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Colorado oil and gas spill report for Dec. 7

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release that may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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Hydrogen sulfide concerns in West Texas oil well blowout

New Mexico Oil Well

SEMINOLE, Texas — Emergency officials have evacuated a 2-mile radius near a West Texas oil well that blew out and spewed a mixture of dangerous hydrogen sulfide. Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes says nobody was hurt in Tuesday morning’s accident at a rural site about 4 miles east-northeast of Seminole. Keyes says about two dozen homes were evacuated, as a ...

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Petitioners plead for coal plant closure

LAKELAND — Members of Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign bolstered their earlier economic case to scrap Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh coal-burning Unit 3 generator with arguments for its closure. The group, part of a national campaign to wean the nation off coal, delivered 727 petitions to the City Commission calling for the 364-megawatt coal burner’s demise, presumably signed by residents in ...

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BNSF fined for tardy reporting of spills along railway

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state regulators have fined BNSF Railway $71,700 for tardy reporting of crude oil leaks and other hazardous material spills along the state’s railway. The Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday approved a settlement agreement between the railroad and its staff. But the UTC removed a provision that would have suspended $40,000 of the penalty if the ...

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Managing fatigue to prevent injuries

Tired of hearing about fatigue management? We are a society of people that are constantly tired and stressed, and we struggle with making good decisions about our nutrition every day. Many of us are so accustomed to living with fatigue that it’s easy to overlook how it affects our safety consciousness and puts us and our co-workers at serious risk. ...

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Local business settles OSHA case

FORT EDWARD — A. Hyatt Ball Co. has reached a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over 48 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws. The citations were issued in April, after an employee’s complaint resulted in an OSHA inspection of the company’s 1 School St. manufacturing facility. At last report, Hyatt Ball employed about seven people. The ...

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Class-action lawsuit filed over Porter Ranch gas leak

In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, provided by Southern California Gas Co. shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts try to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility's Aliso Canyon facility near the Northridge section of Los Angeles. Residents who say the uncontrolled leak from a massive natural gas storage field is making them sick plan to speak at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, and demand a full investigation of the leak, its causes and possible solutions. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP, File)

A group of Porter Ranch residents are suing Southern California Gas Co. and a state regulatory agency over a gas leak at a nearby storage facility that has gone on for more than a month. Residents have been complaining of health problems, including nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, since the leak began at the Aliso Canyon facility on Oct. 23. The ...

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Train safety provisions included in U.S. transportation bill

The mammoth five-year federal transportation bill that lawmakers hope to send to President Barack Obama early next week includes provisions, championed by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), that would require railroads to share critical safety information with local communities. “This legislation provides the transparency we’ve been begging and asking Canadian Pacific railroad for,” Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy said during ...

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Officials: worker burned at Delaware City refinery

DELAWARE CITY, Del. — Delaware authorities say a worker was burned at a refinery in Delaware City. New Castle County Paramedics said in a statement that they were called Sunday evening to the Delaware City Refinery Company for a report of an injured worker. Paramedics say when they arrived they found a 62-year-old man with burns on his face and ...

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