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Firefighters Were Unprepared For West, TX Accident

May 16, 2014 10:26 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of the blaze, which was too big for them to fight, state investigators said in a new report.                             

Turkey Denies Negligence

May 16, 2014 10:06 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday and senior Turkish officials denied allegations of lax government oversight four days after at least 284 people died in a coal mine explosion and fire.                

Explosion At Steel Mill Injures 6

May 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators were trying Friday to determine the cause of the blast at Gerdau Ameristeel Mill in north Knoxville. Corcoran said it occurred in a part of the plant where a furnace melts down the metal.                    

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Layoff Notice Preceded Fatal WV Mine Accident

May 15, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Weeks before an underground accident killed two workers, employees at a problem-plagued West Virginia mine were notified that they may lose their jobs because the coal was selling for less than the cost of digging it out.                     

Some Of History's Worst Mine Disasters

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of what seems to be a never-ending news cycle of mine disasters, let's take a look back at some of the worst in history.                                                 

Investigators Share West, TX Findings With Families

May 15, 2014 10:15 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The men who died last year fighting a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that then exploded have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.                          

Lawsuit Filed Over El Dorado Chemical Plant Blast

May 15, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a south Arkansas chemical plant that exploded in 2012 has filed a federal lawsuit in Oklahoma against a French company that supplied industrial gas for the facility.                          

Turkish Miner Death Toll Rises To 282

May 15, 2014 10:05 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue teams recovered another eight victims, raising the death toll to 282, with some 142 people still unaccounted for, according to government figures. The disaster Tuesday has set off protests around Turkey and thrown Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential ambitions off stride. Blackening his reputation further, one of Erdogan's aides was accused of kicking a protester on the ground.

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5 Facts About The Wharton Mine Accident

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two coal miners were killed Monday night while working at the Brody Mine No. 1 in West Virginia. Here are five things to know about the mine and what happened...                             

The Risks Of Retreat Mining

May 14, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The two workers killed in an underground coal mine were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal.                             

238 Dead In Coal Mine Explosion

May 14, 2014 9:31 am | by DESMOND BUTLER, SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The last worker rescued alive emerged from the mine around dawn, a government official said on condition of anonymity because she didn't have prior authorization to speak publicly to journalists about the issue. As of 3:30 p.m., it had been about 10 hours since anyone had been brought out alive.

3 Miners Killed During Strike

May 13, 2014 11:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tension is rising in South Africa's platinum mine sector, where police are struggling to keep order after three miners working in defiance of a strike were killed in separate incidents.                      

Charges Filed In Runaway Oil Train Disaster

May 13, 2014 11:08 am | by BENJAMIN SHINGLER, ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three employees of the railway company involved in the runaway oil train disaster that killed 47 people last summer are due to appear in court Tuesday to face criminal negligence charges in the small Quebec town that was partially incinerated by exploding tanker cars.

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2 Deaths In WV Coal Mine Collapse

May 13, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal officials say two workers died when the ground failed at a West Virginia mine with a history of safety violations.                                     

ND Oil Worker Death At 6X The National Average

May 13, 2014 10:42 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota has the country's highest death rate for workers in the oil, gas and mining sector, at more than six times the national average, and an even higher rate among construction workers, according to a new report from the nation's largest labor union.

Illinois Nuclear Plant Releases Emergency Plan

May 12, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Exelon Corp. is releasing its emergency plans to people who live in the area surrounding a northern Illinois nuclear plant.                                 

Government Failed To Inspect High-Risk Wells

May 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.                 

Embroidery Factory Explosion Injures 33

May 12, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say an explosion at a small embroidery factory in western Indian has injured 33 people.                                                 

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ExxonMobil Donates To Tornado Recovery Effort

May 9, 2014 11:39 am | by CHRISTINA HUYNH, Associated Press | News | Comments

ExxonMobil has donated $250,000 to aid recovery efforts in the state from last week's severe storms that included a deadly tornado.                                      

BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents  MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press   BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a high

Railroad: Emergency Order Will Not Affect Oil Shipments

May 9, 2014 11:35 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The main railroad moving crude oil out of the rich Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana said a new federal emergency order on rail shipments will not affect shipments.                             

Emergency Order Issued For Crude Oil Trains

May 8, 2014 10:51 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Transportation Department issued an emergency order requiring that railroads inform state emergency management officials about the movement of large shipments of crude oil through their states and urged shippers not to use older model tanks cars that are easily ruptured in accidents, even at slow speeds.

Wax Plant Fire Cause Still Unknown

May 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal fire investigators say an explosion and fire at a northwestern Pennsylvania wax plant was accidental, though they haven't described the specific cause.                      

Side Effects Of The Fracking Boom

May 5, 2014 2:38 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation's roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment.

Steel Mill Accident Injures 9

May 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal, state and county officials are investigating after a building collapse at the former Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County that injured nine workers, four of them critically.                     

Death Toll Climbs To 12 In Mine Accident

May 5, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More bodies have been pulled from a collapsed gold mine in southwestern Colombia, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities to 12.                                    

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