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U.S. Refineries’ Accident Risk on Rise Due to Labor Shortage
Jan 3- After years of running flat out, U.S. Gulf Coast refiners are lining up repairs to plants in 2017 – but facing a severe labor shortage that could delay work, drive up costs and raise accident risks.
Calumet fined for safety violation in May 20 fatal accident
Dec 28- Shreveport's Calumet refinery has been fined $7,000 in connection with the death in May of one of its workers.
DNREC issues violation notification to Delaware City refinery
Dec 27- Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued a violation notification to the Delaware City Refining Company for transporting crude oil beyond its limitation restrictions.
GSK fined £55,000 over 2013 explosion at Scottish plant that injured two employees
Dec 22- The Daily Record reported on December 21 that the parent company of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined £55,000 for health and safety failings following an explosion at the Irvine plant in Scotland over three years ago which left two employees injured.
Environmentalists plan to sue Pasadena refinery for Clean Air Act violations
Dec 22- Two environmental advocacy groups have given a Pasadena refinery official notice of their intent to sue in federal court under the Clean Air Act on allegations the refinery spewed out illegal levels of particulate matter, by the hour, over the course of five years.
EPA looks to mitigate chemical plant disasters
Dec 21- A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation aims to minimize the harm to local communities from disasters at chemical plants.
Martinez: County issues advisory after Shell refinery incident
Dec 20- Contra Costa County issued a public health advisory for residents of Pacheco and Martinez after a power outage led to flaring at the Shell refinery Monday afternoon, officials said.
Couple sues Irving-based Fluor over explosion at Mexican chemical plant that killed 32, hurt 136
Dec 20- A husband and wife are suing an Irving-based engineering and construction company for its role in an April explosion at a chemical plant in southern Mexico that killed 32 workers and injured at least 136.
Azerbaijan oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record
Dec 20- UK-based oil and gas news and recruitment website Oil and Gas People has penned a very critical article on Azerbaijan state-owned oil company SOCAR for its safety record over the last few years.
Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Shut Down
Dec 19- Pilgrim nuclear plant remained shut down Monday after a leak Thursday.
Valero Energy’s Corpus Christi refinery sued after water contamination
Dec 15- A Corpus Christi attorney filed a lawsuit Thursday against Valero Energy Corp.’s refinery there less than 24 hours after the city issued a warning to its 320,000 residents telling them not to drink or shower with the water because it may have been contaminated in an industrial “back-flow incident.”
Romanian oil company sent to court for manslaughter after blast at Petromidia refinery
Dec 15- Prosecutors from the Prosecutor’s Office attached to Constanta Court of Appeal sent to court Romanian oil company Rompetrol Rafinare and contractor Rominserv in a case related to the blast at Petromidia refinery, earlier this year, which resulted in the death of two people.
OSHA Issues Citations for Safety Violations at Mountaire's Selbyville Processing Plant
Dec 13- Poultry company Mountaire Farms has been issued citations for a total of five serious safety violations following an inspection of its processing plant in Selbyville.
Leaked BP report reveals risk of lethal accidents
Dec 13- BP has come close to at least two potentially lethal accidents as a result of shortcomings in the way it monitors the safety of its refineries and petrochemicals plants, according to an internal report seen by the Financial Times.
Oil Refinery Workers Face Dangerous Conditions, Deadly Explosions
Dec 13- Moore was midway through a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. shift as an operator at the Tesoro Corporation’s oil refinery in Anacortes, an island town 80 miles north of Seattle. It was 35 minutes after midnight on April 2, 2010.
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