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Chevron agrees to pay $2 million for 2012 Bay Area refinery fire

Oil giant Chevron pleaded no contest to six criminal charges and will pay a $2 million fine for its role in an August 2012 refinery fire in Richmond, Calif., that sickened some 15,000 people. The plea bargain has angered local residents and environmentalists alike, who say the fine amounts to a slap on the wrist for a company that pulled in $241 billion in revenue last year and which continues to fight or ignore environmental disasters in parts of the world with weak government oversight. The Richmond refinery fire erupted in the evening of August 6, 2012, after a leak ... Read More

Central Florida propane tank plant blast injures eight workers

TAVARES, Fla. – A plant that refills propane tanks like the kind used in backyard barbecue grills exploded around 11 p.m. Monday night, injuring eight plant workers and leading to the evacuation of about 50 homes. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion at the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares, a small community about 30 miles northwest of Orlando, but Tavares fire chief Richard Keith said the likely cause was a combination of equipment failure and human error. Twenty-four people were working at the plant when the blast occurred. Fifteen people were initially reported missing, but they were ... Read More

Under pressure from fracking company, EPA abandons Texas family with flammable well water

A Texas family whose drinking water turned into a bubbling cocktail of deadly methane gas after an energy company started fracking the ground near their home is wondering why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suddenly abandoned its efforts to help them. Steve Lipsky and his family live in the Fort Worth suburb of Weatherford, but they are on the verge of having to abandon their upscale dream home because the water has become so saturated with methane gas, it can be ignited as it runs from the garden hose. In late 2010, the EPA considered the Lipskys’ situation to ... Read More

Gas tanks for dental procedures recalled due to potentially deadly defect

Accutron, Inc. is recalling some of its gas tanks used to deliver nitrous oxide-oxygen to sedate patients during dental procedures because of two customer reports that the flowmeter on the tank was flowing nitrous oxide without any oxygen gas flow. When not mixed with oxygen, inhaling nitrous oxide can lead to temporary and permanent brain damage and death. There have been no injury reports to date. Accutron issued the recall on eight models of the Ultra PC% Cabinet Mount Flowmeter, which includes 206 units. The gas tanks were manufactured from November 2009 to April 2009 and distributed from November 26, ... Read More

Natural gas drilling turns rural state into smog factory

If you had to guess where the most polluted air in the United States could be found, you might guess Los Angeles or maybe New York. How about Detroit? Atlanta? If you picked any of the country’s large, industrial, traffic-congested cities, you’d have to guess again. But would you ever guess Wyoming – the least populated state in the country – would have the worst air quality? A booming natural gas industry in the Cowboy State has left towns in the once-pristine Green River Basin with toxic smog that has exceeded the levels of ozone in America’s largest cities on their ... Read More

Companies involved in Connecticut gas explosion fined $16.6 million

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the February 7 natural gas explosion at a Kleen Energy power plant construction site in Middletown, Connecticut that killed 6 workers and injured 50 others was the result of safety standards and regulations being “blatantly disregarded” by those in charge. OSHA cited three companies and 14 site contractors involved in the explosion with 371 workplace violations and proposed $16.6 million in penalties following an investigation into the causes of the deadly explosion. In connection with the explosion, OSHA cited O&G Industries Inc., the project’s general contractor; Keystone Construction and Maintenance Inc., which was ... Read More

Pennsylvania natural gas well suspended amid safety concerns

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) have taken emergency action to suspend natural gas drilling operations at the Marcellus Shale Wells near Pittsburgh. A June 3 gas well blowout caused polluted drilling water to spew 75 feet in the air, triggering the evacuation of state park visitors and nearby residents. Government regulators have grown increasingly concerned about the safety of the Marcellus Shale operations since the blowout, which occurred when well operator EOG Resources and contractor C.C. Forbes LLC were performing post-fracturing cleanout activities. The state fined EOG $353,400 ... Read More

Pennsylvania natural gas well suspended amid safety concerns

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) have taken emergency action to suspend natural gas drilling operations at the Marcellus Shale Wells near Pittsburgh. A June 3 gas well blowout caused polluted drilling water to spew 75 feet in the air, triggering the evacuation of state park visitors and nearby residents. Government regulators have grown increasingly concerned about the safety of the Marcellus Shale operations since the blowout, which occurred when well operator EOG Resources and contractor C.C. Forbes LLC were performing post-fracturing cleanout activities. The state fined EOG $353,400 and ... Read More

Pressure test kills one Chicago gas worker, injures another

A Frankfort, Illinois man was killed while conducting pressure tests for Peoples Gas in Chicago Wednesday. According to Chicago Fire Department authorities, Mike Gryga, 41, and his fellow workers, also employees of Peoples Gas, were performing an air pressure test on a section of a 20-inch gas pipe in downtown Chicago below Jackson Boulevard and Wacker Drive at the time of the accident. A Peoples Gas representative told the Frankfort Station newspaper that the incident did not involve an explosion and no natural gas was involved as far as the company could tell. Witnesses told the Frankfort Station that they ... Read More