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Smoke forces Syncrude to shutdown all operations
May 7- For the first time in Syncrude’s nearly 40 year history, the plant is pulling all three chokers off-line and evacuating all from both the mining and upgrading operations, officials said Saturday.
Lyondell Houston SRU power outage triggers flaring: sources
May 3- A power outage on a sulfur recovery unit at Lyondell Basell Industries' 263,776 barrel per day (bpd) Houston refinery on Tuesday morning triggered the plant's safety flare system and an erroneous report of a fire to a Houston community information line, said Gulf Coast market sources.
Fatal Volga explosion leads to OSHA fines
Apr 29- Federal workplace safety regulators have cited two companies for failing to warn a welder about explosive gases that contributed to a fatal Volga soybean plant explosion.
Woods Cross refinery suffers $100K in damages after fire
Apr 27- An asphalt refinery in Woods Cross was in danger of blowing up Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out in one of the furnaces, sending huge clouds of thick, black smoke into the air.
Broken furnace pipe to blame for Woods Cross refinery fire
Apr 27- Investigators have determined a broken pipe inside a furnace was to blame for a blaze at the Foreland Refinery in Woods Cross Tuesday afternoon.
Cleanaway Operations, formerly Transpacific Industries, faces $1.5m fine in SA court over chemical fire
Apr 21- A WASTE company has admitted responsibility for a 2013 chemical fire that injured an employee, and now faces a maximum $1.5 million fine.
EPA Files Complaint Against Anacortes Refinery Alleging Chemical Accident Prevention Violations
Apr 21- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed a complaint against the Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company (Tesoro) petroleum refinery in Anacortes, Washington,...
HSE Business Plan 2016/17 to focus on low-frequency, high-impact catastrophic incidents
Apr 19- The Health & Safety Executive’s latest business plan, published in April, has low-frequency, high-impact catastrophic incidents as one of its particular areas of focus.
Two Peoria companies among 4 cited by OSHA in fatal explosion in Springfield
Apr 19- Federal inspectors have cited four companies as part of an investigation into a fatal explosion last October at the Springfield Metro Sanitary District’s Sugar Creek plant.
3 years after West, potentially explosive chemicals remain near schools, homes across Texas
Apr 16- Over the years that the big white shed loomed in fields by the railroad tracks, this small town slowly crept up around it.
The CSB's Investigation into Macondo Disaster Finds Offshore Risk Management and Regulatory Oversight Still Inadequate in Gulf of Mexico
Apr 13- Offshore regulatory changes made thus far do not do enough to place the onus on industry to reduce risk, nor do they sufficiently empower the regulator to proactively oversee industry’s efforts to prevent another disaster like the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, an independent investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) warns.
Popeyes spice company cited for safety violations
Apr 12- Diversified Foods and Seasonings LLC has been cited by the federal government for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals, electrical dangers and fall hazards, according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Frequent accidents make life around Attock Oil Refinery miserable
Apr 12- Attock Oil Refinery (AOR) has become dangerous place generally for the entire capital city but especially for the people living nearby the refinery as in last ten days two oil tankers have met accidents due to which normal traffic was suspended on the main Morgah Road and inflammable oil was spilled from the tanker.
NWCAA alleges multiple failures by Shell Puget Sound Refinery in February 2015 chemical release
Apr 12- Shell Puget Sound Refinery, located on March Point in Anacortes, allegedly took shortcuts in shutting down and decontaminating its east flare system, leading to the release of chemicals on Feb. 20, 2015, that affected hundreds of people.
CEO of US coal company where blast killed 29 given prison sentence
Apr 7- Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $250,000 on April 6 for his role in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine coal mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 workers.
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