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Baytown, TX lightning strike causes oil tank explosion


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An oil tank in Baytown, Texas has exploded after being struck by lightning, Click2Houston.com reports. The incident occurred at Holloman Oil Corp. shortly after 1:00 P.M. Two tanks holding a combined 1,400 barrels of crude oil were destroyed as well as three tanks of wastewater. No injuries have been reported. Clouds of black smoke ...

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Chicago wants tighter rules on crude oil trains


Richard Wronski | Chicago Tribune Warning that the frequent railroad trains loaded with crude oil passing through the Chicago area are a “serious risk to public safety,” the City Council is calling for tighter restrictions on the shipments than federal officials proposed in July. Council members on Tuesday also asked that the city and other municipalities be given the authority ...

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Sheriff: Cause of Colorado fire may never be known

The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Investigators believe they know where the Black Forest Fire ignited but they might never know for sure how Colorado’s most destructive fire started, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa (mah-KEE’-tah) said Tuesday. Maketa did not reveal the location during a briefing on the “after-action” report on how his office responded to the fire, ...

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Recent incidents, industry growth spur need for additional firefighter training

By Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune, Colo. Though oil well and tank battery fires aren’t the norm in the Weld County oil patch, they do happen. And as the industry grows in its presence here, those emergencies, as well as increased incidences of traffic accidents, and immediate-threat injuries are becoming more common. When they do, many local firefighting officials ...

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