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Coal Miner Deaths Surged in 2017 After Record Lows

The number of coal miner deaths surged in 2017 after hitting record lows in 2015 and 2016. Reporting federal labor statistics, the Associated Press said that 15 coal miner deaths were recorded in 2017. Eight of those coal miner deaths occurred in West Virginia mines; two of the deaths occurred in Kentucky; and there was one coal miner death each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. The spate of coal miner deaths in 2017 is seen by some safety advocates and legislators as an alarming reversal of a coal mine trend brought on by policies instituted after the deadly ... Read More

Greyhound Bus Crash Kills Girl, Injures 12 Others in Utah

A Greyhound bus veered off the shoulder of I-70 in Utah late New Year’s Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring a dozen others, including three in serious condition. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are on their way to the scene of the Greyhound bus crash in Emery County in the central part of Utah. The Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release that the Greyhound bus was traveling west on Interstate 70 to Las Vegas when it careened off the highway about 11 p.m. Sunday. “The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately ... Read More

Anadarko Benzene Spill Cleanup Underway In Colorado

Cleanup efforts are underway to remove tons of benzene contaminated soil and water from an Anadarko battery tank site in Dacono, Colorado, a community just east of Boulder. The Texas-based petroleum corporation notified the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the agency that regulates the state’s fossil fuels industry, of the toxic benzene spill, which it discovered when excavating an old pump earlier this month. Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical that is formed in natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires, but most exposures to benzene result from oil and gas production, factory waste, and other human activities. ... Read More

Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More

Colorado UPS Worker’s arm severed in Conveyor Belt Accident

A UPS worker’s arm was severed in an industrial conveyor belt accident in Loveland, Colorado last week. While a UPS employee was utilizing a conveyor belt, his arm became caught in the machine and was detached, according to The Reporter Herald. While Thompson Valley Emergency Medical Services and Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA) were called to the scene, other UPS workers placed the man in a private vehicle and headed north on U.S. 287. The emergency dispatchers then called the workers transporting the injured man and instructed them to turn around and head the other way, where an ambulance met them on the ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Deadly Natural Gas Explosion Leads To New Pipeline Safety Rules In Colorado

Colorado has announced new gas pipeline safety measures that could be adopted in the wake of a natural gas explosion that killed two people in their home in April. According to the Coloradoan, Governor John Hickenlooper said that the new regulations would require energy utilities to mark the location of underground lines at the property owner’s request. In the weeks following the deadly blast, Governor Hickenlooper originally called for a comprehensive state map of flow lines that could be publicly available. But on Tuesday he said “there are a lot of concerns about having a database like that available, of ... Read More

Prenatal nausea: Is cannabis a safe treatment option?

Canna Tech in a recent article suggests that cannabis might be a safer alternative for treating prenatal nausea than prescription medications. “Research suggests that not only is cannabis use during pregnancy safer than tobacco, alcohol, and other substances, but if used in moderation, it can possibly be a better option for treating prenatal symptoms than standard prescription medications…. Various anti nausea medications are prescribed to pregnant women suffering from severe morning sickness, some of the most common ones being zofran, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), ondansetron, and diclectin. Most of these medications have a rather colorful history of lawsuits and studies ... Read More

New Parachute Pipeline Planned after Benzene Spill

The natural gas pipeline responsible for the major leak that contaminated Parachute Creek in Garfield County, Colorado, is scheduled for replacement. The Daily Sentinel reports that Williams, a leading gas company in the North America region, is making plans to replace the liquid gas pipeline after the U.S. Department of Transportation declared authority to regulate the line. Williams hopes to launch the replacement plan this year, which involves the installation of a new line about 2,000 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter. The line will be fed through a bore 400 feet in length at least 17 feet beneath Parachute Creek. The ... Read More

How Does Fracking Threaten Health, Environment?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it’s more commonly known, is the process of extracting oil and gas from subterranean layers of bedrock by forcing open fissures with liquid at high pressure. Fracking has become a major form of energy extraction in recent years and affects about one-third of the land in the lower 48 states. Just three states – Maryland, New York and Vermont – have banned fracking. Although fracking is widespread and its existence is well known, many people are not aware of the dangers this form of oil and gas extraction pose. Food & Water Watch, a national ... Read More