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Industrial Disasters

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  • California refinery unit was down with problems before blast

    A California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday. The so-called fluid catalytic cracker unit refines gasoline and is critical to...
  • Md. lawmakers call for crude oil risk assessment, more railroad transparency

    Md. lawmakers call for crude oil risk assessment, more railroad transparency
    State lawmakers concerned about increasingly common rail shipments of crude oil through Maryland are calling for the state to conduct a full assessment of the risks and for railroads to be more transparent about their operations. Both CSX Transportation...
  • Four injured by large blast at Torrance refinery

    A large explosion Wednesday at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance sent flames into the air, injuring four and leaving residents with a stark reminder of the dangers that come with living in the South Bay's refinery zone. The blast occurred about 8:...
  • Refinery explosion injures 4; shaking with magnitude of 1.7 earthquake

    Refinery explosion injures 4; shaking with magnitude of 1.7 earthquake
    Four workers suffered minor injuries after a large explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, according to an Exxon spokesman. The explosion was the equivalent of a magnitude 1.7 earthquake, according to Caltech. Residents in...
  • Huge Exxon Mobil explosion a reminder of refinery dangers

    Huge Exxon Mobil explosion a reminder of refinery dangers
    A large explosion Wednesday at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance sent flames into the air, injuring four and leaving residents with a stark reminder of the dangers that come with living in the South Bay’s refinery zone. The blast occurred at...
  • Gas prices jump after Torrance refinery explosion

    Gas prices jump after Torrance refinery explosion
    Wholesale gas prices rose 6 to 10 cents in California after a large explosion at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance injured four workers and shut down a portion of the plant. “The shutdown at the Torrance refinery coupled with the earlier...
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises Hoping to shed its reputation for offering little more than dead-end jobs, Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest private employer, is giving raises to nearly a half-million workers and offering...
  • Judge rejects BP attempt to lessen fines for Gulf spill

    A federal judge has rejected an attempt by BP to lower the fines it faces from its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday agreed with government lawyers that BP should face paying up to $4,300 for each...
  • Feds: Speed doesn't appear to be factor in oil train crash

    Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said Thursday. The CSX train was going 33 mph at the time of Monday's crash in the town of Mount Carbon. The speed limit...
  • Derailment involving North Dakota crude sparks complaints

    The derailment in West Virginia of a train carrying oil from North Dakota is prompting complaints that state and federal governments aren't doing enough to ensure the safe transport of crude by rail. A train carrying 3 million gallons of crude from North...
  • Martin Schram: West Virginia warning flare sends an alarming Keystone truth

    A huge column of fire shot skyward � then fanned out in all directions at once, becoming a massive fireball that seemed to hover over tiny Mount Carbon, which is just downriver from Boomer, West Virginia, which is officially a "census-designated...