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A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

Feds: No More Animal Tests With Spill Chemical

June 27, 2014 10:33 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite rejection from federal health officials, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is still pushing for more animal studies to understand what health effects may surface years after the January chemical spill into West Virginia's biggest water supply.             

Pipeline Blast Kills 15

June 27, 2014 10:22 am | by OMER FAROOQ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Friday, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said.

Jury Awards Gas Blast Victim $20M

June 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California Gas Co. must pay nearly $20 million to a man who was badly injured in a gas explosion, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday.                             

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States Confront Worries About Fracking & Earthquakes

June 25, 2014 4:41 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, KRISTI EATON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent years, earthquakes have become commonplace in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Most were too weak to cause serious damage, but they've rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to oil and gas fracking, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.

Oil Train Data Reveals Heavy Traffic

June 25, 2014 10:20 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.                 

Hormonal Impacts Of Fracking Chemicals

June 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Endocrine Society | News | Comments

A new study extended the analysis to learn whether high-use fracking chemicals changed other key hormone receptors besides the estrogen and androgen receptors. Specifically, the researchers looked at the receptor for a female reproductive hormone, as well as those for a hormone important to the immune system and for a thyroid hormone. 

Kevlar Vest Hits 1 Million Milestone

June 24, 2014 11:01 am | by DuPont | News | Comments

DuPont Protection Technologies announced that over one million bullet-resistant vests made with DuPont™ Kevlar® XP™ have been sold globally since the advanced material was launched at Eurosatory in 2008.                  

Pipeline Eruption Causes Concern

June 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas health officials on Monday were at the site of natural gas pipeline eruption in eastern Kansas, where crops and trees have withered since a dark, oily plume burst from the line while crews were trying to perform maintenance.                

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Controlling Dust With Curtain Walls

June 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks | Articles | Comments

Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.

Fireworks Plant Explosion Under Investigation

June 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly blast at a fireworks plant in Washington state came as workers were preparing shells for shipping, an Entertainment Fireworks official says. Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the state Department of Labor and Industries are investigating.

Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

June 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Grainger | Articles | Comments

Fortunately, emergency eyewashes and showers often go unused, so it's criticial to test these devices regularly to help ensure they will function properly in an emergency. Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage.

Violence Breaks Out At Oil Refinery

June 18, 2014 4:26 pm | by SAMEER N. YACOUB, QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country's main oil refinery and said they regained partial control of a city near the Syrian border, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by Sunni militants who diplomats fear may have also seized some 100 foreign workers.

1 Dead, 2 Hurt In Fireworks Plant Explosion

June 18, 2014 4:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The man died while awaiting an airlift to a regional trauma center, Thurston County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Greg Elwin said. Two others were hurt in the explosion near Tenino, Washington and have been taken to hospitals.                                      

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Montana Will Release Oil Train Details

June 18, 2014 4:20 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana officials said they intend to release details next week on the frequency of oil trains passing through the state, despite efforts by railroads to keep the information from the public after a string of fiery accidents raised safety concerns. 

Washington Residents Rail Against Oil Shipments

June 18, 2014 10:27 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Numerous speakers told a state Senate committee that they oppose the rapid increase in railcars carrying crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota and Montana through the state.                                  

Angry Factory Workers Kill CEO In Dispute

June 16, 2014 3:51 pm | by PRASANTA PAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

An angry mob of workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.                    

OSHA Never Inspected Sugar Beet Plant Before Accident

June 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in an industrial accident this year.                    

Nuclear Industry Explores Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 11:18 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to develop tougher protective skins for nuclear fuel, hoping to spur innovation in designs that hadn't changed much in years.                

Feds Inspecting Less Than Half Of High-Risk Wells

June 16, 2014 11:15 am | by HOPE YEN, THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

Washington Governor Wants Agencies Studying Oil Train Risks

June 13, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing new safety and environmental risks as more crude oil moves by train through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee directed state agencies to evaluate the safety of oil transport in the state.                       

Lawsuit Filed Against Nuclear Contractor

June 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jodi Stanton, the wife of an exposed worker, filed the lawsuit in federal court involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium.                       

6 Killed In Steel Plant Explosion

June 13, 2014 9:56 am | by INDRAJIT SINGH, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant, a plant spokesman said.                           

Nebraska Company Cited For Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that it has placed the Geneva-based Bioiberica Nebraska in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.                       

Explosion Closes Plant For 30 Days

June 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Plum Creek Timber Co. official says the company's Columbia Falls fiberboard plant will be closed for about a month following explosions and a fire.                          

Drilling States Investigate Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 10:13 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts from energy companies, government agencies and universities across the U.S. on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.                                

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