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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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May 2011


The Stage 2 Pilot for the CROIERG/NBTA Training Course In Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations was held at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Training Complex on the Sutton Road, Canberra on March 30th and 31st and April 1st

Participants were from the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA member companies who attended the Stage 1 Course earlier in March.

Industry observers providing expertise were:

  • Paul Pulver and Brian Withers of Ron Finemore Transport;
  • Gary Davoren of Transpacific Industries
  • Rupert Hussey of the NBTA; and
  • Rob Perkins (NBTA CEO) who was also in attendance and took on the role of official photographer

There was general consensus that the course met the objectives set and a full evaluation of the three days is at present underway

The successful completion of this Stage 2 Pilot Course is a major step forward in putting in place a professionally structured training course, with national accreditation status for our industry

The management and staff at TISC did a first class job in the development and implementation of this project.

CROIERG provided the training aids used in the practical applications and we will make some minor changes to increase the effectiveness of some units.

Chief Instructor Neil Bauer at the Cutaway Training Unit

Chief Instructor Neil Bauer at the Cutaway Training Unit

Brian Withers makes a point

Brian Withers makes a point

Course designer Ivan Johnston & Head Instructor Neil Bauer

Course designer Ivan Johnston & Head Instructor Neil Bauer

Fire & Rescue NSW and industry people have a pow wow

Fire & Rescue NSW and industry people have a pow wow

Fire Brigade

Fire Brigade

Gary Davoren and class

Gary Davoren and class

Hole drilling students

Hole drilling students

Gary Davoren explaining a point

Gary Davoren explaining a point

Hooking up the diaphragm pump

Hooking up the diaphragm pump

In the class room

In the class room

It’s in the creek down there

It’s in the creek down there

Paul Pulver explains how the internal valve works

Paul Pulver explains how the internal valve works

Pumpout time

Pumpout time

Rupert Hussey NBTA and CROIERG’s Brian O’Connor

Rupert Hussey NBTA and CROIERG’s Brian O’Connor

Steve Perkins FRNSW gives his viewpoint

Steve Perkins FRNSW gives his viewpoint

Team No.1 get their instructions for the environmental cleanup

Team No.1 get their instructions for the environmental cleanup

The small Rollover Tanker Training Unit class

The small Rollover Tanker Training Unit class

Unloading the spill response trailer

Unloading the spill response trailer


CROIERG welcomes FBT TRANSWEST to membership of the group

FBT Transwest is a privately owned company founded in 1972, as a Bulk Transports Operator.


The company specializes in the carriage, storage & handling of hazardous and non-hazardous product in bulk in road tankers, ISO Tanks, containers, Flexi bags and various other forms of packaging.

FBT Transwest has the expertise and resources to offer a totally seamless service, and has been servicing the needs of the chemical and petroleum industries for almost 40 years.


The CROIERG Yass NSW Spill Response Trailer has been relocated to:

Rear of The Goodradigbee Centre

Cnr. Dutton & Rossi Street


The trailer is located in a CROIERG Shipping Container on site and our trailer hosts are Yass Valley Council.

Yass Shipping Container

Yass Shipping Container

Contact numbers remain unchanged.


Data shows the most dangerous part of HAZMAT occurs when the it is transferred between the rail or truck

PHMSA (Petroleum & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) has announced a proposed rule that would protect the public by improving the safe transfer of hazardous materials to and from rail cargo and highway cargo trucks. The proposed rule would require additional training for employees and new safety requirements for motor carriers and facilities that transfer hazardous materials to and from rail cargo and highway cargo trucks. PHMSA data show that the most dangerous part of transporting hazardous materials by highway cargo trucks and by rail occurs when the hazardous material is being transferred by hose or pipe between the holding facility and the rail or truck transporting it. More specifically, the data show that human error and equipment failure also cause the greatest number of incidents during loading and unloading operations, sometimes with tragic consequences.

The notice proposes to add requirements including:

  1. Practice drills and classroom training of truck drivers and other workers who unload or load hazardous material;
  2. Training on automatic valve shut down to ensure the systems are in place and that employees know how to use the systems;
  3. Developing inspection and maintenance programs to ensure the safety of hoses, valves and other equipment used in loading and unloading.

Between October and December 2010, five of the six incidents involving death or major injury were related to the loading and unloading of hazardous materials. Over the past 10 years, fatal and serious accidents during the process of transferring hazardous materials between rail or trucks and holding tanks prompted two recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board and one from the Chemical Safety Board.

Those recommendations are discussed in detail in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and based on the following accidents:

  • On July 14, 2001, in Riverview, MI, methyl mercaptan was released from a rail tank car during unloading. The material ignited, engulfing the tank car in flames. Three plant employees were killed, and 2,000 people living in the surrounding neighborhood were evacuated.
  • On September 13, 2002, in Freeport, TX, a tank car containing about 6,500 gallons of oleum -- fuming sulphuric acid and sulphur trioxide -- ruptured at a transfer station. Twenty-eight people received minor injuries, and residents living within one mile had to shelter-in-place for 5-1/2 hours. Two storage tanks near the transfer station were damaged, and they released 660 gallons of the hazardous material.
  • On August 14, 2002, in Festus, MO, an unloading hose ruptured releasing approximately 24 tons of chlorine over three hours. The magnitude of the incident was exacerbated because the emergency shutdown system failed. Three residents were admitted to the hospital, and hundreds were evacuated or asked to shelter-in-place.
  • On August 11, 2005, in Baton Rouge, LA, a chlorine transfer hose ruptured, although the emergency shutdown system operated properly, and the release ended in under a minute.

The public comment period for this notice ends 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. The final rule is scheduled for publication on March 11, 2011.

The proposed rule is available on the PHMSA website.


The material sourced again from Don Johnston’s first class Dangerous Goods Hazmat Group (Australia)


April 23, 2011 Perth WATanker on fire in Perth WA

A petrol tanker exploded into flames after colliding with a car on Roe Highway, Beckenham, this morning.

Police believe a blown-out tyre on the B-double truck may have caused it to swerve into the four-wheel-drive, which was travelling in the same northerly direction.

The truck was carrying 45,000 litres of diesel fuel. Both vehicles caught alight.

Two people who were in the four-wheel-drive are in a stable condition in hospital. The truck driver escaped injury.

The crash was under the Brixton Street bridge just after 11am. The fire has damaged about 100m of road on Roe Highway and has also burned through an area of scrub.

Emergency services are on the scene and Main Roads WA is assessing the road and bridge structure.

Fifty career Fire and Rescue Service and volunteer Bush Fire Brigade firefighters attended.

According to WA Police, Roe Highway will be closed in both directions between the Kenwick Link exit and Welshpool Road for the rest of the day. Northbound lanes are likely to remain closed for most of the night. Brixton Street and the Brixton Street bridge are also closed.


Canadian National Railways (CN) FINED $75,000 FOR SPILL (Canada)

March 15, Ontario Canada.

A fine of $75,000 has been levied against the Canadian National Railway (CN) for a diesel spill in North Surrey's Thornton Yard two years ago.

CN learned of the leak at about 2:30 p.m. on March 5, 2009, and had the fuel turned off within an hour.

By then, however, much of the diesel had spilled into the salmon bearing Fraser River. CN notified provincial and federal authorities.

Last Friday, the company was ordered to pay $75,000 for introducing a deleterious substance into waters frequented by fish.

A total of $70,000 of those penalties is being directed to projects related to the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat in the waters of the Fraser River and its tributaries.



The USA Chemical Safety & Hazards Investigation has produced a short video with a safety message.

View the video.


March 24, 2011 Fort Worth Texas USA

Firefighters in Texas pulled a daring rescue after an early-morning crash left an 18-wheeler dangling off the edge of a highway ramp.

Tanker hanging off bridge in Forth Worth

Tanker hanging off bridge in Forth Worth

Firefighters and burning Ft Worth tanker

Firefighters and burning Ft Worth tanker

Crews rushed to the scene at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, after a truck hauling a massive tanker collided with a small Honda on an interstate ramp in Forth Worth, fire officials said.

Using an elevated ladder and harness system, fire crews hoisted a firefighter nearly 50 feet into the air and pulled the shaken driver from the cab, Forth Worth Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman said.

Nearly three hours later, crews also rescued a man and woman from the Honda, which had become wedged between the tanker and a guardrail.

The truck driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released, Hardeman said.

The man and the woman, who were not identified, were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. "It was a miracle that they survived," Hardeman told the Daily News.


A Spill with a Difference Ed

March 26, 2011 Brisbane QLD

A B-double truck has overturned in an industrial area of Brisbane, spilling animal fat into a creek and affecting wildlife.

Ducks that were in the creek were coated in animal fat and the RSPCA has been helping clean them.

EPA officers are at the spill, which occurred on Curtain Road West at Eagle Farm.

The driver was not hurt.



And here is an incident in which a bit of Irish ingenuity brings a good result. Ed

April 14, 2011 Eniskillen, Northern Ireland

Tanker and wrecked car in Northern IrelandA quick-thinking milk tanker driver has been hailed as a hero after saving the lives of two young men by extinguishing a fire with milk.

Michael Coyle (46) sprang into action after a car was in collision with his milk tanker on the brow of a hill on the Derrylin Road near Eniskillen on Sunday afternoon and burst into flames.

The pair were trapped inside — but quick-thinking Mr Coyle put out the fire by attaching a pipe to his tanker and spraying the blazing wreckage with milk after his first attempts to tackle the blaze with a fire extinguisher failed.

Help arrived at the scene quickly but it took firefighters almost two hours using heavy hydraulic equipment to cut free the two men — both believed to be from Co Cavan — from the vehicle.

Eniskillen Fire Service commander Martin Jeffrey, who led a team of 15 firefighters in the rescue operation, said: "It was down to the driver’s actions that the two men were saved, as we had to come from Eniskillen — which is between 10 and 12 minutes away from the crash — so the fire would have grown."

He said the rescue effort was hampered because the passenger and driver compartments had been severely damaged.

But he praised the efforts of firefighters to save the two men. The crash victims were transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where one is said to be in a critical condition while the other passenger’s condition remains serious.

"They were as heavily trapped as I have ever seen in all my 28 years in the Fire Service," he added.

Mr Coyle, from Douglas Bridge, Newtonstewart, was too shaken to speak after the incident but haulier Tony Gallagher spoke about the heroic actions of his employee.

He said Mr Coyle, who was driving the milk tanker to the Killeshandra depot of Lakeland Dairies, was a dedicated worker and praised his quick thinking to save the lives of the two young men.



April 13, 2011 Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire UK

More than 80 emergency service workers attended one of the biggest rescue exercises ever witnessed in North Lincolnshire

Operation Optimus Prime, at the Tata Steel Works site in Scunthorpe, mocked up the carnage created from a multi-vehicle pile-up involving a 100-tonne truck, a 40-tonne tanker, a car, a van and a motorbike.

The exercise tested and trained the first response team on the Tata site, who were backed up by an air support unit, the Safer Roads Partnership and the emergency services.

Scunthorpe site director Sean Lyons said: "We are working with our emergency services partners to provide facilities for this realistic multi-vehicle exercise, to help equip them with essential lifesaving skills for use in the community.Lincolnshire emergency exercise

"We all hope that our loved ones never find themselves in a situation where they have to be cut out from a multi-vehicle collision.

"But if the worst happened, we would want to be confident our emergency services had the best possible training to deal with the situation effectively.

"The emergency services work very hard all year round protecting us from harm.

"By allowing them to train on our site, we can make a small contribution to their lifesaving expertise."

The exercise simulated a major road traffic accident with smoke that took hold of the whole scene.

The Tata Steel Works first responders were the first on the scene, taking immediate action with the casualties who were suffering minor injuries.

It was not long until a convoy of sirens from Scunthorpe, Winterton and Barton fire services raced towards the crash site. Crews spilled out with hose reels and breathing apparatus ready to assess the situation.

Air support hovered high in the sky, taking overhead images of the devastation below.

An area was created for the minorly injured casualties to sit and be treated while the ambulance and police arrived to start treating those trapped in the collision.

Two casualties in the van were removed by the fire service, using specialised cutters. The van's side body was taken away, allowing the team to have easy access.

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Editors Note.

The editor lives in a town, which advertises itself as "THE FINE WOOL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD". Maybe this provides an opportunity for all of our local woolgrowers to at last see a financial solution on the horizon?

By Chiara Remondini and Alessandra Migliaccio - Mar 31, 2011

An Italian group was granted a patent for developing technology that collects oil spilled in the sea based on the water repellent qualities of raw wool.

The patent was developed by Luciano Donatelli, Mauro Rossetti and Mario Ploner utilizing the water-repelling properties of coarse wool, which can absorb 10 times its weight in oil, through Gruppo Creativi Associati, according to a presentation today in Milan.

"We are able, in a fairly simple way, to recuperate a good 950 tons of oil, equal to 6,350 barrels, with 10 tons of greasy wool because the same wool can be used at least 10 times over," Rossetti said.

"The oil can then be processed straight away in any refinery."

The entrepreneurs began working on the project after 4.1 million barrels of crude spilled into the Gulf of Mexico last year when BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded while drilling a well, causing the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. BP has reserved more than $40 billion to cover expenses for the cleanup, restoration and government fines related to the spill.

Rossetti heads the textile association of Biella, a city at the foothill of the Alps in northwestern Italy and a center for wool and textile processing dating back to the 13th century. The province is also where the men’s luxury clothing group Ermenegildo Zegna was founded in 1910.

Rossetti, Donatelli and Ploner say raw wool, wool shorn from a sheep and not processed, is often considered a waste by sheep farmers and poses disposal problems.

Oil Cleanups

Wool absorbent pads have been used in the cleanup of oil around the globe. Following the Gulf spill, Monterey Mills, the largest manufacturer of knit pile fabric in the U.S. submitted a proposal for clean-ups with wool to the federal government.

The Italian businessmen say their development, rather than just offering wool pads, creates a patented system that follows the whole process of cleanup from placing the wool to collecting it, squeezing, reusing and then storing oil and dirty wool that alone can weigh as much as 28,000 kilos after use.

Spills ranging from 300,000 to 1 million tons of oil could be cleaned with 10,000 tons of raw wool, the statement said.



April 9, 2011 North Dakota USA

North Dakota’s first oil and saltwater spill into Lake Sakakawea caught the industry unprepared for a lake cleanup, but that could soon change.

A group of oil well and pipeline owners was already making plans to spend $1 million on boats, booms, skimmers and ice-borne pumps for fast response to a lake accident when the first spill into the lake was reported April 2.

Petro-Hunt LLC says five barrels of oil and 100 barrels of saltwater escaped a pipeline rupture at well north of Keene, near the lake on the south side.

A committee of 12 well owners and three pipeline companies with wells and pipelines near the lake started talking after last summer’s BP  Deepwater well blowout in the Gulf.

Committee chairman Jack Braun, of Whiting Petroleum, one of the largest oil producers in the oil patch, said the recent spill into Lake Sakakawea could put plans on the fast track.

"My reaction (to the lake spill) was, ‘Oh, no.’ I was really disappointed. This is a black eye for the entire industry. It might encourage the committee to work faster," Braun said.

Most of the oil was recovered, but all the saltwater reached the lake, though diluted by running snowmelt.

Rep. Kenton Onstad, D-Parshall, said he’s asked state oil regulators about the lack of a statewide plan in the event of a lake spill.

"What’s the plan when a tanker driver from Texas slides around the curve (at New Town) and goes off the bridge? What’s the plan for that?" he said.

He said oil wells could be sited a safe distance from the water and reach oil with long horizontal legs. "Why play with disaster?" Onstad said. "So many wells are near water. There should be better precautions so that any major spill doesn’t hit the lake."

The Dakota Resource Council, an environmental  group, said the first lake spill is among eight reported spills in a year, and troubling because lake water is used for community drinking water and agriculture.

Braun said the companies recognize the weakness in the overall spill response plan and are voluntarily moving to make it stronger.

 "Our goal is create a cooperative to maintain spill response equipment that’s big enough to operate on the lake, or get oil under the ice," he said. "We recognize the potential danger and we want to voluntarily do what’s right," Braun said.

Braun said the committee members identified more than 100 of their own wells and a "handful" of pipelines close to the lake, or on tributaries. "These have the potential to either spill directly into the lake, or into drainage to the lake," he said.

One oil pipeline is attached to the underside of the 4 Bears bridge at New Town, which spans the lake.

He said a lake accident is more likely to involve hundreds, not thousands of barrels. A possible scenario is loss of well control causing oil or mist to shoot out from the well, or a pipeline break, which could potentially be worse, he said.

Braun said the committee is looking into how to jointly own the equipment, where to store it and training. The committee will meet Thursday to review draft agreements, he said. Part of the discussion will be about sharing equipment with companies that aren’t in on the purchase.

If it goes well, Braun said it’s possible the equipment could be purchased within months.

He said spill prevention is engineered into well equipment, into the strength of pipes and valves, and maintained through inspections for corrosion and other problems.

By law, oil companies are required to have spill response plans. There are about 20 response trailers in the oil patch with personal protection, booms, absorbent pads, fencing, and the like for a land spill. None of that gets to oil out on the lake, and that presented a troublesome gap in the overall response plan, Braun said.

When an SM Energy oil well near Arnegard caught fire last month, specialized well control equipment was trucked from Texas and arrived four days later.

Braun said having lake response equipment in the oil patch means it could be on the water within hours. He said committee plans to purchase a couple of larger boats, capable of pulling up to 5,000 feet of oil-trapping boom, a couple of smaller work boats, two oil skimmers and possibly an air boat for working close to shore. An ice response would involve equipment to drill holes or trenches on the ice to accommodate pumps.

Onstad said he thinks state regulators need to give more thought to wells sited near the lake before there is a major spill. "A double dike (around wells) is not good enough," he said.



March 25, 2011 Genesee County, New York State USA

A stretch of Route 33 in Genesee County closed for more than six hours today following a crash that involved an overturned tanker hauling diesel fuel.

New York State Police are investigating the crash, which involved the rig and three other vehicles, about 7:40 a.m. A stretch of the road, between Griswold and Dublin roads, was still closed as of 3 p.m.

A woman injured in the crash was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight, according to fire officials at the scene. Two other people were taken to Strong for treatment.

Robin Lewis of Bergen was northbound on West Bergen Road when she stopped at a stop sign at Route 33. After she started to turn left onto the highway, her car was hit by a tractor trailer that was westbound on Route 33. The car spun and struck a car driven by Audrey Waterman of Bergen, who had stopped on Route 33 and was waiting to turn left onto West Bergen Road.

Meanwhile, the tanker, driven by Mark Shaw of Warsaw, Wyoming County, continued west and struck a car that Rosalie Pacino of Batavia was driving east on Route 33.

The tractor-trailer rolled into a ditch, trapping Pacino and her car under the trailer. Firefighters were later able to remove her from the wreckage.

Diesel fuel that spilled from the tanker truck has been contained by the Genesee County hazardous materials unit. Authorities this afternoon were clearing the spilled fuel from the scene, troopers said. The road is expected to remain closed for much of the day.

Lewis, Pacino and Shaw were all being evaluated at Strong, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Charges are pending.

View a video of the incident.


April 5, 2011 COBOURG, Ontario, Canada — The Canadian Press

An undetermined amount of jet fuel spilled from a tanker car Sunday after a freight train derailed near Cobourg, Ont., officials said.

The fuel leaked into a ditch on the north side of the tracks, away from Lake Ontario, said Jim Feeny, a spokesman for CN Rail.

The spill was contained by late Sunday afternoon, and the company will install containment booms as a precaution, he said Sunday. Earlier reports suggested no fuel had been spilled.

More than a dozen homes were evacuated Sunday near the incident in Hamilton Township, which separates Cobourg and Port Hope.

About 25 cars, including two carrying jet fuel and another carrying propane, came off the tracks just after noon, Mr. Feeny said.

Firefighters monitored a small fire in the propane car Sunday evening, he said.

An earlier grass fire was controlled by firefighters, said Mayor Mark Lovshin. No injuries were reported and there was minimal risk to the public, Mr. Lovshin said.

Residents forced to leave their homes have gone off on their own, since it's not clear whether they'll need shelter overnight, he said.

The province's emergency management agency said residents should prepare to be out of their homes for several days.

Emergency Management Ontario is urging people to leave the area between Ward Street, Hamilton Road, Theatre Road South and Lake Ontario. The area is mostly farmland, with a few homes and some industrial buildings.

Via Rail service has temporarily shut down on the Toronto-Ottawa and Toronto-Montreal lines. Passengers will be travelling by bus until the track has been cleared. Police, firefighters and CN staff are investigating the incident.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has also sent a team to the site. The board is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation incidents.



April 2, 2011 St. Charles Missouri USATanker that ran into work truck in Missour

Interstate 70 was shut down in both directions for nearly 20 minutes late Friday morning after a crash and fire involving a gasoline tanker and a Missouri Department of Transportation truck.

The interstate was closed between Zumbehl Road and Highway 94 from 11:25 to about 11:45 while hazmat crews cleared the scene, authorities said. Some lanes remained closed into the afternoon.

Capt. Dan Casey of the St. Charles Fire Department said the tractor trailer hit the large, yellow MoDOT truck on westbound I-70 about 11:15 a.m. The semi's cab caught fire, he said, but flames did not spread to the trailer.

Tom Blair, assistant district engineer with MoDOT, said the driver of the MoDOT truck was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Blair said the truck was part of a MoDOT work crew that was moving along the interstate repairing potholes.

Such crews typically have at least one truck with repair material followed by another truck positioned to protect the working truck, he said. The protecting truck was the one that was hit.

Cpl. Jeff Wilson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said the tanker truck ran into the MoDOT truck when it could not stop after cresting a hill.

Traffic after tanker and work truck crash

The tanker pushed the MoDOT truck into another lane and the tanker ran into a median wall, Wilson said. He said the tanker was filled with 8,500 gallons of diesel fuel.

Blair said the incident again underscores the need for motorists to look out for work crews. He said the crew was preceded by warning signs.




March 29, 2011 HOOSICK New York State USA–

About 100 homes and businesses were evacuated within a mile of where a tractor-trailer hauling 10,000 gallons of propane rolled over and caught fire Monday afternoon on Route 7, Rensselaer County officials said.

The evacuation was carried out as a precaution in the event the propane tanker truck explodes, sending a fireball and metal fragments shooting out.

The tanker truck went off the road and continues to burn, said Chris Meyer, a spokesman for County Executive Kathleen Jimino.

The truck was headed east on Route 7 when it ran off the road and crashed, knocking out electric power to some of the surrounding area, the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office said. The tanker truck is owned and operated by Venezia Hauling whose corporate headquarters is in Royersford, Pa.

The accident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. near the Man of Kent Tavern at 4552 Route 7, just west of the intersection with Route 22.

The driver of the truck was airlifted by helicopter to Albany Medical Center Hospital, deputies said. The extent of the driver's injuries and his identity are not yet available. No one else has been reported injured.

Ten fire departments, with the Hoosick Fire Department heading the operation, are at the scene. Water is being used to cool the propane tank as the leaking fuel burns off.

Officials are worried that a "BLEVE" (pronounced "blevee") or boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion may occur, said Troy Fire Chief Thomas Garrett after returning from the scene. The Troy Fire Department houses and staffs the Rensselaer County HAZMAT Team, which was called to the accident scene.

If a BLEVE were to occur, the explosion could send the tank shooting off like a rocket and cause a fireball in the surrounding area, Garrett explained.

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed flight restrictions around the fire scene at the request of local law enforcement, said Jim Peters, an FAA spokesman in New York City.

Aircraft are not allowed to fly in the airspace below 3,000 feet within 5 miles of the accident scene.

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Crews From DEP Continue to Clean Up Diesel Fuel Spill (Maine)

April 1, 2011 Columbia Falls, MAINE USA

Columbia Falls - Crews from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are busy in Columbia Falls, cleaning up a diesel fuel spill.

The spill has worried the folks who run a nearby fish hatchery.

About 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a parked tanker truck into the Pleasant River in Columbia Falls Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Members of the Department of Environmental Protection have been on scene since.

"Basically stop the flow of oil wherever we can. Contain it and then get it up and out of the environment."

They've had to do several things on site.

"They did some digging and a lot of booming and padding. Work along the area that's been affected."

The spill also affected the Pleasant River Fish Hatchery. The diesel fuel came down the river, into their intake system.

"We're raising endangered Atlantic salmon for restoration purposes."

Dwayne Shaw, Executive Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, says they've had to change their daily work routine.

"We've had to put carbon filters into the system. DEP has been great and all the oil response crew has come out in force."

Shaw says the hatchery houses 135,000 Atlantic Salmon.

He says they have toxicologists coming in to test the salmon. This isn't the first time they've dealt with spills.

"Unfortunately, this is about the fourth in seven years. Usually much smaller from household systems that have sprung a leak. So this is a much larger event and we are more concerned about it. It's about 3 1/2 miles upstream from here."

Another concern, the smelts spawning near the hatchery.

The Department of Agriculture has already run tests.

"They've okayed it. The smelts are okay this year. They have checked them."

Which is a relief for those who smelt commercially.

"Good. Nice. I was worried about sales. I have fish peddlers on the road."

DEP expects to be at the site until at least the end of the week, if not longer.



April 2, 2011 Jefferson. Colorado USA

A tanker truck diverted by a road closure crashed Thursday morning near the town of Jefferson in Park County, spilling an estimated 7,000 gallons of gas and diesel near creeks that flow into Denver's watershed.

Park County and Colorado State Patrol crews raced to contain the toxic spill by building a berm. Denver Water officials were monitoring the damage in a fragile wetlands area known for fine fishing.

Tanker crash in Colorado

Tanker crash in Colorado

Two truck occupants were severely injured and airlifted to St. Anthony hospital.

The tanker rolled and crashed at about 10:45 a.m., Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore said. Blowing snow and slush along U.S. 285 apparently contributed to the crash of semi-trailer truck south of Jefferson around 9:30 a.m., Wreckage in Colorado spill

Gore said. That first crash prompted a closure of U.S. 285 that would last until mid-afternoon.

The driver of the tanker, facing the closure at Jefferson, turned off U.S. 285 onto Park County Road 77, taking another route through the valley .

"If it's an approved detour, people can take it. There's nothing wrong with trying to take an alternate route," Colorado State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid said.

Jefferson County school teacher Jeff Johnson was on a spring-break drive when he saw the tanker coming around a corner "at a pretty good clip. He started to drift outside and the wind helped him out," Johnson said in an e-mail. Johnson wrote that he swerved toward the dry ditch on the other side of the road as the truck went over the edge. Johnson said when he reached the ruined tanker, a passenger was trapped in the wreckage and the driver was lying on the on the ground.

"I saw the driver lying on the ground on the other side so went to help him. Another man and I moved him away from the fuel which was flowing in his direction," Johnson wrote. "We got him to a safer area and were about to lay him down to treat for shock when the emergency folks arrived and took over."

Park County authorities hoping to minimize traffic on snow-packed roads in the area used a reverse-911 call to notify residents. "We also wanted residents to know that there may be some issue with that water," Gore said.

The crash happened near Michigan Creek and Jefferson Creek near a wetlands area of springs and gulches.

Denver Water dispatched technicians to monitor the spreading fuel, still upriver from Tarryall Reservoir this morning and well beyond Denver's reservoirs along the South Platte River. "It would take days before it got to the South Platte," Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney said. "We're monitoring. We will sample where appropriate."



April 4, 2011 NIGERIA

Some 30 people were killed when a fuel-laden tanker crashed into a row of vehicles at a military check point in Narabi village, near the border between Bauchi and Plateau states in northern Nigeria, on Friday night, a Nigerian Red Cross official said.

The driver of the tanker apparently lost control after he tried to stop his vehicle, thus ramming into several vehicles waiting at the checkpoint manned by soldiers from the Special Task Force keeping the peace in volatile Plateau states.

All the 17 vehicles, including the tanker, as well as several heads of cattle being conveyed by some articulated lorries went up in the resultant inferno, according to Malam Adamu Abubakar, an official of the Red Cross who witnessed the accident.



April 7, 2011 Associated Press

A fuel tanker exploded after colliding with another truck on Interstate 95 early Thursday, killing the tanker's driver and forcing police to shut down the highway in both directions for three hours as the fire burned hot enough to melt asphalt.

Georgia USA tanker fire

Georgia USA tanker fire

Tanker on fire

Tanker on fire

The fuel tanker was traveling southbound at about 3:40 a.m. when it crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer hauling cars, said Lt. Paul Cosper, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol. It happened near Richmond Hill, about 18 miles south of Savannah.

"The fuel truck rear-ended a car carrier and then it exploded," Cosper said. "The fire was so hot that some of the pavement melted."

The driver of the fuel tanker died in the crash. The State Patrol identified him as 29-year-old David McGraft and said he lived in the Savannah area.

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April 3, 2011 SAUGUS MA USA–Industry experts instruct fire crews about tankers

If a gasoline tanker flips on Route 1, chances are Saugus firefighters will be first on the scene.

To help make certain they know how to approach such a hazard, the Chelsea-based Dennis K. Burke Oil Co. sponsored three days of free training recently for every on-duty member of the Fire Department.

"They actually brought a tractor trailer to fire headquarters along with two trainers, guys who have been driving tankers for years and have seen everything n traffic, weather, been in accidents and all kinds of hazards," said Fire Chief James Blanchard. "Those are the guys you want teaching you about these tankers."

The tanker crew demonstrated the quickest and safest way to contain flammables inside the tank or control them if released. A forth session has been planned for this week.

"Dennis Burke is one of the largest commercial petroleum haulers in the Boston area. They don’t go to gas stations to fill up," said Blanchard, noting the training was arranged by Fire Lt. James Hughes. "The family-owned company has its own training and safety divisions. Lt. Hughes was able to reach out to them and they showed up to conduct a session on tanker safety for everyone on the job here."

The firefighters practiced scrambling aboard the big rig, turning off key valves and learning about the truck’s construction and capabilities.

"Some of these tankers carry more than one product," said the chief. "They are compartmentalized, so the same truck can be loaded with gasoline, kerosene and diesel. On the newer trucks, if the air brakes fail, the system for dispensing the product automatically shuts down as a safety feature."

It wasn’t always so.

Blanchard said Route 1 has been the scene of some horrific gasoline tanker crashes and explosions. He recalled the story of the tanker that collided with a car atop the Walnut Street overpass while a school bus loaded with children was traveling beneath.

"The product caught fire and the gentleman in the car was killed, as was the driver of the tanker. The product caught fire and got the asphalt going, which collapsed the bridge.

We had the distinction of becoming the only fire department in Massachusetts to lose a highway bridge to fire," he said.

Another tanker crashed while maneuvering what was known as DeFranzo Circle, where Route 1 and Route 99 merge. "The tractor trailer rolled over and burst into flames. That driver died, too. In those days, the tankers were made of steel. Today, they’re aluminum. When the fire gets hot, the aluminum fails and lets the product out. But steel holds its rigidity, so the product expands and explodes," he explained.

In yet another tanker incident, Capt. Daniel McNeil had to climb aboard the burning rig and free the trapped and terrorized driver with the Jaws of Life hydraulic tool.

"This was valuable training for us," said the chief. "We have a rule of thumb in Saugus. If a tanker is heading north on Route 1, it’s full. If it’s heading south, it’s empty. Most of them fill up in Revere near the airport and head north through Saugus."

Under U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, tanker trucks must display a coded placard identifying the cargo, or at least the most dangerous substance aboard. The rules don’t apply to federal vehicles carrying anything from nuclear power equipment to advanced weaponry. "The federal government is famous for transporting stuff with no placards," Blanchard said. "Their trucks are carrying nuke products or weapons and that is scary."

If a tanker does catch fire, Saugus firefighters will likely get help from the specialized aircraft fire fighting crash crews based at Logan Airport, or from the foam truck stationed in Danvers.
"We have foam on our trucks, but it’s only used to help get the victim out. It’s for rescue. We don’t have the power to extinguish a tanker fire," the chief said.



April 17, 2011 Goldstream Park. BC Canada

The Trans-Canada Highway has reopened to traffic in both directions at Goldstream Park after a tanker truck overturned Saturday night.

Canada tanker crash in which 30,000 litres of fuel

Canada tanker crash in which 30,000 litres of fuel were lost

It took several more hours than originally thought to reopen the highway Sunday.

"They were waiting on a second large tow truck to right the rig,'' said West Shore RCMP Cpl. Scott Braes Sunday morning. "This is not just your routine pull and upright a car.’’

A Columbia Fuels tanker truck rolled over at Goldstream Park and the Trans Canada Highway at about 6 p.m. Saturday. The tanker of the truck was damaged in the crash.

The driver, a 33-year-old Nanaimo man, is in custody at the West Shore RCMP detachment and being investigated for alleged impaired driving.

West Shore RCMP and Langford Fire Rescue attended the crash scene. Evidence at the site suggested fuel from the tanker may have entered Goldstream and the Ministry of Environment was advised.

It’s believed as much as 30,000 litres of fuel from the tanker may have been spilled.

Environmental concerns made it necessary to close the highway immediately in both directions.

The Vancouver Island Criminal Crash Investigation Team, RCMP South Island Traffic Services and the Integrated Collision and Re-constructionist Section are investigating.

Traffic at the Mill Bay-Brentwood Bay ferry run was heavy on both sides, as travellers looked for other options to bypass the crash site while the highway was closed.


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Gasoline 'killed most of the things in its way'

The Goldstream River ecosystem could take years to recover and there are fears for the survival of the famous chum salmon run after 40,000 litres of gasoline was spilled in a tanker truck crash.

"It's a huge loss for the fisheries resource in this areas and the impact will be extensive," said Stefan Beckmann, Fisheries and Oceans Victoria detachment supervisor.

DFO discovered Monday that fuel is covering the surface of parts of Finlayson Arm, Beckmann said.

"So, as of today, there's a closure (of harvesting) of clams and oysters in lower Saanich Inlet," Beckmann said.

"We are looking at a lot of dead juvenile salmon, trout and sculpins and we are very concerned about the clam resources in the Goldstream Estuary," he said.

environmental experts examine stream

Environmental experts examine stream

Booms in place

Booms in place

A Columbia Fuels tanker truck travelling on the Malahat beside Goldstream Provincial Park smashed into a rock wall on Saturday, and much of its gasoline cargo spilled into the Goldstream River.

A stench of gasoline hangs in the air by the river and Graham Knox, provincial Ministry of Environment environmental emergencies manager, said dead chum, coho and chinook salmon have been found as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout and small invertebrates. The gasoline "killed most of the things in its way," Knox said.

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April 1, 2011 Featherstone West Yorkshire UK

Firefighters and police forced dozens of people out of their homes last night, as a fire at a transport depot, believed to have been caused when a diesel tank exploded, towered over a suburban street.

Thirty firefighters - especially called in from the surrounding boroughs - battled with the blaze, which started in Featherstone last night at about 5pm, and two people were being treated for minor injuries.

They managed to save two houses close to the Welburn Transport depot from catching fire.

UK Diesel tank explosion over houses

UK Diesel tank explosion over houses

Tank explosion and fire in the UK

Tank explosion and fire in the UK

Fire crews and police at the incident

Fire crews and police at the incident

No wonder residents were evacuated?

No wonder residents were evacuated?

Some 62 properties within 200 metres of the blaze were evacuated - and residents have been told will not be allowed to return to their homes until later this evening at the very earliest.

And an exclusion zone has been enforced and remains in place around the area. In addition three roads have been shut off, and are expected not to be opened until tonight.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said that one person had sustained burns and another was suffering from smoke inhalation when acetylene gas cylinders exploded.

'It was just fire raining down from the sky, the people - mainly residents in the process of evacuating - were screaming and running from the heat as the fuel began to fall. The heat was unbearable I really thought we were all going to die.'

Rachael Smith, a local resident, told the BBC: 'There were mini explosions, and big explosions.

'There were massive flames, black billowing smoke over the church, white smoke and some bangs. It was horrendous.'

A statement from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: 'Firefighters from Featherstone, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley were called to the commercial garage in Church Lane at 5.17pm yesterday (31 March).

'At its height more than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze, saving nine nearby buildings (two of which backed on to the workshop).

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April 8, 2011 Rostock GERMANY

Up to 80 vehicles were involved in a mass pile-up on a German highway Friday which left several people dead and dozens more injured.

The accident was apparently caused by a sandstorm after strong winds in the area.

Several people were killed and dozens more injured after a mass pileup on a German autobahn involving up to 80 vehicles Friday. The accident, which took place on the A19 highway near Rostock in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, was apparently caused by a sandstorm.

Burnt out cars in German autobahn crash

Burnt out cars in German autobahn crash

More carnage on the autobahn

More carnage on the autobahn

Police reported Friday night that at least eight people died. Around 97 were believed to have been injured, with scores requiring hospital treatment. According to medical facilities in Rostock, Güstrow and Bad Doberan, victims had mostly suffered broken bones, bruises, sprains and head injuries.

The pileup occurred at around 12.30pm local time at Kavelstorf, just south of Rostock, according to a police spokesman. In total, 17 cars and three trucks -- including a tanker carrying hazardous goods which apparently spilt some of its load -- caught fire on the Rostock-bound carriageway.

In the opposite direction, towards Berlin, 23 cars were involved in the accident.

The roadway at the scene resembled a massive pile of rubble. Several people were trapped in their cars, a police spokesman said.

The autobahn was closed in both directions as police, paramedics and firefighters helped the victims. The wreckage was reportedly cleared during the afternoon.

According to a police spokesman in Rostock, the cause of the accident was probably sand which had been blown by strong winds onto the four-lane highway from adjacent fields, blinding drivers. Near the site of the accident, the autobahn passes along a freshly-ploughed field. Even after the pileup, visibility was at times below 50 meters (160 feet).

The strong winds had been blowing dry soil across fields in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Friday, with prolonged dry conditions in recent weeks affecting agriculture in the region. In the coming days, low pressure front "Joachim" will bring stormy weather to the north and east of the country, the German Weather Service said.



Driver survives accident that closes Loop 410.

April 21, 2011 Swan Antonio, Texas USA

A tanker truck fire closed Loop 410 Northeast just east of Interstate 35 in a spectacular display of flames and smoke that could be seen for miles near the end of Wednesday evening's rush hour.

Wreckage of San Antonio crash

Wreckage of San Antonio crash

Officials inspect remains of tanker in

Officials inspect remains of tanker in Texas

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said the 18-wheeler was traveling north on Loop 410 when it rolled over on its side near the W.W. White Road exit.

The driver was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns to his upper body but was expected to survive, the chief said. He escaped the vehicle on his own and was driven to safety by a woman who stopped to help, authorities said.

Investigators said they were still determining what caused the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

Black smoke billowed from the blaze, and witnesses said they heard popping sounds as flames engulfed the trailer. Nearby residents were evacuated, and Loop 410 was closed in both directions all the way to I-35 while firefighters let the flames die out in what they described as controlled burning, which allowed them to avoid contaminating the soil with water runoff.

W.W. White Road northbound to FM 78 and the Loop 410 northbound ramp to Binz-Engleman Road were expected to be closed throughout the night, the Texas Department of Transportation said.

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