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The Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card is administered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) and supported by the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC)

This specialist course can only be delivered by the approved provider, the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Canberra

The Card recognizes that the holder has received formal training in dealing with bulk tanker emergencies

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LOCATION No. TYPE
Banksmeadow
Sydney East NSW
31 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Benalla VIC 22 Spill Response
Beresfield NSW 17 Spill Response
Bordertown SA 24 Spill Response
Brisbane QLD 25 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 2 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 3 Spill Response Pumping Unit
Canberra ACT 4 Spill Response Skimmer Unit
Canberra ACT 5 Training Cutaway Unit Unit
Canberra ACT 6 Training Rollover Unit
Canberra ACT 29 Training Unit Pump Equipped
Canberra ACT 30 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Cooma NSW 27 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Cootamundra NSW 14 Spill Response
Dubbo NSW 36 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Eden NSW 10 Spill Response
Forbes NSW 18 Spill Response
Goulburn NSW 8 Spill Response
Griffith NSW 13 Spill Response
Holbrook NSW 20 Spill Response
Lismore NSW 35 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Melbourne VIC
37 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Mildura VIC 16 Spill Response
Moruya NSW 12 Spill Response
Newcastle NSW 19 Spill Response
Orange NSW 11 Spill Response
Port Kembla NSW 34 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Prestons West Sydney NSW
32 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Beresfield NSW 17 Spill Response
Rockhampton QLD 28 Spill Response
Rockhampton QLD 33 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Shepparton VIC 15 Spill Response
Wagga Wagga NSW 26 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Wauchope NSW 21 Spill Response
Wodonga VIC 9 Spill Response
Yass NSW 23 Spill Response

 

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Sept 2010 News

UPDATED CROIERG WEBSITE

This September 2010 CROIERG News features our updated website with the Member’s Area having an increased contact emergency information capability:

  • The members section features easier to navigate (and maintain) contacts, information on trailers and resources.
  • It has a built in search engine with active search (similar to Google) throughout the site.
  • All the key information from the Members Manual is presented as 'Print on Demand' webpages that can be added to the 2010 Members Manual as required.
  • The content on the site is indexed more effectively as it conforms with by the Google's search engine requirements.
  • The new site interface should automatically scale to fit small devices and satisfies the most stringent accessability standards.

Feedback /comments welcome [webmanager]

Members please note the same username and password that you used on the "old" site should work for this one.

DATE SET FOR CROIERG YEAR 2010 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The CROIERG Year 2010 Annual General Meeting will be held at Yass NSW on Friday October 22nd 2010. AGM Notices will be forwarded to all members

COMMITTEE MEETING AUGUST 26TH AT YASS NSW

The CROIERG Committee met on Thursday August 26th 2010 in the historic Ronnoco Building ON Rossi Street,

Yass NSW

A wide agenda covered: -

  • The new Canberra CROIERG Store at 15 Barrier Street Fyshwick (Hill & Co Mobil Depot) and the committee expressed its appreciation to Mr. John Dib, CEO of the Dib Group for providing us with a storage area in his Canberra complex
  • The National Accreditation gained for Stage 2 "Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operation – (Petroleum Fuel Products) – of the CROIERG/TISC Training Project.
  • Memberships were formalised for Fuel Trans P/L of Brisbane Qld, AP&MT Mavin (Petroleum) P/L of Kempsey NSW, and Macinnes Transport Services P/L of Dubbo NSW
  • The June 30th 2010 Financial Reports were presented and are available to member’s in the Member’s Area of the website (CROIERG Business)
  • Trailer relocations were discussed (Pumping Trailer refurbishment) and this has meant a temporary relocation to Wagga Wagga. Muswellbrook trailer has had a move to Newcastle (Caltex Terminal) with a proposed relocation to Singleton. Members will be informed of changes in contact details.
  • The CROIERG Rollover Tanker Trailer (No.6 Unit) is back in Canberra after being used for tanker training in Queensland
  • Work is to begin in Sydney on the semi-trailer tanker unit, which is to be used as a training aid at the TISC Canberra Training Complex
  • LIQUIP and WBG Trailer Repairs are making sizeable contribution to this project for which the committee was very grateful. These contributions will be suitably acknowledged by CROIERG
  • Date set for Year2010 CROIERG Annual General Meeting. This important meeting will be held on Friday October 22nd , 2010 in Yass NSW
  • Minutes of the August 26th Committee Meeting are available to Members in the Member’s Area of the website

THE CROIERG CANBERRA STORE

Following the closure of the CROIERG store at Fyshwick ACT, in February, and our subsequent unanticipated move to Queanbeyan NSW it came as rather a shock (understatement) to be told on July 27th that the new Queanbeyan premises were also closing on July 31st and we would have to have our trailers removed ASAP.

We were able to negotiate an extension of one week to 10 days which still meant we were under enormous pressure to find a suitable location for a new Canberra store ASAP, And in a a very tight and expensive Canberra commercial real estate market.

CROIERG were able to negotiate space in the Dib Group {Hill & Co} Mobil Depot in Fyshwick on which to place two forty foot shipping containers.

Our group is extremely grateful to Mr John Dib CEO of the Dib Group for his great co-operation in helping us overcome a very big hurdle.

Two 40’ shipping containers have been purchased and delivered to Canberra at a cost of $8,000 and we were able to organise this within a very short time frame.

Storage containers arrive
Storage containers arrive
New stock and CROIERG maintenance man Noel Sylvester
New stock and CROIERG maintenance man Noel Sylvester

The containers were delivered and placed on site on August 3rd.We then had the very real problem of moving the CROIERG trailers and a large amount of stock from Queanbeyan to Canberra.

This task was carried out by Brian Withers & Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore

Transport aided by Roland Byrd of Canberra Manager of Hill & Co in an operation that ended up in the dark.

Many thanks to this willing trio of committee members for their co-operation and hard work

Loading containers
Loading containers
The CROIERG containers at Canberra
The CROIERG containers at Canberra

CROIERG Training Program Stage 2

National Accreditation (Stage 2)

Below advice we received from Bob Waldron CEO of the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Training Complex in Canberra

On Thursday 5 Aug the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council (ARC) panel recommended approval of the Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations (Petroleum Fuel Products) to be accredited for a period of 5 years. 

Formal notification will arrive in due course.

This is the major milestone achieved and TISC thanks CROIERG for its participation in the work so far.

CROIERG Emergency Responder Training Stage 1

Starting dates for the CROIERG Emergency Responder Training Course (Course in Fuel Transportation, Emergency Planning and Response) are:

  • September 6th

Courses are to be conducted at the: -

Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Training Complex, Sutton Road Canberra ACT

All bookings are to be directed to TISC: - Phone (02 6297 7187

Mail: PO Box 6074 QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620 Email office@suttonroad.com.au

HB76-2010 BOOKS

We have mailed to members over 100 copies of the new HB76-2010 Book. (The Dangerous Goods Initial Emergency Response Guide)

The latest publication of this essential response book is a big improvement on the old version, with a spiral binding for easier use and the latest in up-to-date information re Products, UN Numbers etc.

Member’s requiring copies of HB76-2010 should contact the CROIERG Secretary Brian O’Connor.

Email eejoconn@bigpond.net.au

Phone 0428 627 777 OR (02) 6226 1752

Mail. PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582

TANKER DRIVER ROLLOVER TRAINING

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing training material to the CROIERG membership we have mailed a disc to members of the

Cargo Tank Driver Rollover Prevention Video

First class material from the USA Department of Transportation that will enables tanker drivers (and others) to better understand how tanker rollovers can occur.

NTSB PROBES ROLLOVERS BY HAZMAT TANKER TRUCKS

An update. Ed

August 3, 2010 WASHINGTON USA —

A tanker truck hauling propane ran off a busy interstate in Indianapolis, struck a guardrail and exploded last October. The giant fireball could be seen miles away.

The accident has prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to examine whether enough is being done to prevent tanker trucks hauling hazardous loads from rolling over. Tankers, more than other trucks, are susceptible to rollovers because the weight distribution of the liquid they carry can shift suddenly if vehicle changes direction too quickly. A two-day hearing on the fiery crash begins Tuesday.

The truck's tractor separated from the tanker trailer and slammed into a bridge abutment. The impact tore a pillar away, but fortunately the bridge didn't come down. One driver, unable to stop when suddenly confronted with a wall of flame, put her foot to the floor and sped through it. The heat melted the fenders off her car, but she and her two passengers survived. Five people were injured, but no one was killed.

  • Loads are dispatched on tanker trucks more than 100,000 times a day in the U.S.
  • There are, on average, 1,265 cargo tanker rollovers annually.

The safety board wants to know whether electronic stability systems similar to those required for cars would prevent tanker rollovers. The sensors tell the vehicle's onboard computer when weight is shifting or is about to shift. The computer automatically applies brakes to one or more wheels to compensate until balance is restored.

All new cars are required to have the systems, but not trucks — even though trucks represent a disproportionate share of rollover accidents, said Henry Jasny, general counsel for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

"This technology is somewhat more expensive," Jasny said, "but that it wouldn't be required for trucks when they are so over-represented in crashes doesn't make sense to us."

John Conley, president of National Tank Truck Carriers, which represents the tanker truck operators, said most new tanker trailers have the rollover prevention equipment even though it's not required. However, he said new tractor trucks that pull the tankers don't necessarily have the equipment.

And, he said, retrofitting older tractor trucks and tanker trailers isn't practical.

The electronic stability systems work best at preventing tanker trucks driving too fast on highway exit or entry ramps from rolling over as they round a curve, Conley said. But they're less effective at preventing rollovers involving trucks already on the interstate, he said. "They are not a silver bullet," Conley said Source Associated Press

INLAND CONTIGENCY PLAN (Canada / United States)

The Canada–United States Joint Inland Pollution Contingency Plan (the "Inland Plan") sets forth cooperative measures for dealing with a release of a pollutant along the inland boundary of a magnitude that causes, or may cause, damage to the environment or constitutes a threat to public safety, security, health, welfare, or property.

The Inland Plan may also facilitate the provision of assistance in the event that only one country is affected, but the polluting incident is of sufficient magnitude to justify a request for assistance from the other country.

The revised Inland Plan supersedes the 1994 Canada–United States Joint Inland Pollution Contingency Plan, and complements the Canada–United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan, which describes a joint response mechanism for any polluting incident that threatens the waters or coastal areas of both countries. The Inland Plan is not intended to supersede any statutory authorities held by either Participant, to create any legally binding rights or obligations under domestic or international law with regard to the Participants or any other entity, or to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by law or equity against the Participants or any other entity.

Source (ISCO Newsletter) CROIERG is an Associate Member of the ISCO

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SACRAMENTO DISASTER DRILL WITH AN OIL TANKER PREPARES EMERGENCY RESPONSE VOLUNTEERS (California)

A disaster drill with a difference involving an oil tanker. Ed

August 14, 2010 Sacramento, California USA–

Local emergency response teams received a crash course, assessing damage and caring for dogs covered in oil after a mock oil tanker crash at Discovery Park.

That was the scenario for response teams who spent Saturday morning training in the disaster drill.

"It's not too different from people," said Robert Ross, a Sacramento CERT Assistant Battalion Captain. "But it's just different enough that you need a class like this to figure it out."

The class taught volunteers from Sacramento, West Sacramento and Elk Grove-Galt CERT agencies how to handle a disaster with animals involved.

This particular scenario tackled search and rescue, decontamination and intake training.

Live dogs were used for the exercise, provided by Lend-A-Heart, a therapy dog training group.

"We need to know how to approach the animals so that our responders are safe also," said Carol Willis from Sacramento CERT.

Even though the disaster scenario is somewhat far-fetched, the training is far-reaching.

"The same things we're learning here could be applied to a lot of other things," said Ross. "It could be an earthquake that causes an underground sewer line to break; that's contamination just like anything else."

Community Emergency Response Teams are used to provide aid to fire departments during disasters. Captain Jonathan Burgess of the Sacramento Fire Department said with recent staffing cutbacks the aid is needed now more than ever.

That's why many of the team members volunteer.

"When they cut their manpower the disaster doesn't get smaller," said Ross.

Nearly 75 CERT members were trained in the exercise, which cost little to nothing to run. Trainers from CalEMA, the Sacramento County Animal Services Department and Noah's Wish donated their time and supplies.

Source www.news10.net

TANKER DRIVER KILLED AFTER CRASHING ON I-75 IN CAMPBELL COUNTY AND PLUNGES 1,000 FEET DOWN AN EMBANKMENT (Tennessee)

August 1, 2010Caryville Tennessee USA—

The driver of a tanker truck was killed Thursday afternoon after his rig jackknifed in traffic slowed by an accident on Interstate 75 in Campbell County.

The tanker truck tore through a guardrail, travelled down an embankment and driver Gary D. Gabehart, 60, of Louisville, Ky., was ejected.

Gabehart was approaching mile marker 144 in the southbound lanes of I-75 when he lost control of his rig about 1:48 p.m. Thursday, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Chitwood.

An earlier accident had slowed traffic, and Gabehart was unable to stop his truck. He swerved the tanker to the left and struck a Ford F250 pickup, according to Chitwood’s report. The pickup, driven by Daniel Mongno, 37, of Asheville, Nev., flipped onto its passenger side, but Mongno was not injured.

Gabehart’s rig then veered sharply to the right, ripped through a guardrail and down an embankment about 1,000 feet. The driver was ejected despite wearing a safety belt, according to Chitwood.

Source www.knoxnews.com

X PRIZE FOUNDATION PLEDGES $US1.4 MILLION TO OIL SPILL CLEANUP CHALLENGE

The X Prize Foundation, best known for launching the private spaceflight industry through the $10 million Ansari X Prize, and the ultra-fuel efficient vehicle market through the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, has announced the launch of its sixth major incentive competition, the $US/1.4 Million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge.

At a press conference in Washington, D.C., the announcement was made by X Prize chairman Peter H. Diamandis together with Wendy Schmidt, who personally funded the $1.4 million prize purse.

Wendy Schmidt is president of The Schmidt Family Foundation, founder of the Foundation’s 11th Hour Project and Climate Central, as well as co-founder, with her husband Eric, of the Schmidt Marine Science Research Institute.

Other speakers included Philippe Cousteau, son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and co-founder and CEO of EarthEcho International; and Dave Gallo, Ph.D., director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

The goal of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge is to inspire entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists worldwide to develop innovative, rapidly deployable and highly efficient methods of capturing crude oil from the ocean surface.

In making the announcement, the X Prize Foundation hopes to attract philanthropic and venture capital to support development of this important capability and provide a global platform where new technologies can be competed head-to-head, and the best approaches demonstrated, to prepare for future catastrophes.

"The devastating impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will last for years and it is inevitable that future spills will occur -- both from wells and from transport tankers," stated Diamandis.

"To be prepared to safeguard oceans and shores, the X Prize Foundation is announcing the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge to find the most effective and environmentally safe solutions for capturing oil from all spills at the spill site, thus limiting their impacts and protecting our oceans, shores, marshes and, importantly, the health and well-being of the people and wildlife which live and thrive in these communities," he said.

"With more than ten thousand ocean oil platforms across the globe, and millions of barrels of oil being transported every day by tankers, it’s not a question of ‘if’ there will be another oil spill, but ‘when,’" stated Wendy Schmidt.

"We need to come up with better solutions to capture oil on the surface, to minimize the harm these spills are causing to marine life, coastal wetlands and beaches, and to our livelihoods -- a harm that can last for generations. This is why I am personally funding this X Challenge: to inspire innovators around the world -- and all those who want to help address what has happened in the Gulf -- to focus on solutions to an ongoing, systemic problem."

The Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge has two phases:

Phase I. From August 2010–April 2011, teams from around the world are invited to register for this competition and to submit their approach to clean up oil slicks created by spills or leaks from ships or tankers (e.g. Exxon Valdez), land drainage, waste disposal, or oil platform spill (e.g. Deepwater Horizon).

An expert panel of judges from industry and academia will evaluate all of the proposals along the following criteria:

  • Technical approach and commercialization plan
  • No negative environmental impact
  • Scalability of and ability to deploy technology; cost and human labour of implementation
  • Improvement of technology over today’s baseline booms and skimmers

Phase II. The judges will select up to 10 of the top teams to demonstrate their ability to efficiently and rapidly clean up oil on the ocean surface in a head-to-head competition. These proofs of capability, which will determine the winner, will take place at the National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility (OHSMETT) in New Jersey.

The top team that demonstrates the ability to recover oil on the sea-water surface at the highest oil recovery rate (ORR) and recovery efficiency (RE) will win the $1 million Grand Purse. Second place will win $300,000 and third place will win $100,000 in purses. Source www.ntm.nickles.com

CAUSE OF TANKER BLAST THAT SHUT I-465 STUDIED

Investigators say slope at accident site was too steep

And some more data on this subject. Ed

August 5, 2010 WASHINGTON -- Nine months after a tanker carrying propane rolled over and exploded on I-465 in Indianapolis, the National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing this week to try to determine the cause of the crash.

Investigators, engineers and trucking industry representatives discussed factors that can lead to tank truck rollovers during the two-day hearing, which ended Wednesday.

The Oct. 22 accident at the I-69 interchange in Indianapolis, which destroyed a column of a bridge, sent a massive fireball into the air. Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles, and flames from the explosion burned up highway billboards. Four people including the tanker's driver were injured in the midmorning accident, which closed a portion of busy I-465 on the Northeastside for more than a day.

Cargo tank trucks are more likely to roll over than other vehicles because of their high centers of gravity.

They account for 31 percent of all fatal commercial truck rollovers, even though they represent only 6 percent of large trucks on the road.

And because tankers often carry hazardous chemicals, crashes can be especially dangerous for drivers and for people in surrounding areas.

Federal regulations do not require manufacturers to build trucks with lower centers of gravity, even though lowering the center of gravity by just 3 percent reduces the rollover likelihood by 12 percent, according to Douglas Pape, an engineer with Battelle Memorial Institute who spoke at the hearing. Battelle is an Ohio-based nonprofit specializing in energy, science and homeland security issues.

Highway construction also can increase the chances of rollovers. Federal
guidelines limit the slope of highway shoulders to prevent cars or trucks from tipping when they run off the road. At the site of the October crash, the slope was steeper than the federal limit allowed, investigators said. Industry representatives at the hearing
stressed the importance of more uniform driver training standards nationwide.

The number of practice hours required in one state might not correspond to those required elsewhere, and some states don't regulate programs whose tuition is under a certain threshold.

"We need to get closer to a national license," said Donald Bridge of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Driver error causes 78 percent of cargo truck rollovers, according to the NTSB. Source www.indystar.com

SEVERE DELAYS AFTER DARTFORD CROSSING FUEL TANKER CRASH (UK)

August 12, 2010 UK

A fuel tanker has crashed in a tunnel at the Dartford crossing leading to severe delays and congestion warnings.

Dartford Crossing which carries 150,000 vehicles per day

The vehicle crashed in the west tunnel leaving the driver trapped with minor injuries on Thursday afternoon.

Kent Police told drivers to use the A2 and cross the river by using the Blackwall Tunnel or the Woolwich ferry, as an alternative route.

BBC travel reports warned of severe delays of up to an hour.

The accident led to the closure of both the east and west tunnels, but one has since reopened.

A Kent Police spokesman also said: "The incident has caused serious congestion and traffic heading for the Dartford Tunnel is advised to use the A2 into London and use the Blackwall Tunnel or the Woolwich Ferry as a crossing point."

The driver was thought to have suffered minor injuries, he added.

Emergency crews gave the driver first aid before paramedics arrived, and worked to remove the vehicle from the tunnel.

BBC Travel news said the eastern tunnel had reopened by 1525 BST but the west bore, where the accident happened, remained closed.

There were reports of severe delays of up to an hour, with stationary and queuing traffic. All traffic was at a stand at the toll booths, travel reports added.

The Dartford crossing carries about 150,000 vehicles each day. Source www.bbgc.co.uk

‘TANK TOWN’ SPILLS ALMOST 20,000 GALLONS; CONNECTION BREAKS BETWEEN PIPES (Michigan)

Note the amount quoted as being transported by Buckeye daily. Ed

August 21, 2010 Niles Michigan USA

A gasoline leak on Saturday morning on a section of Third Street referred to as "Tank Town" may have caused nearly 20,000 gallons of gas to spew onto the ground, authorities say.

The spill at a tank at the Niles North Terminal owned by Buckeye Partners, L.P., 2303 S. Third St., happened at 8:37 a.m. and was capped at 10:08 a.m.

Niles Township Fire Chief Gary Brovold said the spill may have occurred when a flange connecting pipes near the tank came apart, causing a spill six feet in diameter. The unleaded premium gas was being pumped to a tanker truck at a loading rack farther away.

"I can’t say (yet) exactly what failed," Brovold said.

More than 10 fire departments, including HazMat crews from Berrien County and the Niles area, responded to the emergency, by spraying foam onto the spilled gasoline to minimize the fumes. The gasoline was being contained into a "dike area" around the tank, Brovold said.

HAZMAT Crews cleanup pipeline

A company hired by Buckeye Partners was called to the scene Saturday afternoon to vacuum up the product and the foam. An environmental assessment also will be done, including soil remediation, but Brovold did not believe the spill would have an effect on nearby residents.

Still, the leak caused some tense moments for authorities, who say the chance of the gas igniting is always possible.

"We’ve had episodes before here, but this is probably the largest release we’ve had in years now," Brovold said.

No injuries were reported. Authorities said they did not need to evacuate residents in the area.

Brovold said 6,000 gallons (22,800 litres) — about how much a tanker truck can hold — was an estimate at the time, adding: "Until we can get into the tank, we won’t know for sure." He did not know how long that would take but said the cleanup could be completed by Saturday night.

Later estimates raised the number to nearly 20,000 gallons (76,000 litres).

The tank where the incident occurred can hold as much as 996,000 gallons (3,784,000 litres) of gasoline and likely had about 670,000 gallons (2,546,000 litres) in it at the time of the leak. In all, there are six gasoline tanks owned by Buckeye on Third Street, according to a company spokesman.

Brovold said the spill was not from the Wolverine pipeline as first reported, but contained strictly to the Buckeye terminal. It was an employee of Wolverine Pipe Line Company that first reported the spill.

The 6-inch pipeline that transports gasoline to the terminal runs from Hammond, Ind., to Niles.

"Buckeye safely transports 42,000,000 gallons (159,600 000litres) daily, and rarely do accidents occur," Buckeye spokesman Mike Norris said. "We take our pipeline responsibilities very seriously. And we’ll obviously restore this area as soon as possible so normal activity can return."

Few residents likely knew what was going on because the tanks are in a heavy industrial area with few homes.

Billie Tittle, who has lived on Third just south of Fulkerson Road for 50 years, did take a peak from her front yard to see what the commotion was about. She said that, although gas spills have happened over the years in "Tank Town," they aren’t as frequent anymore.

"You get used to it," she said. "It’s a lot better than it used to be. You used to have a lot of gas smells. But there’s not as much the last 10 to 15 years."
The leak caused Third between Fulkerson and Bell Road to be closed most of the day Saturday. (Source wsbt.com)

PETROL TANKER DRIVER RAMS INTO PASSENGERS IN BORNO (Nigeria)

August 1,2010 Marama Nigeria

Tragedy occurred yesterday when an unidentified tanker driver suspected to be a smuggler of petroleum products lost control of his vehicle around the popular Bama- Banki Junction and ram  into passengers and trapped them when he was about to negotiate his way, living the driver and the passengers dead.

The incident which occurred 9 o’clock in the morning, vanguard gathered, the Tanker is fully loaded with Premium Motor Spirit also known as Petrol, and when the driver who was coming from Maiduguri with a high speed trying to negotiate its way, somersaulted on the waiting_ passengers and after five seconds catched fire.

Bama_ Banki Road is just 40 kilometers away to the Boarder town of Borno and Cameroon Republic . According to an eye witness, Mallam Babagana Bukar Maina, a hawker along the junction said that the young looking driver believed not to be conversant with the road was coming with a speed from Maiduguri enroute Bama to Banki town, and on reaching the round about, he eventually missed control and ram into some stranded passengers including a woman with her one child.

Maina said immediately when some of the hawkers noticed the hell coming their way, they managed to run away for their dear lives, but unfortunately that the tanker exploded within a twinkle of an eye, and that the fire consumed those trapped without any rescue.

Our Reporter who was also plying the same road ten minutes after the explosion revealed that , as at the time of filing this report, the truck and the victims were still trapped in the inferno, as no any fire service men or rescue team were seen at the scene, only some few mobile policemen who were also plying the same road were giving directives for motorists not to pass along the Maiduguri_ Gwoza – Yola federal highway. Source www.vanguardngr.com

ILLEGAL TRANSFER CAUSED SUNRISE PROPANE BLAST (Ontario, Canada)

August 9, 2010 –

Almost two years after a Downsview propane yard erupted in flames killing one employee and indirectly causing the fatal heart attack of a Toronto firefighter, a report now points to the cause of the disaster.

The confidential report leaked from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office concludes that an illegal truck-to-truck transfer caused the explosion and fire eruption.

Critics charge that the government is allowing industry to "police itself" through the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). The TSSA has confirmed that at that time of the explosion and despite a 2006 warning, Sunrise routinely allowed the "unsafe practice" of truck-to-truck transfers.

The Ontario Fire Marshall eventually released its version of the report in a news release that states, "The cause has been identified as a propane leak that resulted from a hose failure during a ‘tank-to-tank’ transfer from one cargo truck to another," adding that, "The ignition source has not been determined."

"This incident had a major impact on the community," Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke said in a report published in the Toronto Sun. "Two people died, thousands were evacuated and property damage and clean up costs were extensive. It is hoped the OFM’s investigation can contribute to preventing similar incidents from ever happening again."

OFM officials said recommendations from the report will be sent to the propane advisory team that was formed by the OFM and includes government, agency, propane industry and fire service representatives. Source www.hazmatmag.com

SECOND OIL SPILL IN A MONTH IN SAME AREA (Pakistan)

August 2, 2010 Clifton Pakistan

Around 50,000 litres of oil spilled in Clifton Block 2 when a parked truck overturned on Friday.

Tanker overturned in Pakistan
Tanker overturned in Pakistan

The model L-6 truck, bearing registration number K-3308 from Quetta, flipped over because the shaft pin that connected the tanker with the front of the vehicle was displaced.

"Someone must have pulled the pin out of the shaft," said the driver of the truck, Habib Rehman. "The moment the truck moved, the tanker lost its balance and overturned."

The tanker also damaged the left door and the frame of another oil tanker parked parallel to it on the service road, said the driver, adding that this one was manufactured by Hino with registration number TKK-279.

The spill occurred at 2:35 pm, right after Friday prayers, so a large crowd gathered to collect as much oil as possible. "Many people, including policemen, started filling the oil in drums and jars after the spill," claimed Bakhtullah Afridi, a representative of MS Venus, a company that holds the contract for the tanker.

A police official defended the miscreants and said it was not a sin to collect the oil as it helped clear the area. "Who will use this form of oil mixed with dirt? And even if we got some then it is not a big deal," he said.

The oil tanker lost 25,000 litres of oil, according to an estimate by the contractor. He said that the tanker was parked for two days and was about to head to its destination when the accident took place.

Officials of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) also arrived and took measures to stop the tanker from spilling more oil and spreading to the surrounding areas. The CDGK staff covered the spill with sand to make the road less slippery. A lifter was also called to move the oil tanker. Boat Basin police blocked one side of the road leading towards Bilawal House.

Later, Rangers were also called in to patrol the area surrounding the site of the spill.

The oil tanker was insured by Adamjee insurance so several officers of the company also reached the site to assess the level of damage.

"The amount of insurance will be given to MS Venus but the exact amount of the losses cannot be ascertained at the moment," said Afridi, adding that it would be evaluated based on the export rate.

A similar incident took place in June when a speeding oil tanker, carrying at least 40,000 litres overturned near Bilawal Chowrangi in Clifton. Residents have often complained about the illegal parking of such tankers in the area but the tanker associations claim they are still awaiting an alternate terminal.

"This [situation] is dangerous for people living here," said a resident of Sea Cliff apartments. "First the smell of the sea shells was disturbing us, now the oil. I will not be able to open my window for God knows how many days," she exclaimed.

These tankers should be moved immediately from the area, said a resident, appealing to the governor, the chief minister and the chief justice of Pakistan to help them out.

Source www tribune.com.pk

OKLAHOMA POLICE PREVENT TANKER-TRAIN CRASH, EXPLOSION

August 7, 2010 Enid, Oklahoma. USA (AP) —

Two Enid police officers were able to move a stalled fuel tanker truck off a set of railroad tracks with only seconds to spare before a train reached the crossing.

Detective Robin Bench and Officer Ryan Fuxa got the call Thursday evening and rushed to the scene near Vance Air Force Base.

They found a tanker with 8,000 gallons of jet fuel on the tracks while a locomotive was pulling a string of cars less than a mile away.

The officers flagged down a large truck and got a heavy chain from a business near the scene. The tanker cleared the tracks seconds before the crossing gate came down.

Police Lt. Eric Holtzclaw says the officers prevented a large-scale explosion that no doubt saved lives, especially considering there was no time to evacuate the area.

Source www.fox23.com

EMERGENCY CREWS REMAIN ON SCENE OF FUEL SPILL IN SUMMIT (Illinois)

August 9, 2010 Summit Illinois USA

Emergency crews remained on the scene of a fuel tanker crash where thousands of gallons of gasoline have spilled onto the roadway Monday morning in southwest suburban Summit.

The crash happened near the intersection of Route 171 and Archer Road, according to a police dispatcher from the neighboring village of McCook, who confirmed emergency crews from the village have been asked to assist with the resulting fuel spill.

McCook Police were notified about 12:40 a.m. Monday, the dispatcher said.

Unconfirmed dispatch reports indicated 3500 gallons of unleaded gasoline was spilled in a rollover crash by a fuel tanker.

A Level I HazMat -- which automatically sends five ambulances -- was called according to a Summit Police dispatcher. The HazMat was secured shortly after 7 a.m.

Emergency and clean up crews remained on the scene as of 7:30 a.m., according to the Summit dispatcher.

Police had blocked off roads Monday morning westbound on S. Archer Rd. from 1st Avenue to South Harlem Road, southbound on 1st Avenue (Route 171) to West 59th Street, and northbound on 1st Avenue to West 55th Place. Source wwwsuntimes.com

FUEL TANKER OVERTURNS NEAR MASAKA (Uganda)

August 7, 2010 Uganda

Residents of Kijabwemi and Kyabakuza suburbs near Masaka town emptied a fuel tanker, which over turned at Kijabwemi T-junction on the Masaka-Mbarara highway.

Overturned tanker in Uganda

The incident occurred at about 5:00am on Friday, when the driver lost control of the tank, which was heading to Kigali. The tank belonged to Etelec Company in Kigali.

The tank driver, whose name could not be established, was rushed to Masaka Hospital with multiple injuries, the Masaka traffic officer, Stephen Muhozi, said.

"The driver must have fallen asleep while the vehicle was moving, resulting in the accident," he said.

Muhozi added that he was at Matanga on the Masaka-Kampala Road, when he received a call about the accident.

He said on reaching the scene, he found residents siphoning fuel from the tank using basins and jerry cans.
Muhozi said the Police with the help of the army dispersed the residents to avoid a fire out break.

Muhozi said the tank was carrying diesel but noted that the situation could have gone bad if it was petrol, which is highly flammable.

He said the slippery road had caused several accidents, involving other trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians.
Residents of the area suggested that the T-junction should be widened to reduce accidents.

Source www.sundayvision.com.ug

HIGHWAY 83 NORTH CLOSED DUE TO TANKER CRASH (Nebraska)

August 16, 2010 North Platte, Nebraska USA

A tanker truck has wrecked on Highway 83 just north of the North Platte River, causing officials to close Highway 83 from Cody Park to Hall School Road due to concerns of explosions.

Tanker rollover in North Platte
Tanker rollover in North Platte

The unidentified driver died at the scene. Three North Platte firefighters were taken to the hospital due to exposure to diesel fuel.

Firefighters from the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department aided in the response.

Source. www.nptelegraph.com

TANKER SCENE IN MONGOLIA

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August 16, 2010 Tashanta Mongolia

Today was mainly intended as a final push to reach the border and we just some of the mountain scenery the Altai is famous for continued driving through the Altai region, reaching 1800 metres at one point. 

Stopping at the last major town before the border we found the local post office.  The request to send anything to England was obviously so unusual it took the lady behind the counter 10 minutes of looking up various reference books to work out how much it should cost.  No internet and no public phones in town!!

Much of the road has been winding over the mountains.  As a reminder to the remains of a lorry crash with contents still seeping out on to the ground care that needs to be taken on these roads we passed the remains of a tanker that had been coming down the hill. 

Clearly the driver had lost control on one of the bends and crashed through the crash barrier, which remained un-repaired. 
The remains of the cab were spread out in the water below (about 20 feet), while the remains of the tanker itself had been pushed down the road into a lay by created by a feature in the rock face. 

Amazingly there was still tar oozing out of a gash in the side of the tanker, on to the ground below.  It’s hard to guess but we figure the accident must have happened several days ago. 

Can’t imagine it being left like that in the UK. The road would have been closed for several hours while a clean up operation and safety inspection had been carried out.

Source www.goingoverland.com

I-271 REOPENS AFTER TANKER TRUCK, FIRE TRUCK COLLIDE (Ohio)

August 16, 2010 WALTON HILLS, Ohio USA

An accident on Interstate 271 in Walton Hills led to police closing the north bound lanes of the interstate for several hours on Monday afternoon.

Police in Oakwood Village tell Fox 8 News the lanes were closed Monday afternoon after a tanker truck carrying gasoline slammed into the back of a Walton Hills fire truck parked along the highway. The fire truck was on scene assisting with an earlier accident along the roadway south bound lane around 4:00 p.m.

Tanker and Fire Engine crash

Authorities had closed traffic in both directions on the interstate before opening the
The accident caused gasoline to leak from the tanker truck. According to authorities, 50-150 gallons of fuel was spilled onto I-271 right under the Alexander overpass. The tanker was holding approximately 8,500 gallons at the time of the accident.

According to Oakwood Village Fire Chief James Schade, no one was injured in the crash and damage to the fire truck is estimated at $100,000.

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TWO DEAD IN NOVA SCOTIA HIGHWAY TANKER CRASH (Canada)

August 18, 2010 KENZIEVILLE, N.S. Canada

Two people are dead following a crash between a pickup and a tanker truck on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nova Scotia.

The highway has been closed near Kenzieville and traffic is being rerouted.

Krista Beck of the province's Emergency Health Services says paramedics pronounced two people dead at the scene.

RCMP say the tanker caught fire and a hazardous materials team has been brought in.
Fire officials say the blaze is under control, but they are letting the fuel burn itself off so nothing leaks into a nearby river.

Cleanup crews at Nova Scotia incident


Department of Natural Resources officials are on the scene to monitor the blaze.

The highway is expected to be closed in both directions until late Wednesday night or possibly into Thursday morning. Source www.metronews.ca

Video of the Nova Scotia incident

TWO DIE AS OIL TANKER FALLS INTO SATLUJ RIVER

August 15, 2010 Shimla INDIA

Two persons were killed as an oil-laden tanker rolled down into Satluj River at Talai area near Rampur this afternoon, police said .

Driver of the ill-fated vehicle, Shaish Ram (40), and another person, Mukesh (19), succumbed to their injures on the spot and their bodies were retrieved later in the day.

The tanker was owned by HIMFED and was on its way to Tapri of Kinnaur district. Police said oil spilled into the river within few minutes polluting water to a great extent. Source www.hazami.com

FATAL HEAD-ON ACCIDENT ON I-215 SPARKS FIRE & CLOSES HIGHWAY (Utah)

August 17, 2010 Salt Lake County Utah USA-

A Toyota Camry traveling the wrong direction westbound on I-215 collided head-on with a tanker truck triggering a massive fire Wednesday morning in Salt Lake County.

The accident happened on I-215 westbound at 6200 South and 2300 East at around 10 a.m. Unified Fire Authority confirms the driver of the car was killed in the accident. The driver of the tanker truck was taken to the Intermountain Medical Center in serious condition.

I-215 at this time is closed westbound/southbound at 6200 South. All lanes are now reopened to eastbound/northbound traffic at this time.

Unified Fire Authority Capt. Clint Smith said the fuel tank of the truck ruptured and exploded, spilling fuel on the freeway.
"Our crews are still working on the clean-up of that fuel," said Smith.

Tanker fire on Hwy 215
Tanker fire on Hwy 215
Another view of 215 fire
Another view of 215 fire
Photo of wreckage
Photo of wreckage

Crews say it will take hours to clean up the mess.

Smith also said the impact of the accident moved the Camry several yards away down the roadway.

 

He said the driver of the car was an elderly man who entered the freeway on one of the on-ramps going the wrong direction. Witnesses of the accident say the man was looking confused.

Is it not known at this time whether the tanker truck contains hazardous material. Officials on the scene report the truck does not have Hazmat placards on it.

The fire from the accident also forced the evacuation of several nearby homes for short time.

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