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November 2010


The Year 2010 CROIERG Annual General Meeting was held at Yass NSW on Friday October 22nd

Peter Dwyer of OAMPS Insurance Brokers was re-elected Chairman of the group and the CROIERG Committee for Year 2011 is: -


Peter Dwyer Chairman (OAMPS Insurance Brokers)

Deputy Chairman

Colin Broom (Caltex Australia Petroleum)

Secretary – Treasurer & Public Officer

Brian O’Connor (OAMPS Insurance Brokers)


Grahame Bowyer (Tasco Inland))


Roland Byrd (Hill & Co –The Dib Group)


Dave Jackman (Caltex Australia Petroleum)


Paul Pulver (Ron Finemore Transport)


Steve Rose (Tasco Inland)


Greg Royston ((Caltex Australia Petroleum)


Brian Withers (Ron Finemore Transport)


Gary Davoren (Transpacific Industries)


Paul Serafin (BP Australia)


Kim Reeson (NSW Fire Brigades)

Peter Dwyer in his chairman’s report summary noted: -

  • CROIERG can be very proud of our achievement in having our two Training Courses gain National Accreditation. Wee acknowledge the excellent work done by TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre of Canberra) in this area
  • Members services have been provided promptly and efficiently
  • Our spill response trailer fleet has again expanded and our entry into Queensland is proof of our aim in providing a spill capability for members on the main transport routes
  • CROIERG is leading the way in Australian Oil Industry Emergency Response and is still adhering to the principles of the mutual aid concept that we undertook at the formation of the group
  • Cooma (NSW Monaro) and Adelaide (South Aust) are being considered for the 2011 placement of spill response trailers


At the AGM Gary Davoren of member company TransPacifc Industries announced that his company would donate a 2" diaphragm pump to CROIERG for use in the Stage 2 (Practical) Training Course. Chairman Peter Dwyer thanked Gary Davoren (who is now a committee member) and TransPacific for this sizeable contribution to the project.

The AGM also acknowledges the great co-operation extended to CROIERG by Mr John Dib (CEO of the Dib Group) for providing an area for our CROIERG Canberra Store at his Hill & Co Canberra Depot in Fyshwick

The minutes of the CROIERG AGM, along with associated reports, are available in the Member’s Area of the website in the CROIERG Business section


John Morgan of Caltex Australia makes his presentation

Over 150 people attended the NBTA/AFAC (National Bulk Tanker Association –Australasian Fire Authorities Council) Bulk Tanker Emergency Response Day held in Melbourne on Wednesday October 20th

The meeting was very capably chaired by Allan Yates of the Cootes Transport Group and the speakers covered a wide range of subject matter with the main emphasis on response to road tanker incidents.

Chief Superintendent Rob McNeil (Chairman of AFAC) made some very strong points in regard to incidents and the necessity for industry responders to be trained in accordance with accredited competencies and equipped with the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when attending incidents

Since the Melbourne meeting there have been discussions on the PPE component, especially in regard to agreeing on an appropriate colour for industry responders to wear for easy recognition by the emergency services.

We’ll keep members informed on this aspect

Rob McNeil’s "Prevention is Better than Cure" can be viewed by going to the following link:-

Prevention NSW Fire Brigades [pdf]

CROIERG was a part sponsor of the day and provided promotional material to attendees on our group

CROIERG Chairman Peter Dwyer made a very good presentation on CROIERG covering

  1. Its early days.
  2. The large stock of CROIERG equipment and supplies
  3. The CROIERG recognition that specialised training courses were required for industry people attending tanker incidents; and
  4. The development of the now nationally accredited two CROIERG/TISC Training Courses

Dr. Ivan Johnstone (wearing his TISC hat) who did the research and wrote the training material for both of the training programs, was a keynote speaker and very capably described just how the two courses were researched, formatted and how the training will be applied.

Ivan Johnstone’s presentation was titled: -

"Nationally Accredited Training Courses For Company Emergency Response Managers And Responders"

Go to the link below for Dr. Ivan Johnstone’s PowerPoint presentation in PDF format

Opportunities TISC [pdf]

  • Grant Stillman (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) spoke strongly on road tanker accident statistics and showed some startling figures that clearly demonstrated that responsibilities have to be taken very seriously
  • It was indeed very satisfying to hear the many accolades from various speakers directed to CROIERG for its groundbreaking work in having the training projects undertaken.
  • Recognition by ones peers is always appreciated
CROIERG Secretary Brian O’Connor & Chairman Peter Dwyer
CROIERG Secretary Brian O’Connor & Chairman Peter Dwyer
Large crowd at AFAC/NBTA Meeting in Melbourne
Large crowd at AFAC/NBTA Meeting in Melbourne

Rob Perkins (Executive Director of the NBTA) did an excellent job in organising the day and was assisted on the day by oil industry stalwart, Garth Symington.

CROIERG distributed marketing material and most certainly gained maximum exposure for our training courses from this well organised day.


CROIERG Chairman Peter Dwyer and Secretary Brian O’Connor together with Paul Harrison of TISC attended a meeting of the F3 DGWP in Sydney on Monday October 25th at the NSW Roads & Traffic Authority Head Office in North Sydney

  • Brian O’Connor made a presentation to the meeting on CROIERG and the CROIERG/TISC Training Programs.
  • Paul Harrison, Skills Manager of TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre, Canberra) was also present and presented to the group on the content of the education programs and gave a broader picture of where the industry emergency response programs are going.

The PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) by Brian O’Connor to the Sydney meeting can be viewed by going to the following link

RTA NSW Oct 2010 [pdf]

CROIERG will be meeting with people soon to discuss further the structure of our spill response trailers network and looking at possible modifications to, potentially, cover such sensitive areas as the F3

There will then be a report go back to the committee

Members will be kept informed of developments


The CROIERG Pumping Trailer has had modification carried out by Brian Withers of Ron Finemore Transport in Wagga Wagga and all petrolic hoses have been tested


CROIERG Membership Subscriptions for Year 2011 were discussed at the AGM and remain unchanged

Renewal notices will be sent out soon


Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010, Mercer County Ohio, USA

A mock crash involving a school bus and a tanker truck provided training for emergency responders in Mercer County, Ohio.
It was all part of a disaster drill designed to give first responders practice in dealing with these types of situations.

School Bus used in exercise
School Bus used in exercise

The Mercer County Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross, and local fire departments all took part in the rescue training. Not only does it help them prepare for crises, but also teaches them how to work with each other effectively.

"The better prepared we are, the more likely we'll be able to help those that have been affected in the event of a true episode like this," said Deb Hemmelgarn with the Red Cross.

Wednesday night's event was also a community education tool for school bus drivers.



Booms on Lochsa River

October 2, 2010 Lewiston Idaho USA

Tetra Tech, a California-based environmental consultant, began excavating soil along U.S. 12 Friday to determine the extent of a diesel spill resulting from a tanker crash.

A westbound truck and pup trailer, operated by Keller Transport, Inc. of Billings, Mont., overturned Thursday near Lowell, about 136 miles east of Lewiston, spilling an estimated 7,500 - 8,000 gallons of fuel. At least one of the tanks ruptured when it hit a rock bluff on the north side of the highway.

The Idaho Transportation Dept. said preliminary assessments suggest the highway and road base might be serving as a barricade that is containing the spill and keeping diesel from migrating south toward the Lochsa River. Workers found no evidence that the diesel had reached the south side of the highway or that it was seeping toward the river.

Tanker in Lochsa River crash

ITD said Tetra Tech will work during daylight hours this weekend to monitor possible seepage of the diesel.

ITD reduced the highway to a single lane between mileposts 136 and 137 while the assessment continues. Flaggers are controlling traffic, and motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the work area.

Until the extent of the spill is determined, ITD said it is not planning to remove the highway surface or base. Maintenance officials are reluctant to disrupt the highway if it is helping to confine the spill.

Meanwhile, Idaho Fish and Game is monitoring the spill to help prevent damage to valuable fish resources.

In a Friday news release, Fish and Game said anglers consider the Lochsa River a blue ribbon trout stream that is home to federally protected bull trout as well as cutthroat trout, wild steelhead and Chinook salmon. Highway 12 runs along most of the river’s length.


Video of this incident


October 1, 2010 Mandaree North Dakota USA

A 33-year-old oil-field truck driver from Billings, Mont., was in a Minot hospital after the truck he was driving loaded with crude oil overturned and burst into flames Monday evening northwest of Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

The truck landed between 100 to 150 feet from the home of Carlin and Joyce Rave. The Raves, who were in the house at the time, heard a lot of noise and rushed to their door where they observed the accident.

The driver of the truck was identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol as Jeremy Swanson. A spokeswoman at Trinity Hospital said Wednesday that Swanson is a patient there but a condition report was not available.

Swanson suffered minor burns and lacerations to his arms, said Mann Enterprises, a company based in New Town that issued a statement about the accident. According to the statement, the truck, carrying 212 barrels of crude oil, for Mann Enterprises, is owned by Paul Jesperson and Swanson is employed by Jesperson.

Around 200 barrels of oil spilled and the accident also resulted in a fire and damage to nearby power lines, the company said. State, county and federal agencies are monitoring the follow-up to the accident. Crews have been cleaning up the damage, repairing power lines and removing debris. Crews were still on the scene late Wednesday afternoon.

Mann Enterprises officials said the front tire of the truck blew out which caused it to roll over into the adjacent ditch.

Tanker on fire after front tyre blew

"That was a hot, hot fire," Joyce Rave said. She said the driver was thrown out of the vehicle and ended up right beside the truck. She said Brenda Stubstad and Verlee Whitecalfe-Sayler were in a vehicle following the truck when the accident happened. Both are with the Minne-Tohe Health Center near New Town.

"Verlee jumped out and pulled him to a safer place," Joyce Rave said. "Brenda came running and told me to call 9-1-1. Joyce Rave said she had already called for help.

"Verlee and Brenda saw what happened. If it wasn't for Verlee, he probably would have been burned," she said. In about 45 minutes, she said emergency vehicles began arriving including fire trucks, ambulance and law enforcement from the Three Affiliated Tribes, area communities and the Highway Patrol.

"The fire was about 100 feet in the air. It went way up there and went through the culvert, and came out the other side and was burning on that side," Joyce Rave said. She said the firefighters were able to stop it from burning farther than it did.

"It burned the coating off the power lines and there were bare lines," she said. She said their power was turned off twice "There's oil all over so they have to clean that up," she said.

Marcus Levings, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, who was being updated about the situation by the Elton Spotted Horse, tribal police chief, said police diverted the traffic and have been providing other assistance at the scene.

Levings said Cliff Whitman, who heads Tribal Homeland Security, is providing updates for tribal officials on the cleanup. He said the accident also is a learning experience for the various agencies. "It's something we learn from every incident small or major," he said.

Levings said Highway 22 is a state highway and the responsibility of the N.D. Department of Transportation. "But we, the tribe, have a responsibility to assist state and federal officials and improve on contingency plans."

Overall, residents of the area have been concerned about the high speeds of trucks traveling on the roads in the area.

"You know, I said about a week ago those trucks come too darn fast. They could come straight for the house," Joyce Rave said. Little did she know at the time that a truck would blow a tire and have an accident as it did so close to her house.

Tex Hall, who lives about 2 miles south of the Raves, said, "They've got to slow down on that road, probably to about 40 miles per hour." If trucks are full or carrying a half load he said the driver can easily lose control. "That is a very winding road," he said. With the oil play as it is in that area, he said truck traffic is 24 hours a day.

Mann Enterprises and its owner, Melaney Blankenship, said they are grateful for the prompt and professional response of law enforcement and emergency management officials.

"Our company takes every precaution to avoid such accidents and holds regular safety training and response exercises to prepare for events such as this. It was because of this preparation and the actions of emergency services that this accident was addressed as quickly and effectively as it was." The Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the accident. Source


October 1, 2010 St Kitts-Nevvis West Indies

The driver of a SOL fuel tanker, which overturned on Tuesday, September 28, remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Mid-morning on the noted day, the tanker driven by Alphonso "Peters" Herbert was on the Sir Kennedy Simmonds Highway headed to town when for some reason it flipped over onto its side. Persons who flocked to the scene reported that Herbert was pinned under the cab of the vehicle by his lower body when the front part of the truck fell into a roadside trench.

Tanker crash in St Kitts-Nevvis

Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, and using the Jaws of Life freed the trapped driver. He was transported to the JN France Hospital via ambulance. One fire officer was also taken to the hospital, where he was treated for toxic fume inhalation and released.

The Observer spoke with SOL Country Manager Ivan Hanley who said there would be an investigation into Tuesday’s incident. He said he could not give the exact amount of fuel that was lost due to the spillage and the subsequent cost to SOL, but emphasized that was not the main concern for the company.

"Because the tanker fell onto its side, the maximum amount of fuel that could spill is half. The most important thing to us though is human life and that was preserved, so we are quite grateful. Mr. Herbert received some bruises, etcetera; no major injury, no broken or severed limbs or anything," he asserted.

Hanley informed that by late Tuesday the damaged vehicle was removed from the Peninsula road and the site cleaned up.

"We are taking all precautionary measures to ensure the environmental clean-up is carried out on an extensive basis," he said. The company reportedly covered the fueled drenched area with sand, and then removed the fuel-soaked sediment.

As it related to the cause of the accident, Hanley said he would have to await the results of the investigation to determine that and other facts.


October 23, 2010 South Carolina USA

The long-term health effects of a catastrophic chemical accident at Graniteville five years ago will be studied by USC researchers who recently won a nearly $3 million federal grant for the work.

USC’s study, headed by epidemiologist Erik Svendsen, will look at whether chlorine exposure is causing people’s lungs to age prematurely.

Previous research by Svendsen found that, in the first year after the train wreck and chemical leak, the lungs of some people who breathed chlorine were aging at about four times the rate that they were before the 2005 accident.

The new, five-year study will follow up on that research. The $2.9 million grant will fund the first long-term chlorine health study of its kind, according to USC.

During a USC news conference Friday to announce a series of federal grants for university health researchers, Svendsen said Carolina’s latest work could answer important questions for people who continue to complain about illness from chlorine exposure.

Train wreck in South Carolina

"We are very excited about this opportunity to be able to go back down to the Graniteville community and to find some answers to what they’ve been telling us, that ‘We’re still sick,’" Svendsen said, adding that the work will be to conduct "long-term health evaluations."

"We do not know if they’ve gotten better or not. We want to find out. That is the purpose of the grant."

Graniteville is a sleepy mill town in Aiken County where nine people died from chlorine exposure after the Jan. 6, 2005, train crash. Early that morning, a speeding Norfolk Southern train ran off the main track and smashed into a parked train, causing a tanker to rupture and spill tons of chlorine. Chlorine is a chemical widely used to keep water clean, cleanse clothing and for industrial purposes. But it also is deadly to people in high concentrations.

In addition to the nine deaths, hundreds of people needed medical attention. Chlorine bleached trees and grass, and corroded equipment at the nearby textile mill, Avondale Mills, which has since shut down.

Svendsen, with USC’s department of epidemiology and biostatistics, also serves a as an environmental epidemiologist with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The project announced Friday will be overseen by Svendsen, but it involves other Carolina researchers and those from other colleges. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia also are involved. The work will look at about 600 former mill employees, as well as some others.

His grant was among $21 million in recent grants announced Friday by the USC’s Arnold School of Public Health. Others include $6.7 million for university researchers to study minority health disparities and $4.3 million for research on cancer disparities in South Carolina.

Louisiana W. Sanders, a community leader who has worked with Svendsen, said his research will give many local residents more insight into how the chlorine might be affecting their health.

"I think it’s great that somebody is keeping their hand on the pulse and trying" to help Graniteville, she said. Source


Photographs of the Hungary spill disaster (See below) Ed

Aerial photo of Hungary toxic spill storage
Aerial photo of Hungary toxic spill storage
Photos showing earlier signs of leakage
Photos showing earlier signs of leakage
Cleaning streets full of the toxic sludge
Cleaning streets full of the toxic sludge


What a crazy mixed-up world this is? Really hard to accept? Ed

And there were more tanker fires/bombings after this news report

October 1, 2010

Angered by repeated incursions by NATO helicopters over the past week, Pakistan has blocked a supply route for coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is a crucial ally for the United States in its efforts to stabilise Afghanistan, but analysts say border incursions and disruptions in NATO supplies underline growing tensions in the relationship.

Oil tankers on fire
Oil tankers on fire
NATO Oil Tankers on fire
NATO Oil Tankers on fire

A senior Pakistani intelligence official said the border incursions could lead to a "total snapping of relations."

Senior local officials blamed "extremists" for the attack on the tankers in the southern town of Sholapur. About 12 people, their faces covered, opened fire with small arms into the air to scare away the drivers and then set fire to 27 tankers.

"Some of them have been completely destroyed and others partially. But there is no loss of human life," Shikarpur police Chief Abdul Hameed Khoso told Reuters.

Police arrested 10 people after the attack, including five netted from a raid on an Islamic seminary, or madrassa.

The tankers were parked at a filling station on their way to Afghanistan from Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi.

On Thursday, three Pakistani soldiers were killed and three wounded in two cross-border incursions by NATO forces chasing militants in Pakistan's north-western Kurram region.

It was the third cross-border incident in a week, the Pakistan military said. NATO said the helicopters briefly crossed into Pakistan airspace after coming under fire from people there. Source



October 24, 2010 Landikotal Pakistan

Torkham-Peshawar highway was remained blocked for more than seven hours at various places due to rush of heavy NATO oil tankers and containers; passengers had to traveled by foots for kilometers long, a taxicab driver said on Monday.

Firefighters battle burning NATO oil tankers
Firefighters battle burning NATO oil tankers
Burning NATO Tanker
Burning NATO Tanker

A convoy of hundreds of NATO oil tankers and containers, besides the trucks of private goods and passengers’ coaches, had blocked the highway between Chingai and Charwazgai areas of Landikotal tehsil. The Passengers had to walk on foot some eight kilometers between Charwazgai and Chingai to reach to their destinations before the darkness fell, Passengers who walked on foot told all voices.

On the other hand, dozens of passengers walking on the roadsides were seen running fast when they were passing by the NATO oil tankers due to the fear of blasts in the oil tankers, the passengers said.

Hidayat-ur-rehman, who had started his journey at 2, P.M. from Karkhano Market and reached Landikotal at 7, P.M, said he and other Passengers including women and children walked for hours and reached Landikotal.

Meanwhile, a rush of heavy trucks, including NATO oil tankers, containers, mini-coaches and taxicabs remained jammed between Landikotal by-pass and Torkham border town, Safeerullah, a Landikotal resident said.

He said that the one-way Torkham-Landikotal road was remaining blocked since Monday morning till evening due to rush of NATO oil tankers and containers. He said that they had started walking on foot from Torkham border at 3, p.m. and reached Landikotal at 6:30, p.m. Sfeerullah said that only seven kilometers distance between Torkham-Landikotal was paved in three-and-half hours.

Long queues of trucks, oil tankers and passengers coaches were seen on the roads while FC and Khasadar force personnel were trying to make a way to let the NATO oil tankers and containers to cross the border but they did not succeeded for hours, sources said.


A tanker carrying 17 tonnes of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) that toppled near DSK Toyota showroom near Pashan on the Mumbai- Bangalore highway on Thursday remained in the same position for over 24 hours.

This, despite the police, Bharat Petroleum officials and the fire brigade squad reaching the spot within a short time after the accident. The tanker that overturned at 11 am on Thursday was lifted only at 1.30 pm on Friday.

BP officials said the reason for the delay was that no crane service in the city was willing to cooperate citing the danger of explosion. Thankfully, there was no leakage and the tanker was safely mounted on another chassis.

LPG tanker on side

The Bharat Petroleum officials who rushed to the spot from the nearest LPG Station worked overnight to detect leakage and the need to shift the gas into another cylinder.

"We called up crane services in the city but they all refused to come as there was a danger of explosion. We were here for the whole night but it was only by 9 am on Friday that three cranes agreed to come to the location.

The tanker was lifted and brought on the road after struggling for over four hours after that," said Nitin Mahatme, deputy manager, Operations, Shikrapur LPG Plant,



October 5, 2010 Salem Vermont USA

Two people were hurt Tuesday morning in a three-vehicle crash that involved a farm vehicle, an oil truck and a car. The crash closed part of Route 22 for four hours.

None of the injuries was described as life-threatening, after the collision just north of Quarry Road, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Tanker, Car and Dump Truck incident
Tanker, Car and Dump Truck incident

Christopher Cary, 22, of Hebron, was driving south at about 10:45 a.m. when his Volkswagen Jetta sedan collided with the back of an oil delivery truck parked along the side of the southbound lane to make a delivery, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Tucker said. The truck was partially in the traveled lane, Tucker said.

The Jetta ricocheted into the path of a northbound dump truck/fertilizer spreader owned by CaroVail of Salem, but the dump truck's high clearance allowed much of the Jetta to go underneath it, minimizing the impact, Tucker said. The Jetta struck the dump truck with the sedan's passenger side, he said.

"If it had been 18 inches over, it might have been a different situation," Tucker said.

The driver of the dump truck, Howard F. Fifield, 57, of Salem, veered to the right to try to avoid the oncoming car, driving off the side of the road and causing the truck to flip onto its side, police said.

"He did all he could to avoid the accident," Tucker said.

Fifield was taken to Southern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., for treatment of neck, back and arm pain but was released later Tuesday, according to a hospital official.

Cary was taken to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises that weren't believed to be serious. He was also treated and released.

The driver of the oil truck, Marcus Blanck, 39, of Salem, was not in the vehicle when it was hit and was not hurt. The truck was registered to McCauley & Tucker Oil Co. of Salem, and none of its cargo spilled.

The dump truck was carrying rye seeds, which spilled along the side of the road. Staff at CaroVail said the truck was being checked late Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage. Tucker said the investigation was continuing, and tickets were likely.

Sheriff's deputies Greg Danio, Bobby Sullivan, James Murphy and Sgt. Michael Distasio investigated the crash. Salem and Cambridge rescue squads and Salem firefighters assisted. Source


October 10, 2010 Karachi Pakistan

An oil tanker cleaner was crushed to death at Zulfiqarabad Oil Terminal, the Bin Qasim police said on Saturday.

Muhammad Shafiullah, 25, was sleeping under an oil tanker when the driver, who was unaware about Shafiullah sleeping, started the vehicle and crushed him.

The driver escaped from the scene. The cleaner’s body was taken to a hospital.



Q. What made it "topple"? Ed

October 24, 2010 Panaji INDIA

A tanker carrying 6,000 litres of aviation turbine fuel overturned on the Goa airport runway on Saturday night. The runway was immediately closed.

A Navy spokesman said the Indian Oil Corporation's tanker was heading towards the civil terminal to refuel the parked aircraft when it toppled.

The spokesman said the incident left the wrecked tanker and thousands of litres of highly inflammable fuel on the runway, making it unsuitable for operations.

Naval personnel took the tanker driver to safety and took steps to prevent the fuel from catching fire. Source


Traffic sign hit by tanker in Georgia

October 5, 2010 Polk County Georgia USA

Police have released the identity of an Alabama bulk tanker driver who died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning.

Michael Anthony McGehee, 48, of Lincoln, Ala., was killed when the tanker he was driving flipped over U.S. Hwy. 27 near the Polk County line.

According to Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Joe Stephens:

McGhee was traveling north on 27 when his truck left the highway, traveling 400 feet through brush and evergreens along the highway before finally overturning, scattering ash along the pavement.

Both Georgia State Patrol and Polk County Police Department arrived on scene at 8:19 a.m., within minutes of receiving the call.

While the trees and roadside did damage the bottom of the tanker, there were no skid marks on the highway to indicate McGehee had put on the brakes.

"I can only speculate at this point. But it could have been medically related or he could have fallen asleep," Stephens said.

Officers believe the cab stayed upright while the tank overturned, Stephens said.



This news report again demonstrates the long lasting damage that can be caused by oil spills in environmentally sensitive areas Ed

October 11, 2010 Beaver Springs —

Remnants of a 6,000-gallon gasoline and diesel fuel spill off Route 235 in May still are being cleaned up and will require monitoring for at least another 1½ years, Snyder County Emergency Management Agency Director Derick Shambach said.

The spill that resulted from the crash was 40 times the amount that typically leaks following a truck accident.

Clearing trees as part of the ongoing cleanup

Crews from Northridge Group Inc., a Northumberland-based hazardous-materials response contractor, will be working with the state Department of Environmental Protection in the area throughout this week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily installing additional monitoring and recovery wells.
A tanker owned by Shipley Oil Co., of York, was traveling in the area of Shade Mountain on Route 235 in Spring Township, Snyder County, about a mile north of Route 522 on May 10 when its brakes failed and the rig overturned, spilling about 6,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel onto the road and into a nearby creek.
The creek, Mitchell Run, leads to the larger Beaver Creek, which feeds into Middle Creek near Beaver Springs. Middle Creek winds its way about 20 miles across Snyder County, where it leads into Penns Creek, just above the confluence with the Susquehanna River.

About 1,200 gallons of fuel was burned by a fire that erupted at the time of the accident. The fire also burned truck driver Timothy Bussard, 34, of Manchester, Md.

Shambach said the amount of fuel spilled is far above the average of 100 gallons to 150 gallons cleaned up at accident sites.

Since so much fuel was spilled into the rocky creek bed, he said, the cleanup has been a slow process that could take another 18 months or more to complete.

"We’ve never stopped remediation. This will be ongoing for a couple of years," Shambach said.

In the days just after the crash, about 4,900 tons of material was removed from between the road and creek, about 1,200 feet of recovery pipe was installed and a new culvert was built.

Two weeks later, another truck crashed at the site and tore up the new pipe, requiring it to be replaced. The cleanup and monitoring cost is being paid for by Shipley Oil Co.

Shambach said he didn’t know how much it will cost, and a call to company officials was not returned Monday.

At the time of the spill, two recovery wells were installed to collect fuel that’s still being pushed up from the rock whenever it rains.

The wells are checked weekly and will remain there until no more liquid is collected, Shambach said.

Three monitoring wells have so far not detected any groundwater contamination, but additional monitoring devices are being installed this week a bit farther away from the spill location toward Beaver Springs.

"We want to prevent it from contaminating the drinking water at all costs," Shambach said. Source


October 13, 2010 Clearcreek TWP. Ohio —

A woman "was extraordinarily lucky" after being sideswiped today, Oct. 13 by two tanker trucks on Ohio 122 between Hart and Springboro roads in Clearcreek Twp.

In a preliminary report, Clearcreek Twp. police Sgt. Curtis Hensley said a woman driving a Ford Thunderbird was travelling west on Ohio 122 at about 6:40 a.m. when she passed a tanker truck transporting LP gas in a no-passing zone.

As she was passing the westbound tanker truck, another tanker truck heading east appeared, Hensley said. He said the woman tried to get back into her own lane which was then occupied by the westbound tanker truck she tried to pass and ended up sideswiping that tanker truck as well as being struck by the eastbound tanker truck.

"It destroyed the car," Hensley said. "She’s extraordinarily lucky."

He said the woman was transported to Atrium Medical Center for minor injuries and was treated and released. She was the only person in the car.

Hensley said the crash remains under investigation, but that she may be cited with passing in a no passing zone.

He said the eastbound tanker truck carrying the LP gas was not damaged and the material was off-loaded to another tanker truck. Hensley said the westbound tanker truck was driveable and has already left the scene.

Ohio 122 has been closed since the crash and remains closed as of 10:30 a.m. as crews work to pull out the tanker truck trailer out of the ditch, Hensley said. He said he there was no estimated time when Ohio 122 would reopen to through traffic. Hensley said Ohio 122 is open to local residents. Source


Close to a million litres in this spill

October 15, 2010 Falls, Pennsylvania

Vandals ruptured several railroad tanker cars, dumping about 240,000 gallons (912,000 litres) of used cooking oil and 1,500 gallons of diesel into a rail yard in Falls Thursday.

Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito said employees of Tyburn Railroad Co. discovered large pools of oil and fuel when they arrived at work about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The company notified the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, police, fire officials and the coast guard, due to the yard's proximity to the Delaware River.

The rail yard is designed to pool spills in designated areas. Dippolito said the company's tanker trucks used vacuum hoses to suck up the oil and diesel and then deposited the fluids back in the repaired railroad tanker cars.

He said officials were concerned that with Thursday's rainstorm approaching the oil would overflow into the river.

The company hired outside help to suck up the spill and Dippolito received assistance from Waste Management trucks, which created sand berms between the oil pools and the river in the event the rainwater cause the oil to flow into the river or the river to flood toward the oil.

Falls police said they are investigating who caused the spill.

Source Bucks County Courier Times and


Why race the train? Ed

October 26, 2010 USA Williston North Dakota

An oil tanker and a train collided in Williams County this afternoon killing the truck driver. The crash occurred about 7 miles northeast of Williston.
The oil tanker tried to beat the train across the tracks but did not get across before the train came. The driver was killed. The tanker caught fire and spread to one of the train cars.

Oil tanker collides with train
Oil tanker collides with train

The Williams County Sheriff`s Department called for city assistance to help control the blaze. The fire department was concerned because there was minimal amounts of sulfuric acid in containers as well as rubbing alcohol on the train.

No one on board the train was injured. And now, the fire department does not detect any more heat from the other train cars.
The blaze was difficult to contain, because water reacts with sulfuric acid, so the fire department was very cautious while trying to put out the fire. We were not allowed any closer to the scene as a cautionary step in case the fire got out of control. Also, the road the crash occurred on has a lot of traffic, because there are several oil wells past these tracks and this is the only access point. Source

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