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Industrial Disasters

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  • Two York supervisors fear oil train derailment

    Two York supervisors fear oil train derailment
    After a train hauling North Dakota crude oil to the transfer station in Yorktown derailed and shot fireballs into the skies of Mount Carbon, W.Va., some York County supervisors want more regulations to protect citizens. "I was thinking, 'Holy mackerel...
  • Oil refineries need to heed concerns, implement safety improvements

    Oil refineries need to heed concerns, implement safety improvements
    "The most important thing is to shelter in place, stay indoors, no outdoor activity, turn the air conditioners off, keep the windows closed.” This was the instruction Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey gave to neighbors of the Exxon Mobil refinery,...
  • EPA: No chemicals detected in air near oil train fire

    EPA: No chemicals detected in air near oil train fire
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says no chemicals have been detected in the air near an oil train that derailed and burst into flames in western Illinois. The agency said Friday that it's conducting air monitoring, taking water samples and...
  • Derailments put oil train expansion in the crosshairs

    WASHINGTON After a BNSF Railway oil train derailed and burst into flames Thursday near Galena, Ill., at least one community group has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend permits for rail expansions along the upper Mississippi River. Of...
  • 22 Marines exposed to fire retardant in California accident

    22 Marines exposed to fire retardant in California accident
    Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. An equipment...
  • 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...
  • BNSF: Oil train derailment near Galena involved safer tank cars

    BNSF: Oil train derailment near Galena involved safer tank cars
    The two rail cars that split open and burst into flames when an oil train derailed near Galena were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, the railroad said. Thursday's accident in a rural area...