JAN 03 2014

Some Comments on the CSB Chevron Regulatory Report Draft

California, Chemical Safety Board, Government, Industrial Accident, Infrastructure, Insurance, Liability insurance, Oil refineries, Petroleum in the Environment, United States

The safety case regulatory regime is touted as a “tripartite system consisting of active and equal participation from the regulator, workforce, and industry.” Indeed, a potentially, more socially beneficial regime would be a quadripartite system that includes the neighbors of the regulated facilities. The neighbors are often aware of problems that workers don’t or won’t…

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APR 18 2013

West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Industrial Accident, Infrastructure

The West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion is an example of hazardous infrastructure built too close to residential areas.  Consideration should be given to having the risk management plans (RMPs) for industrial facilities and other commercial enterprises conducted by regulatory agencies (or their agents) rather than by the agents of these facilities’ owners.  Within the red…

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NOV 15 2012

Hydraulic Fracturing Risk

Industrial Accident

The following article is an introduction to hydraulic fracturing risk from www.ProPublica.org:     Natural Gas Drilling: What We Don’t Know by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, Dec. 31, 2009, 2:48 p.m. It takes brute force to wrest natural gas from the earth. Millions of gallons of chemical-laden water mixed with sand — under enough pressure to…

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NOV 15 2012

Pipeline Risk

Industrial Accident, Pipes and Fittings

Following is a recent interesting article from www.ProPublica.org on pipeline risks: Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines? by Lena Groeger ProPublica, Nov. 15, 2012, 2:27 p.m. At 6:11 p.m. on September 6, 2011, San Bruno, Calif. 911 received an urgent call. A gas station had just exploded and a fire…

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NOV 15 2012

Injection Wells Risk

Industrial Accident

Following is a good recent article from www.ProPublica.org on potential injection well risks: Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, June 21, 2012, 8:20 a.m. Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s…

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JUL 14 2012

Hydraulic Fracturing Risk: The Sky is Pink (video)

Activism, Industrial Accident

The highlighted video link opens an interesting video about the risks of hydraulic fracturing in New York State. See The Sky is Pink Video Link .

APR 09 2011

Fukushima

Earthquake, Industrial Accident, Miscellaneous, Tsunami

Image via Wikipedia STATUS OF FUKUSHIMA Related articles IAEA Japan Nuclear Radiation Simulation & Wind Forecast Map (judydudiak.wordpress.com)

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