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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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September 2012

  • CROIERG Year 2012 Annual General Meeting to be Held on October 18th in Yass NSW
  • NBTA/AFAC Emergency Response Day to be held in Melbourne on September 6th 2012
  • Emergency Incident Responder Cards to be launched on September 6th
  • Stage 2 (Practical) Training Course held on August 1st to 3rd at TISC Canberra Training Centre
  • Training Course Information (Dates/ Bookings/ Info/Enrolments/(Accommodation)
  • Safety Alert –WORKCOVER NSW- Switch Loading when transferring Flammable Liquids
  • Road Stability Systems Study Report released (ATRI USA)
  • Man charged in brother’s death after tanker crash (North Carolina)
  • Tanker Crash on SH2 causes delays (NZ)
  • Fuel tanker catches fire, 5 vehicles torched (Saudi Arabia)
  • Rail Cars explode and burn after derailment in Eastern Montana
  • Timing of spill makes matters worse for Enbridge (Canada)
  • Tanker fire closes highway (Northern Territory)
  • Fuel tanker hit by freight train in fiery crash (Texas)
  • Tanker crash closed Ritchie Highway for 5 hours (Maryland)
  • Truck rollover causes traffic delays on Port Curtis Way at Gladstone (QLD)
  • Overturned tanker leaks close to 4,300 gallons of gas on SR 64E in Hardee County (Florida)
  • Tanker flips, Gas leak averted, Driver airlifted (Arkansas)
  • Tanker ruptures after crash, spills fuel (Illinois)
  • Death toll from holiday traffic accidents hits 760 (Indonesia)
  • Clean-up, Investigation after train derailment expected to take weeks (North Carolina)
  • Baton Rouge evacuations As crews vent and burn I-10 tanker (Louisiana)
  • At least 26 dead in Venezuelan refinery blast (Venezuela)

    CROIERG YEAR 2012 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 18TH IN YASS NSW

    Members are advised that the CROIERG Annual General Meeting will be held at the Yass Soldiers Club, 86 Meehan Street Yass NSW on Thursday October 18th beginning at 10.30AM

    Year 2012 CROIERG AGM Meeting Agenda Notices and Committee Nomination Forms will be distributed in due course to members by Email and Australia Post

    It is the committee that makes CROIERG tick and we urge members to consider a committee application so that we can get a wide representation of the membership in the decision making process. See below for a link to the Meeting Agenda, Committee Nomination Form and RSVP Reply Form

    ABN 12 403 085 401

    YEAR 2012 CROIERG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To be held on THURSDAY OCTOBER 18TH, 2012 At YASS SOLDIERS CLUB 86 Meehan Street, YASS NSW Starting at 10.30AM

    AGENDA
    1. Opening
    2. Apologies
    3. Confirmation of the Minutes of the CROIERG Year 2011 AGM held in Yass on September 13, 2011
    4. Matters arising from the Minutes
    5. Chairman’s Report
    6. Financial Report July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012
    7. Authorise Certificate as to the financial affairs of the group as required by Section 26(6) of the NSW Incorporations Act 1984
    8. Election of Officer-Bearers:
      • Chairman
      • Deputy Chairman
      • Secretary-Treasurer
      • Committee (6 positions)
      • Public Officer (as required by The Act)
    9. CROIERG Subscription Fee for Year 2013
    10. Training Project Report
    11. Trailer and Equipment Report
    12. General Business
    13. Close

    LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

    RSVP 11/10/2012

    PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582 Email eejoconn@bigpond.net.au

    Enquiries to Secretary CROIERG: Phone. (02) 6226 1752 Mobile 0428 627 777

    NBTA/AFAC EMERGENCY RESPONSE DAY TO BE HELD IN MELBOURNE ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

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    The National Bulk Tanker Association will be holding their annual Bulk Tanker Emergency Response Day in Melbourne (Vic) on Thursday September 6th 2012 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre

    CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore Transport and TISC CEO Bob Waldron will be two of presenters, with particular emphasis on the Training Courses and the CROIERG spill response trailer network

    CROIERG will be displaying their latest version of the trailer fleet at the emergency response day

    DRAFT AGENDA

    8.30am

    Opening Address

    Naomi Brown, CEO, AFAC

    Justin Keast, Chairman, NBTA

    9am

    What the numbers tell us:

    • Tanker statistics
    • Accidents

    Paul Considine, AFAC

    Grant Stillman, OAMPS Insurance

    9.45am

    Case law – learning from the Coroner

    Jane Hendtlass, Coroner,

    State Coroner Victoria

    10.30am

    Morning tea


    11am

    Major accident investigations - key lessons from too many accidents

    Jeff Smith, OIC, Major Collision Investigation Unit, Victoria Police

    11.45am

    Incidents and analysis

    Experience from around Australia

    Alex Buckle, Senior Project Manager, WorkSafe Victoria

    Christopher Burt, Senior Hazmat Advisor, EPA NSW

    12.30pm

    Lunch in foyer

     


    1.30pm

    The changing industry structure:

    • Industry structure
    • Who moves what and how
    • Workforce profile

    Cameron Dunn, CEO, FBT TransWest

    Cameron Baker, GM Skills, TLISC

    2.15pm

    Working together:

    • Training
    • Emergency Responder Card
    • Emergency Response Trailers

    Bob Waldron, Chief Executive, TISC

    Scott Williams, CEO, FPAA

    Paul Pulver, Chairman, CROIERG

    3pm

    Sharing lessons and improving outcomes

    • Sharing the lessons
    • Measuring the progress
    • Where to from here

    Invited panel

    3.50pm

    Closing Remarks

    Naomi Brown, CEO, AFAC

    Justin Keast, Chairman, NBTA

    4pm

    Afternoon tea and close


    For conference details contact

    Rob Perkins Executive Director NATIONAL BULK TANKER ASSOCIATION

    Postal: PO Box 2230 Hawthorn LPO 3122

    Phone: 03 9818 7899 Mobile 0411 402 832

    Email robperkins@nbta.com.au

    Or at the NBTA website

    RESPONDER CARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT ER DAY ON SEPT 6TH

    The BULK TANKER EMERGENCY INCIDENT RESPONDER CARD which will identify people who have successfully completed the CROIEG/NBTA Training Courses has been signed off by all interested parties and is supported by AFAC (Australasian Fire Authorities Council)

    The Card will be launched at the Bulk Tanker Emergency Response Day in Melbourne on September 6th and cards will be presented to several course attendees to mark the occasion

    The Card will provide identification and skill recognition for industry responders to the attending emergency services at tanker incidents

    STAGE 2 (Practical) TRAINING COURSE HELD ON AUGUST 1st to 3rd AT TISC CANBERRA TRAINING CENTRE

    A Stage 2 (Practical) Training Course was held at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Training Complex on the Sutton Road on August 1st to 3rd

    Discussions with fire brigade

    Discussions with fire brigade

    Drilling the hole under FRNSW careful watch

    Drilling the hole under FRNSW careful watch

    Fire Brigade pumper from Queanbeyan at the exercise

    Fire Brigade pumper from Queanbeyan at the exercise

    Industry Team Leader and Fire Brigdae Incident Controller

    Industry Team Leader and Fire Brigdae Incident Controller

    Instructors instructing

    Instructors instructing

    Where are we going to put the earthing lead?

    Where are we going to put the earthing lead?

    TransPacifc Industries had a good representation at the course and also ISS First Response.

    The next Stage 2 Course will be held at TISC on 3-5 of October

    EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING COURSES

    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

    17-19th September 2012

    3-5th October 2012

    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
    1. Stage1 (Managers) Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response
    2. Stage 2 (Responders) Course in Transport Emergency Recovery Operations

    For detailed information on the two programs go to the link below

    Emergency Response Program Information [pdf]

    INFORMATION ON ENROLMENTS AND ACCOMMODATION

    1. Emergency response course enrolment form [pdf]
    2. Accommodation form [pdf]

    SAFETY ALERT (WorkCover NSW)

    SWITCHLOADING WHEN TRANSFERRING FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS

    Switch loading is defined as "when a flammable or combustible liquid is to be filled into a vehicle tank compartment which had previously contained a liquid having a lower flash point" (Australian Standard AS1940: 2004 The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids).

    This situation is most likely to arise, but not limited to, when a combustible liquid such as diesel is pumped into a tank that has previously contained petrol. While the tank may have been emptied of its liquid contents, it is likely to still contain flammable vapours that could ignite.

    This safety alert was originally published following a 2011 coroners finding into an incident at Peak Hill in 2008 that highlighted the dangers of switch loading and static electricity. The work health and safety legislation commenced in January 2012.

    The alert has now been revised and re-issued to reflect the legislative changes.

    Access this safety alert [PDF].

    ROAD STABILITY SYSTEMS STUDY REPORT RELEASED (USA)

    August 10, 2012 Arlington, Virginia USA

    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the industry’s first major comparative analysis of Roll Stability Systems (RSS) based on carrier operational data. ATRI’s study analyzed crash rates, crash costs, and technology costs for Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems compared to vehicles without any RSS technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a proposed new federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) which would mandate ESC on all new truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds and higher.

    ATRI’s research, based on data from over 135,000 heavy trucks, indicated that installation of RSC technology may result in fewer rollover and jackknife crashes compared to trucks equipped with ESC. Furthermore, the study found that RSC installation costs were significantly lower than ESC installation costs.

    CROIERG appreciates the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) making this specialised report on rollover stability available to our group for the information of the membership. Ed

    MAN CHARGED IN BROTHER'S DEATH AFTER TANKER CRASH (North Carolina)

    July 31, 2012 North Carolina USATanker involved in North Carolina incident

    The driver of a vehicle that struck a tanker carrying jet fuel has been charged with killing two people, one of them his own brother.

    The Highway Patrol has released the names of those killed in the deadly tanker wreck that sent three to the hospital Monday afternoon.

    Investigators said 28-year-old Kevin Grubbs and 36-year-old Calvin Perkins, both of Elizabeth City, died on the scene of the wreck.

    Troopers say the driver of a passenger car, 25-year-old Kelby Grubbs, may have fallen asleep at the wheel around 4:20 p.m. Monday when he veered off the road then over corrected. Troopers said he jerked the vehicle so hard back onto the road, it spun the vehicle into the opposite lane, where the tanker was traveling.

    Troopers said the passenger car had a broadside impact from the tanker, killing both backseat passengers.

    The driver of the tractor trailer, Jack Harrell of Roanoke Rapids, was treated and released Monday night. Both Grubbs and his front-seat passenger, James Jordan of Elizabeth City, remain in the hospital at Vidant Medical Center.

    Grubbs has been charged with two counts of misdemeanour death by motor vehicle for the deaths of his brother and Perkins.

    Troopers said one home was evacuated after the wreck as a precautionary measure, due to the fuel spill.

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    TANKER CRASH ON SH2 CAUSES DELAYS (NZ)

    August 2, 2012 Wellington NZ

    Traffic jam on SH2 in New Zealand

    Traffic jam on SH2 in New Zealand

    The crash which caused several hours of delays for motorists and rail commuters happened after a tanker driver stopped to help a car crash victim.

    Two crashes on State Highway 2 cut the Hutt Valley off from Wellington this morning.

    The CEO of the company that owns the fuel tanker said his Palmerston North-based driver stopped after seeing a northbound car crashing in to a power pole on the opposite side of the highway.

    Andy Stanley, of Hooker Pacific Fuel Haul, said the driver pulled over to the side of the highway 'put his hazard lights on' and crossed the four lanes to assist the accident victim. While the tanker driver was assisting the victim a fruit and vegetable truck driver clipped the right rear of the tanker’s trailer.

    The rear-end impact resulted in a 5700 litre diesel fuel leak from the rear of the trailer spewing out on to the highway.

    Wellington Free Ambulance transported the car driver, who suffered serious injuries, to Hutt Hospital.

    Source www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news

    FUEL TANKER CATCHES FIRE, 5 VEHICLES TORCHED (Saudi Arabia)

    July 30, 2012 Dammam Saudi ArabiaFuel tanker fire at gas station in Saudi Arabia

    A fuel tanker burst into flames while servicing a gas station in Al-Qatif. Five cars at the site were burned in the resulting blaze. Nearby homes were quickly evacuated by firefighters. The fire was contained however, it completely destroyed the gas station.

    "No one was injured in the fire but the five fuel reservoirs at the station were completely damaged," said Col. Mansour Al-Dawsari, spokesman for Eastern Province Civil Defense.

    The cause of the fire is being probed and owners of the damaged vehicles will be compensated after investigations are completed.

    Source saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20120730131536

    RAIL CARS EXPLODE, BURN AFTER DERAILMENT IN EASTERN MONTANA

    August 5, 2012 Plevna Montana USA

    Explosion of burning rail cars in Montana

    Explosion of burning rail cars in Montana

    A train west of Plevna has derailed and eight cars carrying alcohol are on fire.

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe reports that 15 rail cars went off track around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Fourteen of the cars were carrying denatured alcohol, which is used as a fuel additive. The fifteenth car was carrying cardboard.

    No injuries have been reported. Highway 12, which is near the derailment, has been blocked off at both ends to secure the accident scene.

    "Eight cars are on fire. It was a chain reaction of one car catching fire and another car catching fire as well," said Gus Melonas, BNSF spokesman. "It’s a fuel additive. There are no air-quality issues. They are letting the product burn."

    Four or five of the tank cars are on their sides. No lives or property have been threatened.

    Firefighters rushed in to extinguish grass set on fire by the derailment, and then retreated to a safe spot a half mile away as the rail cars exploded.

    "We were just waiting for the cars to blow up and got a good mushroom percussion," said Kelly Gray, of Plevna, who fought the fire with her father, Roscoe. "The heat felt like your eyebrows were going to singe."

    One after another, four of the cars exploded, and then the fire crews rushed back in to put out new grass fires, which they were still mopping up seven hours after the derailment.

    The 106-car train from Aberdeen, S.D. was on a single lane of track that doesn’t get a lot of use, Melonas said. Only 63 of the cars involved were loaded with freight.

    BNSF crews will work to have the track operational again by Monday. Roughly eight to 10 trains pass through the area daily

    Source missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional

    TIMING OF SPILL MAKES M ATTERS WORSE FOR ENBRIDGE (Canada)Cleanup of oil from Enbridge pipeline in Michigan

    Interesting reading in this article. Ed

    July 30, 2012 Canada

    Source The Wall Street Journal / Canada Real Time

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    TANKER FIRE CLOSES HIGHWAY (NT)

    August 12, 2012 Darwin Northern Territory

    The Stuart Hwy was closed for two hours after a fuel tanker caught fire.

    Northern Territory tanker fire

    Northern Territory tanker fire

    Fire crew at Northern Territory incident

    Fire crew at Northern Territory incident

    A one kilometre exclusion zone was set up around the truck while fire crews battled to get the blaze under control on Saturday morning.

    Senior Sergeant Peter Malley said the fire started about 10 kilometres south of Elliott about 8:30am.

    "It is believed the tanker truck was half full and contained 10,000 litres of diesel," he said.

    "The blaze has caused significant damage to the truck and it is lucky nobody was injured in the incident."
    The fire burned for about two hours as thick black smoke billowed from the tanker.

    One lane of the highway was reopened to traffic about 10.30am.
    The cause of the fire is unknown and investigations are continuing.

    Source ntnews.com.au/article/2012/08/04/312568_ntnews.html

    FUEL TANKER HIT BY FREIGHT TRAIN IN FIERY TAXAS CRASH (Texas)

    August 23, 2012 Dallas, Texas USA

    A road tanker carrying more than 8,000 gallons (31,200 litres) of fuel was hit by a freight train in Wills Point, near Dallas, Texas, early Thursday, causing an explosion.

    The tanker was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at state Highway 80 at about 1:15 a.m. local time (2:15 a.m. ET), according to the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office.

    The sheriff said a train was stopped on the tracks, blocking most of the intersections in town, so the driver of the tanker took a side road to get around it. But the route wasn't designed to handle 18-wheelers and the tanker ended up getting caught on the tracks.

    Just as the tanker got stuck, a Union Pacific train slammed right into it, pushing it along the tracks.

    Flames erupted soon after the collision.

    The tanker driver, two men on the train, a conductor and an engineer escaped without injuries.

    Texas freight trains and tanker incident

    Texas freight trains and tanker incident

    Flames from tanker and train fire

    Flames from tanker and train fire

    Fire crews battle train tanker fire

    Fire crews battle train tanker fire

    Some fuel leaked toward nearby homes, but crews said those home are not in danger of catching on fire. The smoke, however, is a concern and crews are working to evacuate about 50 homes in the area. Fire departments from across Van Zandt County and Kaufman County are on the scene.

    View a video or view more photos.

    TANKER CRASH CLOSED RITCHIE HIGHWAY FOR 5 HOURS (MARYLAND)

    August 7, 2012 Pasadena Maryland USAUnhitched tanker in Maryland

    Ritchie Highway was shut down for five hours Tuesday as emergency crews cleaned up a fuel tanker crash in Pasadena.

    County Fire Department officials said that shortly before 2 p.m. a tanker truck was making a left hand turn onto Ritchie Highway at Pasadena Road when the trailer separated from the tractor. The container started leaking gasoline onto the road.

    All lanes of the major highway were shut down, with traffic detoured onto side roads. Traffic was backed up for several miles until after the highway was reopened at 7 p.m.

    Lt. Steve Thompson, department spokesman, said the truck was carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel at the time of the crash. A Maryland Department of the Environment hazardous materials crew arrived on the scene and determined the leak appeared to be minor.

    MDE spokesman Jay Apperson said officials helped unload the fuel container. A wrecker removed the truck after the fuel was transferred to another tanker.

    Source capitalgazette.com/maryland_gazette/news

    TRUCK ROLLOVER CAUSES TRAFFIC DELAYS ON PORT CURTIS WAY AT GLADSTONE (QLD)

    August 10, 2012 Gladstone Queensland

    More than six hours after a diesel tanker rolled over and spilled part of its 32,000L load near Gladstone, emergency services are still cleaning up.

    An emergency services spokeswoman said at 7pm there were still four Queensland Fire and Rescue Service units at the Port Curtis Way site, near Yarwun.

    She said there was a "major rupture" in the diesel tank, and confirmed diesel had spilled into a waterway nearby. "The diesel has been drained, we're still in attendance," she said.

    Police said the truck rollover occurred about 1pm when a semi-trailer carrying fuel crashed on the road near Yarwun.

    Source heraldsun.com.au/news

    OVERTURNED TANKER LEAKS CLOSE TO 4,300 GALLONS OF GAS ON SR 64E IN HARDEE COUNTY (Florida)

    August 13, 2012 Polk County Florida USA

    Overturned tanker in Florida

    Overturned tanker in Florida

    Prime mover and wrecked tanker

    Prime mover and wrecked tanker

    A tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of diesel and gasoline overturned just before 3 p.m. today off SR 64 East in Hardee County.

    According to Polk County Fire Rescue, the following agencies have responded to the scene:

    • Hardee County Fire Rescue
    • Hardee County Emergency Management
    • Polk County Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team
    • Highlands County Fire Department

    The semi-tanker was traveling eastbound when it lost control and overturned. The accident, according to Polk County Fire Rescue, caused the tanker to spill approximately 4,500 gallons onto the shoulder.

    At 8:20 p.m. the third party cleanup crew, A.C.T. Environmental & Infrastructure Inc., began drilling the first of four holes needed to remove the remaining fuel from the overturned tanker on SR 64 East in Hardee County.

    All fuel must be removed before the tanker can be hauled away. Crews anticipate the road closure to continue through midnight as they complete the initial clean up.

    Excavation of the contaminated soil will take place tomorrow and will involve partial road closures. Motorists are asked to use SR 66 as an alternate route.

    Source wtsp.com/news

    TANKER FLIPS, GAS LEAK AVERTED; DRIVER AIRLIFTED (Arkansas)

    August 4, 2012 Berryville, Arkansas USA

    Tanker wreckage in Carroll County

    Tanker wreckage in Carroll County

    A tractor-trailer driver was injured when his gasoline-filled tanker overturned on Highway 21 late Thursday morning. The accident occurred around 11 a.m. near County Road 705.

    As of press time, the Arkansas Highway Patrol had not released the driver's name, and his condition was not known. However, he had been airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield Thursday afternoon after originally being taken by ambulance to Berryville's hospital.

    By 11:30 Thursday, at least 20 officers and firefighters were on the scene of the wreck. They milled around the crumpled remains of the tanker, which was wedged against a stand of trees at the bottom of the highway embankment.

    They urged bystanders to stay at a safe distance, fearing a possible explosion after the gasoline was initially thought to be leaking slowly.

    A second tanker soon arrived to siphon off the wrecked tanker's gasoline load.

    Authorities closed the northbound lane of the highway for several hundred yards, directing cars around the wreck and bringing traffic to a crawl.

    Bobby Edens, who stood nearby, was driving directly behind the truck when the accident occurred. He said he and another man had pulled the driver from the cab before paramedics arrived.

    The cause of the accident is not clear. Edens said the driver told him he thought something had come loose in the front of the tanker. The accident occurred at a curve in the road where local residents say many crashes have occurred over the years.

    Source carrollconews.com

    TANKER RUPTURES AFTER CRASH, SPILLS FUEL (Illinois)

    August 16, 2012 Venice Illinois USA

    A tanker truck owned by Piasa Fuels of Hartford overturned and ruptured Thursday on Illinois Route 3 near the McKinley Bridge, spilling several thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, authorities said.

    The incident occurred about 9:05 a.m. Thursday as the semi-truck pulling a large tanker was heading south on Route 3 approaching the McKinley Bridge across the Mississippi River at Venice. About 500 feet south of Bremen Street, the driver apparently was going too fast around a curve, said a report from Illinois State Police District 11 in Collinsville.

    The truck went off the road to the right, struck a utility pole and rolled over onto its right side, the State Police report said.

    It said the tanker ruptured, spilling several thousand - perhaps as much as 6,000 - gallons of gas and diesel onto Route 3.

    The Venice Fire Department and the Madison County Hazardous Materials Team responded to the scene, as did a number of other fire departments from both sides of the river. The Wood River Fire Department bought its portable foam pumper. More than 75 firefighters assisted at the scene.

    Because there were no fire hydrants in the area of the crash, tankers had to shuttle water in for the pumper trucks. Foam and water were used to suppress vapors and prevent the truck from catching fire.

    Read more.

    DEATH TOLL FROM HOLIDAY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS HITS 760 (Indonesia)

    With a family member living in Indonesia the editor has more than a passing interest in this set of statistics of our close neighbour. EdA family on a motor cycle

    August 24, 2012 Jakarta Indonesia

    Road accidents during the Muslim holiday of Idul Fitri, when millions of Indonesians travel to their hometowns, have killed at least 760 people and injured more than 5,000, the police said on Friday.

    More than 4,000 accidents have occurred since revellers began their journeys a week before Idul Fitri, which fell on Sunday in Indonesia, National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said.

    Most of the accidents occurred on the main island of Java and nearly 70 percent of them involved motorcycles, he said. "As we speak, more people are being killed in road accidents," Amar said.

    Idul Fitri marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. About 20 million people across the sprawling archipelago took part in the annual exodus to spend the holiday with their relatives this year. Many use motorcycles to travel long distances, often with two or three people, including children, on the back and front.

    Amar said reckless driving, bad roads and poorly maintained vehicles contributed to the number of accidents.

    Source thejakartaglobe.com/home

    CLEAN-UP, INVESTIGATION OF TRAIN DERAILMENT EXPECTED TO TAKE WEEKS (NORTH CAROLINA)

    August 7, 2012 Cramerton North Carolina USA

    Derailed rail tank cars

    Derailed rail tank cars

    Top view of rail tank car

    Top view of rail tank car

    Derailed rail cars close to homes

    Derailed rail cars close to homes

    The clean-up and investigation into a train derailment from Monday evening is expected to take weeks, WBTV has learned.

    Gaston County EMS, HAZMAT, and Norfolk Southern crews responded after a train carrying LP gas derailed along 8th Avenue in Cramerton at about 4:30 p.m.

    Norfolk Southern told WBTV the train had three locomotives and 121 cars. A company spokesperson said 31 cars derailed and four of them were tankers carrying liquefied petroleum (LP) gas, commonly known as propane.

    None of the gas leaked from the tankers during the derailment and no one was hurt, officials told WBTV.

    Read more.

    BATON ROUGE EVACUATIONS AS CREWS 'VENT AND BURN' I-10 TANKER (Louisiana)

    August 25, 2012 Baton Rouge Louisiana USA

    Louisiana authorities plan to evacuate an area near Interstate 10 where a tanker carrying Flammable Isobutane crashed in order to perform a controlled "vent and burn" of the chemical.
    Police are going door-to-door within several hundred yards of the crash site to either evacuate residents or advise them to "evacuate in place," according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

    Safety officials are planning a "vent and burn" operation to remedy the situation, which involves poking holes in the disabled tanker and burning the fuel on-site.

    WAFB-TV reports that the closure has snarled traffic for an entire day in Baton Rouge.

    Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said authorities will attempt to blow two holes in the tank, ignite the isobutane and conduct a controlled burn. The truck was carrying 8,700 gallons of the chemical.

    Police said the accident happened when a car flipped early Wednesday morning after the driver lost control and hit a retaining wall. A tanker truck stopped for the accident and was rear-ended by another 18-wheeler.

    Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Barry Mounce said the evacuation area will be a few hundred yards around the accident site. Shelters are being set up for evacuees.

    Source wwl.com/Baton-Rouge

    AT LEAST 26 DEAD IN VENEZUELAN REFINERY BLAST (at Venezuela)

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    August 26, 2012 Venezuela

    An explosion at Venezuela's biggest oil refinery has killed at least 26 people and injured more than 50 others in the nation's worst industrial accident in recent memory.

    Venezuelan state TV showed footage of flames and billowing clouds of smoke coming from storage tanks at the 645,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) facility.

    Refinery fire in Venezuela

    Refinery fire in Venezuela

    The blast, triggered by a gas leak at 1:15am on Saturday (local time), damaged nearby homes and officials said a 10-year-old child was among the dead.

    Most of those killed were National Guard troops who were providing security for the refinery, energy minister Rafael Ramirez said, adding that the fire was under control.

    "There was a National Guard barracks near the explosion... the installation was too close to the operations," Mr Ramirez said, adding that operations could resume at Amuay within two days at most.

    "We need to boost production at other refineries and look for floating storage near the complex."

    Mr Ramirez said none of the production units at the Amuay refinery were affected and that there were no plans to halt exports, a sign that the incident will likely have little impact on fuel prices.

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