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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
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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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April 2012

NEW TYPE oF SPILL RESPONSE TRAILERS

At its meeting on March 29ththe CROIERG committee agreed to a new configuration for its spill response trailers after consultations with manufacturers and deliberations by experienced committee members.

These new trailers will be better suited to accommodate pumping equipment (pumps & hoses) and will have sorbent materials into a separate section. Two existing trailers will be modified and orders placed for more units to the new design

Two of these improved units will be based in Sydney. One in the west at the Shell Parramatta Terminal and one in the south at the Caltex Banksmeadow Terminal

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE (The Training Course)

The Governance Committee for the CROIEG/NBTA Training Courses held its initial meeting in Melbourne on Friday March 9that the AFAC (Australasian Fire Authorities Council) offices.

Chairman Paul Pulver and the Secretary represented CROIERG and TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) was represented by CEO Bob Waldron

Discussions on the course recognition card are progressing, especially some legal aspects and a report is due back in a month to expedite this matter, which is a major platform in course recognition by the emergency services

Other matters mentioned were The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Code of Conduct and Marketing aspects.

CROIERG COMMITTEE MEETING March 29th2012 in Yass NSW

The CROIERG Committee met at the Yass Soldiers Club, Meehan Street, Yass NSW on Thursday March 29th

Minutes of the committee meeting are available in the Member's Area of this website under the CROIERG Business Section

THE TRAINING COURSE

The CROIERG/NBTA Training Courses and a schedule of applicable dates are listed below:

CROIERG / NBTA TRAINING COURSE DATES (2012)

Stage 1 - MANAGERS

Stage 2 - RESPONDERS

 

18-20th April 2012 FULLY BOOKED

 

21-23rd May 2012 FULLY BOOKED

14-16th May 2012

1-3rd August 2012

17-19th September

3-5th October 2012

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Paul Pulver explains how

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Team 1 get their instructions

TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS

All training course bookings should be made to:

Trish Mooney. Business Administration Manager 
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC)

Sutton Road, CANBERRA ACT

Mail: TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Phone: (02) 6297 7187

Email: TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

 

Part 1 - Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response

Part 2 - Transport Emergency Recovery Operations

For detailed information on the two programs go the link below

ETHANOL TANKLER ROLLOVER (Report)

Report from the salvage company (SITTOW)

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Tanker rollover with Ethanol

Got called by a company out of Chicago, said they had an accident on I-80 41mm west bound lane .Tanker hauling ethanol was going east bound when the driver blacked out crossed over the median and ended up rolling it in the ditch facing westbound. 

The Truck must have rolled and slid across the west bound lane because the side which was facing the sky was ground down so bad it had ground about 10 small holes in it so up-righting before it was drilled and pumped was out of the question. 

So the company called Bodine to drill the tank and clean up anything that spilled which was very little if any. The company wanted to load the Ethanol on their own tanker which the closest one was at Illinois/Indiana line off of 80-94 which still needed to be pumped off so we had to wait for them. Took off about 6 hours of waiting time doing small jobs before we could start working. By then we had to call for 2 Light Plants for safety. 

As we were setting up the light plants the rain and wind started making the recovery a lot more fun. Unit #64 & 68 were used to separate the tractor and the tanker, we rolled the tanker over while bringing it from the ditch setting it on the shoulder so the remainder of ethanol could be pumped off. 

After the tank was emptied it was loaded onto our Landoll Trailer because the suspension of the tanker was all broke loose then it was transported to our LaSalle yard. 

All that was left was the 2012 Peterbuilt which had the rear suspension broke, cab ripped off ,frame twisted so bad that it looked like a pretzel and after all the chaining and strapping we winched the tractor to us while we rolled it then set it on our lowboy so it could be transported back to our shop. 

We got called out at 11:30am and we left the shop after unloading and putting all the equipment away at 10:00pm. Made for a really long day but that's what we live for.

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HAZMAT 2012 CONFERENCE. (Melbourne)

Melbourne 9-10th May 2012

PROGRAM & REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

A two day conference on the latest directions and compliance requirements for chemical management, hazardous substances and dangerous goods to help achieve sustainable outcomes

HazMat 2012 is the key hazardous materials, chemical management and dangerous goods conference and exhibition in Australia. This year will see a focus on protecting the community and how the industry is addressing environmental and public concerns of safety.

Held over two days, presentations by leading industry experts and international keynote speakers will cover current and future issues..

The CROIERG Secretary will be one of the presenters on the second day (May 10th). His subject will be: "Chemical Emergencies, Road Tanker Spills –broadening the CROIERG Canberra Experience"

Download the Program Brochure for the full program, pricing and more information. You can also download the Speaker Profiles directory for more information about the presenters

HAZMAT 2012 will be held at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Road. Preston. Victoria

TRAIN & TANKER CRASH KILLS ONE, SPILLS DIESEL FUEL (Florida) Burning tanker in Bartow incident

March 7, 2012 Bartow Florida USA

A man is dead after his truck collided with a CSX train on Mosaic property in Bartow on Wednesday.

The crash generated a massive fire that sent plumes of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles around.

Now, authorities are working to determine what, if any, environmental damage may result from the fuel spilled in the crash.

Investigators say the truck, which is owned by Mid State Energy Inc., had just dropped off diesel fuel and was crossing the tracks on its way back to State Road 60 when it was broadsided. Train and tanker in Bartow crash

The driver of the truck, whose name had not been released Wednesday, was killed. Three CSX employees walked away unhurt.

Diesel fuel spilled on the ground, but it was unclear how much.

"We will take some soil samples. We will take whatever precautions necessary to make sure there are no long-lasting impacts to the environment," Brad Ruhmann, a spokesman for Polk County, told FOX 13.

CSX is looking into whether its driver followed federal guidelines by sounding the horn as a warning. It also wants to determine how fast the train was going.

Source www.myfoxtampabay.com

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ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF RESOLUTE BAY FUEL SPILL UNKNOWN (Canada)

February 20, 2012 Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada

Tank farm in Resolute Bay

Tank farm in Resolute Bay

There is still uncertainty about the environmental effects of a major gasoline spill in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

Officials say an estimated 87,000 litres of gasoline poured onto the ground at the hamlet's fuel tank farm between Oct. 27 and Oct. 28.

The Government of Nunavut hired contractor Nunami Stantec Ltd., which submitted a draft report detailing the cleanup and spill assessment at the site.

Using Access to Information legislation, the CBC has obtained a copy of the draft report the company completed Dec. 19.

According to interviews cited in the draft report, a truck driver who wanted to fill up with gasoline around midnight on Oct. 27 noticed one of the tanks at the farm was empty. He asked someone else to open a valve from a larger tank to allow the empty one to fill. Both people then left the site without turning off the valve.

The document details that at about 6:30 a.m. the following morning, a First Air employee noticed "gasoline spurting out of the vapour release valve" of the previously-empty tank.

The Government of Nunavut redacted the fuel tank logs, so it is unclear how much fuel was in the tanks both when the leak started and when it was stopped.

Some fuel contained

Two employees from Nunami assessed the site between Nov. 7 and Nov. 15.

The document shows Nunami focused on three areas: a 20,000 litre containment area around the tank which leaked, a larger lined spill catchment basin southeast of that tank, and the area immediately downhill from the leak, which includes a sensitive marine environment in Resolute Bay.

The engineers concluded that anywhere from 19,000 to 67,000 litres of the leaked gasoline was contained. A total of about 87,000 litres spilled.

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I-94, HWY. 65 CROSSING REOPENED AFTER ROADWAY REPAIRS (Wisconsin)

February 29, 2012 Robert Wisconsin USA

Interstate 94 was fully reopened at 5:52 p.m. Monday at Roberts after a 100-foot plus stretch of pavement had been temporarily repaired by St. Croix County Highway Department crews and inspectors had pronounced the Hwy. 65 overpass safe for traffic.

Burn out remains of tanker in Wisconsin Firefighters and investigators were at the scene until about 10 a.m., trying to determine what caused a semi- fuel tanker to strike a support on the north side of the overpass, overturn and burn, killing the driver.

In a DOT release, Lt. Jeff Lorentz of the State Patrol said the truck carrying 7,500 gallons of fuel was traveling eastbound about 5:25 a.m. when it left the roadway, crossed the median and struck the north side of the Hwy. 65 bridge pier.

The rear of the trailer separated from the cab and an explosion occurred that destroyed the semi and killed the lone occupant.

In a subsequent press release, Lorentz said the truck was owned by Kane Transport Inc., Sauk Centre, Minn. He said the driver, from northwestern Wisconsin, had just departed the Twin Cities area and was en route to central Wisconsin with a load of fuel.

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ICE BECOMES THE ENEMY (Canada)

March 3, 2012 Yellowknife Canada

Jerry cans loaded on sleds

Jerry cans loaded on sleds

With great training, comes great responsibility. With ice as the enemy, soldiers of Exercise Arctic Ram battled the remote lands conducting training drills, live artillery exercises and paratrooper landings north of Yellowknife.

But with so many exercises across the northern tundra and around the First Nations communities of Becheko, Whati and Gameti, the Canadian Forces make a point of upholding the highest standards of environmental stewardship.

"The north is very pristine so it took a lot of co-ordination to make sure we are respectful of the wonderful environment," said Chief of Land Staff Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin. Preparation for Exercise Arctic Ram — a seven-week operation — began over 10 months ago.

As the exercise isn't on land owned by the Department of National Defence, base environment officer Michael Gray began co-ordinating authorizations and permits with the local governments and First Nations communities in April of last year.

Explaining the intricacies of the exercises to First Nations councils and gathering information from locals on potential locations, he had a singular goal in mind.

"We want to make sure that when we do train here that we do clean up after ourselves," Gray said. "It makes it more likely that the owners or agencies in charge of the land are going to allow us to come back in the future."

Gray, who normally monitors any exercises planned at the Edmonton Garrison that could impact the environment, is a practical environmentalist.

There's two main aspects of Arctic Ram that concern him the most.

The first is the one million litres of fuel being trucked and driven across the snow-covered ground during the busiest 17 days of the exercise.

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SPILL FROM HELL: DILUTED BITUMEN (Michigan)

Poisoned air. Sunken gunk. A clean-up nightmare. What we're learning from the oil sands 'DilBit' dump into the Kalamazoo River.

Cleanup in Kalamazoo River

Cleanup in Kalamazoo River

Spill diagram

Spill Diagram

On a July morning in 2010 in rural Michigan, a 30-inch pipeline owned by Calgary-based Enbridge Energy Partners burstand disgorged an estimated 843,000 gallons (3.287 million litres) of thick crude into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.

This was no ordinary crude - it was the first ever major spill into water of diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands.

The cleanup challenges and health impacts around Kalamazoo were unlike anything the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had ever dealt with, and raise serious questions about the preparedness in British Columbia to respond to such a disaster on the B.C. coast -- or the Vancouver harbour.

Each year, increasingnumbers of tankers filled with diluted bitumen leave Vancouver loaded from the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline from northern Alberta to a terminus in Burnaby.

Tankers exiting Vancouver harbor must transit through the shallow Second Narrows channel during "high slack water" -- a short tidal window of about 20 minutes that provides loaded tankers with lessthan two metres of under-keel clearance.

Citizens concerned about these shipments have been assured that extensive preparations have been made to respond to an accident, and that an array of skimmersand floating oil booms are on-hand to contain any spilled oil. But what if the "oil" in these tankers doesn't float?

Unlike conventional crude, diluted bitumen or "dilbit" is a mixture of unrefined tar that is often heavier than water and "diluent." This is usually a cocktail of volatile solvents like naphtha or natural gas condensate that allows the thick bitumen to be pumped through the pipeline.

CLEAN-UP 10 TIMES WHAT OIL SPILLS COST

Enbridge now estimates that clean-up costs of the bitumen spill will cost more than $720 million.

The company exceeded their insured clean-up coverage of $600 million last fall and the clean-up is far from over.

Compared to other spills of heavy oil, this Kalamazoo bitumen spill has been colossally expensive.

A studyof historic oil spills in the U.S. reported the average clean-up cost for heavy crude of $18.95 per litre. The Kalamazoo spill has so far cost over 10 times that much and counting.

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FIREFIGHTERS AVERT DISASTER IN OLDBURY DURING FUEL TANKER LORRY FIRE (UK)

February 24, 2012 Oldbury UK

THE bravery of firefighters averted a potential disaster in Oldbury when a lorry carrying a fuel tanker went up in flames.

Firefighters were called to Bromford Road, Oldbury, on yesterday afternoon after a severe blaze engulfed the lorry cab.

A spokesman for the West Midlands Fire Service said: "We were called to a vehicle fire in Oldbury where there was a severe fire in the cab of a 3,000 gallon road tanker loaded with 1,600 gallons of waste fuel."

After tackling the blaze with four jets a delicate operation had to be carried out to tip the cab up and ensure the fire didn't spread to the fuel tanker.

The spokesman added: "The fire was an accident and crews from Oldbury attended."

Source www.halesowennews.co.uk/news

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING FOR ETHANOL (USA)

All-time High Attendance Expected for Ethanol Safety Training Seminar in Forsyth, GA. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Initiative

Some more info on emergency responder training for ethanol in the United States. Ed

"This program is part of our Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response initiative and we are delighted that so many emergency responders have been able to take advantage of this training opportunity," said David Schoendorfer, Norfolk Southern Manager Hazardous Materials.

"Recognizing that ethanol is the most commonly transported hazmat by rail, it is important that first responders are familiar with this commodity should an ethanol related emergency occur."

The goal of this seminar is for attendees to gain full ethanol emergency response training experience that they can put to use immediately in the field as well as pass along to other first response teams.  A majority of this training is based on the Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response, a training package created by the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) that has been distributed throughout the United States and to several countries worldwide.

"Almost 14 billion gallons (54.6 billion litres)of ethanol are produced at 209 bio-fineries spread across 29 states," said Kristy Moore, RFA VP of Technical Services. "As the product is increasing in use and transportation throughout the states, first responders need to be familiar with the fuel and how to effectively respond to an ethanol related incident.

This program details the response information that is essential to these emergency situations. We are happy to provide this type of information to those that dedicate their lives to protecting their communities."

Source www.ethanolresponse.com

HWY. 101 OPEN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS NEAR BUELLTON AFTER CLEAN UP OF FUEL TANKER TRUCK CRASH (California)

March 10, 2011 Buellton California USA

Tanker wreckage near Buellton in California

Tanker wreckage near Buellton in California

Highway 101 was closed in both directions just north of Buellton on Saturday morning after a fuel tanker truck crashed and caught on fire.

The crash happened at 3:45 a.m., according to the CHP. The driver, who was traveling northbound, lost control of the truck near Jonata Park Road. The truck rolled over and became engulfed in flames.

The driver was killed in the crash, according to the CHP. His name has not been released.

The truck was en route to Atascadero, but the driver planned to stop in Santa Maria so a relief driver could take over, according to the CHP. The driver of the truck called the relief driver at 3:36 a.m. to say he would meet him at 4:30 a.m.

The truck was loaded with approximately 8,500 gallons of fuel, according to the CHP. The fuel burned within the tank and did not leak onto the road or surrounding area.

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EXXON VALDEZ SOLD FOR SCRAP (USA)

March 21, 2012 USA

Exxon Valdez aground on Bligh Reef

Exxon Valdez aground on Bligh Reef

The Oriental Nicety, aka the former Exxon Valdez, has been sold for scrap, almost 23 years after running aground on Bligh Reef and forever reserving its place in the history books.

Tradewinds broke the news yesterday that the vessel that infamously spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound, the largest tanker spill ever in U.S. waters, was sold to Global Marketing Systems Inc., the world's biggest cash buyer of ships for demolition, for $460 per ldt, or roughly $16 million.

Now named the Oriental Nicety (the vessel has changed names and owners four times throughout its lifetime according to Bloomberg), the tanker was converted into an ore carrier in 2007 and was later severely damaged in a collision with a cargo ship in the South China Sea in 2010.

But despite its rough past, the vessel will reportedly sail under her own power to India where she will eventually be demolished.

In addition to costing Exxon billions of dollars in cleanup costs and fines, and litigation that continues to this day, the accident led to the passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, mandating the phase out single-hulled tankers, among other things.

Source www.gcaptain.com

OIL SPILL DISRUPTS WATER SUPPLY (Malaysia)

March 5, 2012 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

A massive oil spill forced a major water treatment plant near here to shut down yesterday, interrupting the supply of 125 million litres of water daily to a population of 300,000 people in the city.

The Lambir Water Treatment Plant, located about 16km from the city centre, had to close when the raw water intake section was affected after Sungai Liku, the main river supplying water to the plant, became contaminated with oil coming from a leaking diesel-bitumen pipeline.

Environment Department's chief for northern Sarawak, Siva Nathiran, said more than 14,000 litres of diesel and bitumen had seeped into the river yesterday. "Efforts are being made now to clear the pollutants. It may take at least a day to contain the spill.

"Our department has taken samples of the river water for examination. We are also investigating whether there has been any negligence involved," Siva said.

Meanwhile, Communications Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the leakage was said to have happened around 9pm on Saturday.

"This is an emergency because an entire water treatment plant had to stop operations.

"There is no choice but for Laku (Northern Sarawak Water Supply Board) to shut down operations of the plant until the pollutants are cleared from the river."

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FIRE BLANKETS ADELAIDE IN TOXIC SMOKE (South Australia)

March 13, 2012 Adelaide South Aust

Huge flames in Adelaide fire

Huge flames in Adelaide fire

Flames and thick smoke in Adelaide

Flames and thick smoke in Adelaide

Fire at waste oil depot

Fire at waste oil depot

Burnt cars and storage tanks at Adelaide fire

Burnt cars and storage tanks at Adelaide fire

An industrial fire at Wingfield in Adelaide's northern suburbs has sent a toxic plume of smoke across a wide area of the city and suburbs.

The Metropolitan Fire Service was called to the blaze at waste oil premises in Wing Street about 11:30am.

There was thick, toxic smoke, huge flames and several explosions.

At least a dozen fire units and 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at Mulhern's Waste Oil Removal.

Wayne Lubcke owns a fencing business next door to the depot.

"It's engulfed the entire premises but, you know, he's got huge tanks which probably store hundreds of thousands of litres of oil," he said. Mr Lubcke was worried the fire could spread to his business.

"The tanks that are exploding are probably about 15 metres from my actual business," he said. "You've just got to wait and see but it's a very worrying time."

Some local businesses were evacuated and there were traffic restrictions in the roads near the scene of the fire.

Source www.abc.net.au

MITIGATION WORK CONTINUES AT OIL SPILL SITE (Maine)

March 14, 2012 Manchester, Maine USA Earthmoving equipment at used motor oil spill site

Crews returned to Puddledock Road on Tuesday to continue cleaning up hundreds of gallons of used motor oil that spilled last week

Bob Williams, of the state Department of Environmental Protection's response program, said crews worked throughout the weekend to remove an estimated 1,500 gallons that spilled from a J&S Oil tanker. The tanker was parked in a fenced-in parking lot adjacent to the company's headquarters off Western Avenue.

The spill was reported around 4 p.m. Thursday when it was noticed by an employee at nearby Clark Marine.

Cleanup crews from J&S, Clean Harbors and the DEP collected contaminated soil and oil from drainage ditches throughout the weekend. "They devised a plan quickly and they've executed it well," said Clark Marine owner Rob Brown. "They've been here every minute since it was first reported."

Williams said the cause of the spill isn't known. "We're still trying to figure out how it got out of the tanker," he said. "There's no sign of mechanical failure of any sort."

J&S President John Babb said the tanker was no longer leaking oil when the spill was reported. Babb said law enforcement is not involved in the investigation "but they may be."

The trailer was parked in a back corner of the J&S lot near the Clark Marine property line, Williams said. Oil flowed across Clark's property and was carried on runoff water inside a boat storage building. Oil also flowed across Puddledock Road and into drainage ditches on both sides of the road, Williams said.

Williams praised J&S's quick response to the spill. Company employees had already laid down booms to catch the oil and had started the absorption process by the time state environmental responders arrived. J&S also immediately alerted Clean Harbors, a private company that specializes in disaster recovery, to assist in the cleanup effort. The federal Environmental Protection Agency also sent officials to the scene, Williams said.

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FOUR TANKERS, SEVEN OTHER VEHICLES BURNT IN OYO ACCIDENT (Nigeria)

March 14, 2012 Ibadan

Burnt out tankers in Oyo

Burnt out tankers in Oyo

Tankers burnt in Ibadan

Tankers burnt in Ibadan

11 vehicles were on Wednesday in Ibadan burnt following a ghastly auto-accident in front of the NNPC Mega Station on the Iwo-Ojoo highway in Ibadan.

Speaking on the incident which occurred at about 2:30 a.m., the NNPC Station Manager, Mr Victor Bello, said a truck with Lagos registration number XQ 717 GGE carrying coal coming from Ojoo crossed lanes and hit an NNPC truck attempting to park.

"The NNPC truck upon impact lost control and hit another NNPC truck that was fully loaded with petrol. The petrol spilled on the road and immediately led to an inferno.

"That was how fire started spreading from one vehicle to the other, affecting seven of them. It also caught up with a truck that was fully loaded with diesel, affecting a total of four tankers," Bello said.

He lamented that officials of the Oyo State Fire Service did not turn up until about 3a.m when they eventually put out the fire, adding that there was no casualty.

But the Oyo State FRSC Sector Commander, Godwin Ogagaoghene, said that the driver of the truck carrying coal had fallen asleep behind the wheels.

"He fell asleep due to fatigue; he was coming toward Iwo road bypass when his vehicle which was descending a slope lost control and ran off lane, hitting a billboard and fell.

Subsequently, he was hit by an oncoming truck loaded with petrol, and the leaked fuel sparked off the fire. The damage would not have been hazardous but for the indiscriminate parking of the other vehicles involved.
The vehicles were parked by the side of the road in front of the NNPC filling station,'' Ogagaoghene said.

The Commander said men of his command had since arrested the situation by controlling traffic and towing away the burnt tankers and vehicles blocking the highway.

Source www.vanguardngr.com/2012

And again in Nigeria...

PETROL TANKER ACCIDENT CLAIMS SIX, DESTROYS HOUSES, VEHICLES IN RIVERS (Nigeria)

March 18, 2012, Igruwta, Ikwerre LGA, Nigeria

Six persons, including a family of four, were confirmed dead early Saturday while twenty-five houses and four vehicles were destroyed following an auto accident involving a loaded petrol tanker around Igruwta Junction, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Although the number of the people, who were injured  in the fire that was ignited by the accident was yet to be confirmed as at the time of filing this report, six fire fighters, who were attacked by irate workers were hospitalised even as two fire-fighter trucks were vandalised by youths in the area.

Sunday Tribune gathered that the fuel laden tanker fell on the ever busy Airport Road, by Igrwuta Junction, impact of which ignited a spark and the spilling fuel from the fallen tanker streamed into the surrounding houses, destroying nearby objects.

The disaster reportedly occurred at about 4:30 am, when residents of the area were still in bed.

Speaking to journalists at the scene of the accident,   Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa, confirmed the number of death as six, adding that thirteen people, who were injured in the incident had been taken to the hospital. Community sources informed Sunday Tribune that a family of four died in the accident.

Sunday Tribune further gathered that angry youths in the area descended on the fire fighters, who later arrived the scene, damaging two of their trucks and injuring six of their personnel.

According to a source, the mob, which attacked the fire-fighters, said the fire fighters arrived at the scene thirty minutes late, stating that some of the victims could have been rescued if the rescue team had arrived earlier.

Source www.tribune.com.ng

LASALLE JOINS OTHERS ON ERCA PLAN (Canada)

 March16, 2012 Arner Township Canada

Town council joined Windsor, Amherstburg and Tecumseh in endorsing ERCA's (Essex Region Conservation Authority) draft source water protection plan.

Stan Taylor, Essex Region Conservation Authority's source water protection program manager, outlined the authority's plan that looks at protecting "local watersheds and the near-shore waters of the Great Lakes at sources of drinking water."

Taylor told council Tuesday night ERCA has studied potential threats to water intakes through "simulation of fuel spills" and those studies show that large, above grade fuel tanks may be "significant threats" in the Amherstburg Intake Protection Zone 3. The IPZ-3 includes the Detroit River corridor and Turkey Creek, Canard River and other tributaries in LaSalle.

Simulated spills in Windsor and on the Arner Townline in Essex all reached Amherstburg.

Taylor said ERCA also has policies for intake protection zones in Windsor that address "several existing and potential significant threats" associated with the intakes of the A.H. Weeks water treatment plant, which provides water to LaSalle.

ERCA is compiling a regional inventory of above-ground fuel storage tanks that hold 15,000 litres or more of fuel that contains benzene, such as gasoline or oil, as required by the provincially mandated Clean Water Act. Taylor said he's not currently aware of any in LaSalle.

Councillor. Ray Renaud asked why in-ground fuel tanks weren't covered under the plan.

Taylor said above-ground tanks release quickly and lead to surface water contamination where in-ground tanks seep slowly into the ground.

Taylor told council they are required to designate a risk management official. He said ERCA was offering to provide the service to the municipality and suggested it would increase "cost-effectiveness, economies of scale and consistency."

Source www.windsorstar.com

TRUCKIE CHARGED FOR HAVING TV ON DASHBOARD (NSW)

March 23, 2012 Goulburn NSW

Television in windscreen area

Television in windscreen area

A West Australian truckie has been charged after police found a widescreen television attached to the dashboard of his semi-trailer.

Police at Goulburn in New South Wales pulled over the truck after receiving reports from motorists on the Hume Highway of the driver's erratic driving.

They say the 32-centimetre television was hooked up to a portable DVD player.

In a statement, police said the television obscured a significant section of the windscreen.

The driver faces several charges including driving a vehicle without a clear view and driving while using a hand-held mobile phone.

Source www.abc.net.au

MAN ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING FUEL TANKER INTO WOMAN'S HOME (UK)

January 21, 2012 Dorset UK

A man who drove a fuel tanker into the home of a woman he knew, setting it on fire, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Tanker that crashed into house in Dorset UK

Tanker that crashed into house in Dorset UK

Police launched a manhunt for the 51-year-old, from Yeovil, Somerset, after he fled the scene.

Emergency services were called to the address in Folly Lane in Wool, Dorset, at around 8.40am today.

The woman who lives in the property is "safe and well" but the house suffered "significant" damage in the blaze, police said.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "A 51-year-old Yeovil man has been arrested in Wool on suspicion of attempted murder and is helping police with their inquiries. "The arrested man is believed to be known to the occupant of the house." Police appealed to witnesses to contact them.

"It is believed a number of people were in the area and may have information that could help the investigation," said the spokesman. Around 30 firefighters attended the blaze, which was brought under control in about an hour.

Pictures released by the fire service show the tanker crashed into the front of the bungalow, smashing through the front wall and a set of windows.

The front door of the bungalow has been removed and the blaze can be seen to have ripped through the house out towards the back garden. A large red Watson Fuels tanker is backed away from the home, leaving tyre tracks across the front garden.

A spokeswoman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "A fuel tanker has gone into the front of a bungalow in Wool. A fire then ensued at the address.

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