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U.S. Mine Fatalities Down Slightly from 2012

July 31, 2013 3:32 pm | News | Comments

According to federal mine safety regulators with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, 18 miners miners have been killed on the job nationwide so far this year. That number is down slightly from the 19 fatalities documented through the first half of 2012.

La. Explosives Company Officials Plead Not Guilty

July 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that lead to the evacuation of a nearby small town.

Blowout Could Tip Regulator Focus to Shallow-Water

July 31, 2013 3:27 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited.


Examining One of History's Deadliest Explosions

July 31, 2013 12:29 pm | by Travel Channel | Videos | Comments

The Travel Channel looks back at the deadliest explosion in U.S. history. One hundred people were killed in the initial explosion of a freighter in Texas City in 1947. When the fire spreads, igniting a nearby vessel, things get much worse.

Industrial Doorway Accident Prompts Air Curtain Installation For Safety

July 31, 2013 12:13 pm | by J.W. Murdoch and Sons | Articles | Comments

After several near-misses culminating with an injurious forklift truck collision involving strip curtains, a Northeast Ohio metal fabricator and manufacturer searched for creative solutions to improve safety, energy efficiency, and productivity at a high traffic ground level material handling doorway.

Chemical Company Increases Routing Efficiency

July 31, 2013 11:53 am | by TankLink | Articles | Comments

When ChemStation, the Ohio-based supplier of environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals, was in its infancy as a company, founder and CEO George Homan recognized an immediate challenge — one that would help determine whether ChemStation would survive those early years so perilous to all new businesses.

EPA: Enbridge Nearly Tripling Oil Spill Dredging

July 31, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Enbridge Inc. will nearly triple the amount of contaminated sediment it dredges in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up after a July 2010 oil pipeline spill, the EPA announced Tuesday. The 30-inch pipeline from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind., spilled in Talmadge Creek, a Kalamazoo River tributary.

North Dakota Oil Patch Company Fined $1.5M

July 31, 2013 10:16 am | News | Comments

After last year's promise of punishment, North Dakota's Industrial Commission on Tuesday levied a record $1.5 million civil fine against an oil and gas company for allegedly endangering a drinking water source for a county in the southwest of the state.


Cause of Fla. Gas Plant Explosion Being Investigated

July 31, 2013 10:10 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Equipment malfunction and human error are among the possible causes of a series of explosions that spawned a 20-by-20 foot fireball at a central Florida propane plant and left eight injured, authorities said. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said sabotage was not suspected.

Oil Slick Spreads As Cleanup Continues on Thai Island

July 31, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand has spread to nearby smaller isles, officials said Wednesday, as authorities raced to clean up the island's once-white sands and clear waters. The black tide of crude oil that washed up in Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island on Sunday night has been partly cleaned up.

Explosion Fuels Protests of China Chemical Plants

July 31, 2013 10:02 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday's explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene in Zhangzhou city in southeastern Fujian has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

Gulf Relief Well Drilling Expected to Take Month

July 31, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

Crews are expected this week to begin drilling a relief well at the site of a natural gas well that blew wild off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The work to drill into and then plug the well with mud and cement is expected to take about 35 days.

Fracking: Drilling into Common Myths

July 30, 2013 10:22 am | by Kait Vosswinkel, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

As hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” becomes more common, the industry waits for public understanding of this process to catch up to recent advances in the field. Here, we take a look at four common myths about fracking and drill down to find the truth.


8 Injured in Massive Explosions at Central Fla. Gas Plant

July 30, 2013 10:08 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent "boom after boom after boom" through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least three in critical condition. There were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night.

Chinese Man Stands Trial for Poisoning Dumplings

July 30, 2013 9:59 am | News | Comments

A former food plant worker in China confessed in court on Tuesday to poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008, a scandal that strained Beijing-Tokyo relations just months before China hosted the Olympic Games.

China Explosion Fuels Environmental Concerns

July 30, 2013 9:50 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Tuesday at a Chinese plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added fuel to a growing movement opposing such plants, on the same day that a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

Oil Train Safety Rule Delayed by 1 Year

July 29, 2013 11:00 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration has delayed by nearly a year a plan to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery explosion that killed at least 47 people in Canada this month. Officials began work on the rule more than a year before an oil train derailed and exploded in Quebec on July 6.

Thailand Resort Beach Blackened by Oil Spill

July 29, 2013 10:56 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province on Saturday morning from a leak in a pipeline.

Ameren Says Nuclear Plant to Stay Closed for Days

July 29, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

A central Missouri nuclear plant is expected to remain shut down for several days while Ameren Missouri workers perform tests and repair damage from a small fire Friday night. Ameren says the nuclear reactor automatically shut down and no radioactivity was released.

Never Bypass Lockout/Tagout During Repairs

July 29, 2013 9:44 am | by Judie Smithers, Editor — Workplace Safety, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Lockout/tagout procedures assure authorized employees that the equipment is safe to work on. Locking out process equipment can become very complicated very quickly. Paying close attention to the following a few key concerns will decrease the risks.

TEPCO Says It Was Reluctant to Worry Public Over Leak

July 26, 2013 10:15 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant said Friday that it delayed acknowledging that the plant was leaking contaminated water into the sea because it did not want to worry the public until it was certain there was a problem. The plant suffered multiple meltdowns after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed its power and cooling systems.

US: Halliburton Agrees to Plead Guilty in Spill

July 26, 2013 10:08 am | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal investigation charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.

Fire Out on Gulf Well That 'Snuffed Itself Out'

July 26, 2013 10:06 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY & KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A drilling rig that caught fire after a natural gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico appears stable now that the fire is out, and there was no sign of any oil sheen on a fly-over Thursday morning, a rig company executive said. The well had blown wild Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of 44 workers.

Vibration Detection for a Safe, Reliable Plant Floor

July 26, 2013 9:36 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

There is no such thing as a vibration free machine,” says Steve Matthews, business manager of VibrAlign’s service company, PdM Solutions, Inc. Rotor unbalance, sheave misalignment, worn bearings, loose bolts, and bearing lubrication issues can affect every machine on the plant floor.

Sediment Clogs Wild Natural Gas Well in the Gulf

July 25, 2013 11:18 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY & KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe, regulators said Thursday. The well "bridged over," the line blocked by sand and sediment that filled in the area being drilled.

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