charges would be laid in relation to the May 2020 explosion at Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Moranbah which critically injured five people. The decision has drawn criticism from the industry, including the Mining and Energy Union which said workers had been left angry....

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  • £8.7bn Australian LNG project given final approval

    23 November 2021

    A major A$16.2bn (£8.7bn) gas project has been given final approval which will see the development of an oil and gas field off Australia’s northwest coast. Approval for the Scarborough project, a joint venture between energy giant Woodside and BHP, was given on November 22 before the two companies announced a merger of BHP’s oil and gas portfolio with Woodside....

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  • New Zealand police discover bodies 11 years after Pike River mine disaster

    17 November 2021

    On November 17, New Zealand police announced that at least two bodies had been found deep inside the Pike River Mine, 11 years after a series of methane explosions killed 29 men there. No bodies have ever been recovered. Using boreholes and specialist cameras, police said that images had been captured of two bodies, plus a possible third....

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  • Australian inquiry into 2020 mine explosion finds miners faced “unacceptable level of risk”

    15 June 2021

    An inquiry into the May 2020 explosion at Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia has found that production continued despite knowledge that the gas management systems were unable to cope with the rate of production. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report found that methane gas levels in the mine exceeded regulated levels 27 times in the lead up to the explosion which seriously injured five people....

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  • Australian miners left “fuming” as mining giant restarts coal mine following 2020 explosion

    23 April 2021

    Workers at mining giant Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia have been left “fuming” as a result of the company’s decision to restart operations following an explosion in May 2020 which seriously injured five people. According to Reuters news agency, a union official has said that Anglo American has not kept workers informed about the plans to restart the mine, a claim disputed by the company....

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Meat processing company fined £176,000 for ammonia leak 26 February 2021

A meat processing company in New Zealand has been fined $337,500 (£176,000) after an ammonia leak in February. The leak at the Silver Fern Farms plant in Hawera on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island contaminated a local stream, killing scores of fish and eels....

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Five people injured in fertiliser factory blast in New Zealand 12 October 2020

Five workers were hospitalised after an explosion at a fertiliser factory in New Zealand on October 6. The blast happened in Dunedin on New Zealand’s south eastern coast at a factory belonging to Ravensdown....

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Personal air sanitisers are an explosion hazard on planes, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority warns 03 September 2020

New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned that personal hand sanitisers being promoted as blocking bacterial or viral airborne infections are an explosion risk on aircraft. The sanitisers involve substances which can cause a chemical reaction to occur that poses an explosion risk, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reports....

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Calls for Australian energy giant to pay out A$200m to clean up decaying FPSO it operated until 2016 14 August 2020

An Australian government review has recommended that past owners of offshore production sites should be made liable for remediation costs after they have sold a site. The review came after calls were made for energy giant Woodside Petroleum to pay around A$200m (£109m) to clean up an FPSO in the Timor Sea which it owned until 2016....

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Calls for Chevron gas project in Australia to be shut down after cracks found in critical components 28 July 2020

Energy giant Chevron is facing calls to shut down its Gorgon natural gas project on the west coast of Australia after thousands of cracks, some measuring up to one metre long and 30 millimetres deep, were discovered on critical components. The Gorgon gas project comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day....

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