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Texas inches to tighter rules 2 years after fertilizer blast
May 2- One chamber of the Texas Legislature passed the first measure to regulate the storage of chemicals since a fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West more than two years ago, killing 15 people and devastating a wide area around the plant.
Natural Gas Plant Explosion Cause by Air in Tank
May 1- An explosion at a natual gas plant in Plymouth, WA last year was caused by air being in one of the tanks on site.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission finds 3 violations at Millstone, 2 considered for enforcement
May 1- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has identified three apparent violations from 2011 at Unit 2 of the Millstone Power Station, two of which are being considered for escalated enforcement.
Gas leak caused Toronto blast: investigator
Apr 21- Investigators say at least six homes are not structurally sound after a blast flattened one home in northeast Toronto killing one man and damaging 40 nearby homes.
Media focus on a few incidents ignores 99.999 percent safety record
Apr 12- Just like commercial airlines don’t make headlines for the thousands of flights that reach their destination safely each day, you won’t see much media coverage of the stellar safety rate achieved in all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry.
Refinery fire an environmental disaster
Apr 10- The scale of the devastation caused by the blaze that swept through the Africa Sun Oil Refineries in Mobeni two weeks ago has shocked investigators as they continued to sift through the ruins of the south Durban factory this week.
Center for Offshore Safety report highlights U.S. offshore oil and gas industry's safety performance
Apr 9- New data from industry operations and independent third-party audits reveals the U.S. offshore oil and natural gas industry's highest commitment to safety, according to the Center for Offshore Safety's (COS) first annual performance report.
Lessons Learned from Recent Process Safety Incidents
Apr 9- These five incidents demonstrate how seemingly small mistakes or temporary lapses in judgment can result in disaster.
Marathon Petroleum Corp Texas Refinery Faces Safety Concerns Amid USW Strike
Apr 7- Negotiations between the United Steelworkers union and several refineries are still undergoing. According to Reuters, the workers and union representatives in the latest development have expressed concerns regarding the safety conditions and practices at Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE:MPC) Galveston Bay refinery in Texas.
Refinery worker seeks damages for injuries from fire
Apr 3- A refinery worker has sued two companies, alleging negligence in a 2013 fire.
$68,000 penalty for Emerald Services, Inc.
Apr 1- After a dangerous eruption of hot petroleum material, and a second spill a few months later, Emerald Services Inc. faces a $68,000 penalty from the Department of Ecology.
UK company fined after workers’ narrow escape in explosion
Apr 1- A West Yorkshire firm has been fined for safety breaches after its factory was damaged when an industrial oven exploded only minutes after workers had left the area.
Heavy industry firms share info, measures to prevent accidents
Mar 30- Alarmed by the series of serious accidents involving some of their factories in recent months, heavy industry companies are working together to improve operational safety at plants.
U.S. Steel cited by OSHA for "willful violation" in Fairfield plant explosion
Mar 25- United States Steel Corp. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration for "willful violation" that led to the deaths of two workers after a plant explosion in Fairfield last year.
10 years after BP Texas City explosion, CSB and OSHA say more must be done
Mar 24- On March 23, the 10th anniversary of a deadly BP refinery explosion in Texas City, TX, OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board separately reflected on what must be done to better prevent similar tragedies.
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