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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.


Court Petition Seeks EPA Action on Pesticide Drift

July 25, 2013 11:14 am | News | Comments

Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities. Pesticide Action Network, the United Farmworkers of America and other groups filed the petition Wednesday in San Francisco federal court.

Fuel Removed from Shuttered San Onofre Reactor

July 25, 2013 11:12 am | News | Comments

Workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant have finished removing highly radioactive fuel from its Unit 2 reactor, marking a milestone as the plant fades into early retirement. Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International, announced last month it was closing the twin-reactor plant.

Generator Flaw Shuts Down Western NY Nuclear Plant

July 25, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a generator fault caused a western New York nuclear plant to automatically shut down as a safety precaution. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman said the plant's reactor was stopped by control rods just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

DOE: Fracking Chemicals Didn't Contaminate Water

July 25, 2013 10:25 am | by WDTV | Videos | Comments

A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy and based on a year of monitoring reports no evidence to support claims that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing operations have contaminated drinking water aquifers in western Pennsylvania.

Mobile Ductless Fume Hood

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science USA’s mobile ductless fume hood is totally self-contained and provides all-around visibility. The unit is easily moved from laboratory to laboratory, and allows for easy installation.

Fire Breaks Out on Evacuated Gulf Gas Well

July 24, 2013 10:16 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast caught fire late Tuesday, hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from the drilling rig following a mid-morning blowout, a federal agency confirmed. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Salsa Recalled After Glass Pieces Found in Jars

July 24, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

Olam Tomato Processors Inc. announced the recall Tuesday of its Mild Chunky Salsa with best-by dates of June 2015 and October 2015, and Medium Chunky Salsa with a best by date of July 2015 after large glass pieces were found in some jars.

Congresswoman Seeks to Block Fracking Funding in Inglewood Oil Field

July 24, 2013 9:26 am | by Rep. Karen Bass | Videos | Comments

Rep. Karen Bass introduced an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 that calls for no federal funds to be used to implement, administer or enforce fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field for the coming fiscal year.

Nuclear Plant Likely Leaking Radioactive Water into Sea

July 22, 2013 10:13 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. The delayed announcement underscores the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis.

Pemex Pipe Explodes in Central Mexico, 7 Injured

July 22, 2013 10:09 am | News | Comments

A pipeline explosion Sunday that injured seven people and sent flames and smoke shooting hundreds of feet into the air in central Mexico was caused by illegal tapping, Mexico's state-owned oil company said. The pre-dawn explosion in a farm field injured four police officers and three firefighters.

Fire Damages Pa. Chemical Plant

July 22, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

A fire has damaged a chemical plant in central Pennsylvania, but officials say the blaze posed no risk to the nearby community. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports the fire broke out Sunday morning at the Lonza Inc. plant in Williamsport.

TEPCO Sees Steam But No Crisis at Nuclear Plant

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Steam or vapors appeared to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Thursday, but the plant operator said radiation levels were steady. The video images showed a small amount of vapor or steam, but the origin wasn't clear.

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