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June 2013

MINUTES OF CROIERG COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN CANBERRA ACT ON MAY 14, 2013

The minutes of the CROIERG Committee Meeting held at the TISC Training Complex, Sutton Road, Canberra ACT on Tuesday May 14th, 2013 are available in the Member’s Area of this website in the CROIERG BUSINESS Section for the information of members

AUTHORITIES CONDUCT TRUCK CRACKDOWN ON BARTON HIGHWAY (NSW)

On May 15th & 16th Authorities carried out a joint operation targeting heavy vehicles on the Barton Highway (Yass-Canberra).

Involved were the NSW Police, (with roadside drug testing unit) Australian Federal Police, NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) heavy vehicle inspectors, and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority Dangerous Goods Section (EPA)

The results were:

  • 297 breath tests and 239 drug tests were conducted
  • 45 heavy vehicles were inspected with 44 defect notices and 27 traffic infringement notices issued
  • The EPA conducted 47 Dangerous Goods inspections with one driver issued a notice of review.
  • 17 waste inspections were also conducted
  • 40 downloads of heavy vehicle electronic control modules were conducted with nine (9) speed limiter non-compliance breaches detected
  • 20 traffic infringement notices were issued and there were three (3) radar infringements for speeding

Source Yass Tribune

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STAGE 2 (Practical) Training Courses will be conducted at the TISC Training Complex on:

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ALL TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE TO:

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TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

(02) 6297 7187

Email TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

  • Stage 1 (Managers) Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response
  • Stage 2 (Responders) "Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations".

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

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$3,300 + $88 for Responder Card

CROIERG EMERGENCY RESPONSE CHART

Several members companies have ordered copies of the CROIERG Emergency Response Chart and had it placed on Alupanel. There is an additional charge for the Alupanel and a slight increase in freight

The ER Chart is a data gathering and decision making process to aid responders in handling emergencies in a logical, methodical manner this chart is a first class emergency response operational tool!

In colour with a protective coating on a lightweight Corflute or Alupanel material (600mm x 385mm)

Priced at $54.78 each on Corflute including GST and Postage

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  • CORFLUTE is made from weather resistant plastic to ensure your sign can withstand the elements
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CROIERG TRAINING COURSE 2-PAGE FEATURE IN "TRAILER MAGAZINE"
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The March 2013 edition of Trailer Magazine contained a two-page feature article on CROIERG, with strong emphasis on the Training Courses

And a full page advertisement for the CROIERG Training Courses

MAROONED DRIVERS FEAR FIRE ACCIDENT AT INDENI, TAZAMA (Zambia)

Here is a really unbelievable news report. Ed

Report courtesy of Don Johnston’s DG HAZMAT News

April 20, 2013 Zambia

Fuel tanker drivers marooned at Indeni and Tazama for over three weeks have warned of a serious fire accident if Trafigura, the company contracted to supply fuel to the Zambian government, does not allow them to offload the consignment.

A check found drivers cooking under the tankers.

In an interview yesterday, one of the drivers said they were living in fear of a fire should Trafigura continue to refuse to offload the fuel.

Trafigura has refused to offload the consignment, demanding a letter of credit from the government.

But energy permanent secretary George Zulu said the government has issued the letter of credit to Trafigura to allow the tankers to discharge the fuel in the reserve tanks.

"People here are cooking while others are smoking, this is not good because these tankers are filled with fuel and any small fire might cause a terrible accident.

It is not safe for us to be cooking and under the tankers. We don't even have convenience room so we are answering the call of nature in the nearby bushes," said the driver who opted anonymity.

And another driver said contrary to reports that the Zambian government had ordered them to go to Lusaka to offload the fuel, none of them had moved as they were all still stranded at Indeni and Tazama.

Source postzambia.com/post-read_article.php?articleId=31694

MEXICO GAS TANKER BLAST LEAVES 20 DEAD (Mexico)

May 8, 2013 Mexico City MEXICO

Aftermath of Mexico gas tanker explosion

Aftermath of Mexico gas tanker explosion

Fire crews at gas tanker in Mexico

Fire crews at gas tanker in Mexico

A gas tanker explosion on a highway north of Mexico City has killed at least 20 people and injured more than 30 others after a fireball tore through cars and homes.

The blast rocked the neighbourhood of Ecatepec in the early hours of yesterday morning, officials in the central state of Mexico said.

Eight children were among the injured and officials have warned the death toll could still rise.

"We have 20 people who lost their lives and 36 who were hospitalised," Mexico State’s top prosecutor Miguel Angel Contreras said. "We are not ruling out that more [bodies] could be in the rubble."

Nearby buildings, cars and trucks burst into flames after the tanker exploded before sunrise.

Firefighters sifted through the rubble for any more victims after the blast left the charred remains of vehicles on the highway, road cement barriers thrown to the side and smoke billowing from buildings.

The truck was travelling on a highway linking Mexico City to the central city of Pachuca when it exploded at around 5:30 am local time.

The truck apparently overturned and authorities were investigating the cause of the accident.

Source abc.net.au/news/2013-05-08/mexico-gas-tanker-blast-leaves-20-dead/4676178

THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO FIX THE LEAK (India)

Looks like a need for training courses here. Ed

May 4, 2013 Mumbai India

Commuters watch work on leaking gas tanker

Commuters watch work on leaking gas tanker

The mishap on the Pune-Mumbai expressway where a tanker carrying 17 tonnes of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) toppled, leading to leakage of the gas on Friday, exposed some major chinks in the armour of the officials tackling the situation. Going by their actions, the police, expressway staff and the fire brigade personnel had no idea of how to stop the leakage of the LPG from the tanker. It took a team of experts from the Bharat Petroleum Company Limited to find a solution.

The tanker toppled near Khandala when on its way to Pune from Mumbai at 9 am on Friday. After the mishap, the local police rushed to the spot and halted the traffic from both sides as a precaution as the LPG was leaking from the broken valve of the tanker.

However, neither the police nor the expressway staff had any idea about how to stop the LPG leakage. The police summoned the fire brigade to fix it.

When the fire brigade personnel reached the spot, they tried to release the entire LPG from the tanker into the air.

Inspector Rajendra Mokashi, in charge of Khopoli police station said, "The fire fighters tried to release the gas, but it was in a large quantity and was spreading in the air. There was a danger of fire as the gas was spreading in the air."

Meanwhile, an expert team of Bharat Petroleum Company Limited reached the spot. The team had plans to transfer the LPG from the damaged tanker to another tanker, but the process was time-consuming and the queue of vehicles on either side of the expressway was increasing. Therefore, the authorities decided to fix the leakage first. Mokashi said,

"The experts decided to fix the leakage of the broken valve so that the road can be cleared for traffic. Therefore, they fixed the leakage temporarily. They will be transferring the remaining LPG from the damaged tanker to another tanker.

Source dnaindia.com/pune/1830503/report-they-didn-t-know-how-to-fix-the-leak

TRUCKING COMPANY FINED FOR MASSIVE FLATHEAD GAS SPILL (Montana)

May 7, 2013 Montana USA

Five years after a massive fuel spill fouled the shores of Flathead Lake, the U.S. Environmental Protection Authority says the truck company involved in the crash will pay more than $80,000.

The crash happened in April 2008 on Montana Highway 35 just north of Polson. Investigators say the driver of the Keller Transportation gas tanker was going too fast around a corner when he lost control. The truck's second trailer hit the rock embankment and ruptured, spilling more than 23,000 litres of fuel.

The initial cleanup took several days, but the gasoline seeped into the ground and over 500 feet down to the shoreline, entering the water and creating a mess that impacted residents and the environment for months. The fumes were so bad that five homes had to be evacuated for nearly a year.

EPA administrators announced on Tuesday that Keller had agreed to pay $83,500 to settle penalties for violating the Clean Water Act as well as the Oil Pollution Act, which prohibits the discharge of petroleum products into water.

"Truck accidents can have a significant impact on the environment and in this case caused a threat to public health," said Mike Gaydosh, EPA enforcement director in Denver. "This penalty serves as a strong reminder that every effort must be taken to avoid accidents and spills when hauling hazardous materials. EPA will take necessary steps to protect the public."

EPA and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe has been working with Keller on the spill cleanup ever since. Those measures have included air abatement and monitoring systems, disposal of contaminated soil and systems to collect and treat groundwater.

The EPA says Keller is still responsible for monitoring the area, and while air quality improved, there are still "high levels" of groundwater contamination in the path of the spill. The agency says Keller has complied with all cleanup requests since the spill.

Source kxlf.com/news

ONE DEAD IN FUEL TANK FIRE IN RIO DE JANEIRO (Brazil)

May 24 2013. Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Brazil oil depot fire

Brazil oil depot fire

One person died and seven other were injured when a huge fire destroyed at least six large fuel storage tanks outside Rio de Janeiro, local government sources said.

The fire broke out in the storage area of fuel and lubricant distributor Petrogold in Duque de Caxias, a municipality in the Rio metropolitan area, and it took firefighters four hours to bring it under control.

The Duque de Caxias city hall confirmed the death of one of the storage centre’s workers and the fact that seven others had been admitted to Adao Pereira Nunes Hospital. The man, who died, apparently, inhaled toxic gases before being picked up by an ambulance.

The flames, which could be seen several kilometers (miles) away, spread to six fuel tanks and part of the administrative facilities at the site, which firefighters had difficulty accessing due to explosions caused by the blaze. Given the difficulty of fighting the fire directly within the storage area, firefighters from six stations deployed to battle it were limited to a great extent to spraying water on the roofs and the yards of nearby homes to try and prevent the flames from spreading.

Firefighters also ordered the evacuation of residents in homes on six streets near the site, which is close to the highway linking the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Teresopolis.

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Source hindustantimes.com/world-news/SouthAmerica/One-killed-in-Brazil-giant-fuel-depot-blaze/Article1-1065165.aspx

FIRE DESTROYS BULAWAYO PETROL STATION (Zimbabwe)

April 19, 2013 Bulawayo City Zimbabwe

Tanker on fire at Zimbabwe servo

Tanker on fire at Zimbabwe servo

A petrol station exploded in a ball of fire in the Bulawayo City Centre on Independence Day.

Police said no-one was injured in the mid-afternoon blaze at the Redan Garage on Main Street and Fifth Avenue which also destroyed two fuel tankers.

Investigators were looking into claims that the fire was sparked by welders laying water pipes just meters from the garage at the same time as the two trucks were delivering petrol and diesel.

Police struggled to control swelling crowds as fire fighters battled the flames for over an hour with the help of six fire engines – including four trucks recently donated to the City of Bulawayo by the UK-based organisation, Operation Florian.

In the chaos, Nduduzo Tshuma, a journalist from the NewsDay newspaper said on Twitter that he had been beaten with a baton stick by a female police officer, who also attacked the newspaper’s pregnant female photographer, Resta Nyamwanza.

Afternoon shoppers looked to the skies in horror after large plumes of smoke shot up in the middle of the city. The petrol station is next to the busy Unity Village Flea Market.

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TOXIC CHEMICALS ON FIRE AFTER TRAIN CRASHES IN BELGIUM

May 3, 2013 Ghent Belgium

Wreckage at Belgium train crash

Wreckage at Belgium train crash

Flames spreading in Belgium

Flames spreading in Belgium

Fire Fighting machine at Belgian train crash

Fire Fighting machine at Belgian train crash

At least one person is dead after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Belgium and burst into flames. Up to 17 others were injured in the accident, which happened near the city of Ghent.

Six of the train's 13 cars came off the tracks and caught fire, leading to a series of explosions. A fire then spread over hundreds of metres.

Fumes from the chemicals spread much further via a drainage system and authorities had to evacuate nearly 300 people from their homes.

Many of the victims were people living well away from the scene of the accident, and Belgium's interior minister Joelle Milquet blamed the toxic fumes.

"There are two problems," she said. "There are the cars that derailed with this chemical product and which are ablaze, so there is a problem of poisoning linked to the smoke. "The fire is under control but it will burn a while longer. But there is also another reaction.

"Some of the chemical product went into the drains and caused a kind of chemical reaction with gases that are toxic and escaped into certain streets beyond the perimeter that had already been evacuated due to the fire."

Firefighters let the cars burn out in a controlled manner as water could have released further toxic chemicals.

The cause of the accident is unclear, but some observers say it might have been travelling too fast and derailed as it tried to change tracks. The train came from the Netherlands and was bound for Ghent's seaport Gent-Zeehaven.

Rail services between Schellebelle and Wetteren were disrupted and problems are expected for two days. Two similar accidents involving trains carrying tanks of toxic products occurred in Belgium in May 2012.

Source abc.net.au/news/2013-05-05/one-dead-after-belgian-train-carrying-toxic-chemicals-derails/4670150

Source photos news.sky.com/story/1086923/belgium-one-dies-in-toxic-train-crash-fire

EASTBOUND I-26 REOPENED AFTER AUTHORITIES MOP UP HUGE GASOLINE SPILL (South Carolina)

April 27, 2013 Jedburg, South Carolina USA

A two-vehicle collision that took place shortly before 3 a.m. has Interstate 26 closed to eastbound traffic from mile marker 187 near Pringletown to mile marker 194 near Jedburg, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Authorities were mopping up gasoline that spilled from a tanker truck that overturned, Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said. The eastbound lanes were closed almost 12 hours before reopening around 2: 15 p.m.

The tractor-trailer and a car were both going east on the highway at 2:52 a.m. when the tractor-trailer struck the car in the rear, Wyant said.

Both vehicles went off the road, and the tractor-trailer overturned. Its tank was ruptured and gasoline began spilling out, Wyant said.

The driver of the tanker, 26-year-old William Wieters of North Charleston, was taken by EMS to Medical University Hospital, Wyant said. She did not have information about his condition but said she understood his injuries were not life-threatening.

Wieters was cited for driving too fast for conditions, she said.

Source postandcourier.com

DOZENS KILLED IN AFGHAN BUS CRASH (Afghanistan)Tanker and buses in Afghanistan

Bus crashes into wreckage of a fuel tanker left on road for several days after Taliban fighters opened fire on it.

April 26, 2014 Kandahar, Southern Afghanistan

At least 30 people aboard a bus have died after it collided with the wreckage of a fuel tanker in southern Afghanistan, officials have said.

The battered vehicle was left in the middle of a narrow road on the border of Helmand and Kandahar provinces for several days after Taliban fighters opened fire on it. Police considered the area too dangerous to enter, the officials said.

Early on Friday, the bus smashed into the truck and both vehicles burst into flames, badly burning many of the bus passengers, according to Abdul Razaq, the provincial police chief of Kandahar.

Razaq said eight passengers were injured. Omar Zawak, the governor's spokesman in Helmand province, put the injury total at 11. Both said the casualties included men, women and children.

Source aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013426132014938389.html

DIESEL TANKER ACCIDENT CAUSES OIL RUSH (Thailand)

April 26, 2013 Bangkok Thailand

Residents of Watthana Nakhon district of Sa Kaeo province rushed to collect leaking diesel fuel from a tanker truck that slid off the road and overturned on Friday morning.

The accident occurred on the Watthana Nakhon – Baan Sae Or in tambon Nong Waeng around 5.30am.

The tanker, carrying 37,000 litres of diesel, skidded off the road and then flipped onto its side, Poonwit Ratthisarn, of Baan Thub Mai police station, said.

The police and rescue workers found the driver still trapped inside the truck's cabin. They helped him out and then rushed him to the local hospital.

The tanker was leaking diesel onto the roadside and people in the area, and drivers of passing vehicles, rushed to fill whatever containers they could lay their hands on with the spilling fuel. So great was their enthusiasm for the free fuel, they caused a traffic jam lasting several hours.

Source bangkokpost.com/news/local/347161/residents-collect-diesel-that-leaks-from-overturned-tanker

LPG LEAK AFTER TANKER CRASH BRINGS TRAFFIC TO A HALT ON EXPRESSWAY (India)

May 4, 2013 Mumbai India

Leaking LPG tanker in India

Leaking LPG tanker in India

Traffic on both the old highway and the Expressway between Pune and Mumbai came to a complete standstill for more than six hours on Friday, after a fuel tanker turned on its side and started leaking near Khandala on the Expressway.

Incidentally, diversion of traffic on both the highways was not possible as the mishap took place very close to the Amrutanjan Bridge, approximately 1 km away from the bridge towards Mumbai. Since any vehicle that needs to access either highway, needs to cross this bridge, vehicles were seen stuck in jams as long as 10-15 km on both sides of the accident site.

According to the State Highway Police (SHP), a Bharat Petroleum fuel tanker, carrying Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), turned on its side and went off the Expressway, about a kilometre from Amrutanjan Bridge, approximately 70 km from Pune around 8 am.

Police said the tanker started from Uran on Friday morning and was on its way to Shikrapur. As per information provided by the local police, the driver is reported to have told them that the steering wheel of the tanker got jammed and he lost the control of the vehicle. The driver was later detained by local police.

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TANKER ROLLED WHILE TRYING TO AVOID A CAR (Oklahoma)

May 5, 2013 Stillwater, Oklahoma USA

It's going to be a long day for the army of vehicles and crews working to clear a rollover tanker accident on Perkins Road.

Perkins Road from McElroy Road to Redbud Drive remains closed Sunday afternoon. Residents and businesses in a 300-foot radius have been evacuated due to spilled diesel fuel the truck was carrying. No one was injured.

Stillwater Director of Public Safety Norman McNickle said the wreck happened at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday when a tanker hauling diesel and gasoline swerved to avoid a sports car on the side of the road.

The tanker missed the car but rolled through barriers and guardrails to within 4 feet of a electricity utility substation superstructure. The substation has had to be partially shut down.

McNickle said the tanker's 3,000 gallon diesel compartment was ruptured while its 5,000 gallon gasoline compartment remains intact.


"It's really fortunate because had it been gasoline we would be in a much different situation," he said. Gasoline has a much lower flashpoint making it far more dangerous than diesel. Crews drilled holes in tanker and have started to pump its contents into another tanker. More holes are being drilled but it is a long, slow process to make sure it is done safely, McNickle said.

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CAR CRASHES INTO FUEL TANKER ON I-85 IN DAVIDSON COUNTY (North Carolina)

May 15, 2013 Thomasville, N.C. US

Car and tanker in North Carolina

Car and tanker in North Carolina

The northbound lanes of Interstate 85 in Davidson County were temporarily closed on Wednesday due to a wreck involving a tanker truck.

Officials say a car struck the back of the tanker around 1:45 a.m. near mile marker 104.

Dispatchers say both drivers were taken to the hospital, but their conditions were not clear.

The tanker was hauling 8,100 gallons of ethanol. There were no leaks, but the fuel still had to be pumped out of the tanker.

One lane of I-85 North was closed during the morning commute. Authorities shut down all northbound lanes around 10:45 a.m. so they could move the fuel. Two of the northbound lanes reopened around 1:45 p.m. It was not clear when the third lane is expected to reopen.

Source myfox8.com/2013/05/15/crash-involving-fuel-tanker-closes-lane-of-i-85-north-in-davidson-county/

TWO DIE IN FIERY CRASH INVOLVING TANKER TRUCK (Texas)

May 10, 2013 Baylor County, Texas USA

At least two people were killed in a fiery three-vehicle collision in Baylor County. The collision, involving two trucks and a pickup hauling a flatbed, sparked a fire and hazardous material spill on U.S. 277 near Bomarton in Baylor County.

The incident happened about 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brody Moore said no one was transported to the hospital following the wreck in which at least two vehicles burned in the middle of U.S. 277.

Moore said there was an initial explosion from the tanker truck filled with what was believed to be fuel.

The truck was jack-knifed, leaking the hazardous material onto the road. A small grass fire started because of the truck’s blaze.

Firefighters doused the tanker with foam after letting excess fuel burn off for about three hours. Witnesses said another vehicle, possibly a minivan, may have been involved in the accident.

Randy West, a trucker from Tennessee who was hauling pipe on his rig, said a one-ton pickup driving north on U.S. 277 swerved into the southbound lanes, struck his rig, then hit an oncoming tanker truck head on. He said the tanker was just behind him.

The Wichita Falls Fire Department sent several units to the scene to assist.

A large portion of U.S. 277 was closed due to the wreck and traffic was rerouted onto a farm to market road that led back to U.S. 277.

Source timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/may/10/two-die-in-fiery-crash-involving-tanker-truck/

FUEL TANKER FIRE CAUSES COMPLICATED REPAIR EFFORT FOR WORKERS (Pennsylvania)

May 9, 2013 Susquehanna, Pennsylvania USA

Tanker fire and overpass+

Tanker fire and overpass

Remains of tanker truck

Remains of tanker truck

Tanker fire on Interstate Highway 81

Tanker fire on Interstate Highway 81

The fuel tanker fire that has closed Interstate 81 in Susquehanna Township and led to traffic delays across the mid-state has created a bevy of unique problems as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation works to reopen the roads.

"What complicates this one is it’s not just the ramp (where the crash occurred)," said Greg Penny, PennDOT spokesman. "Because of the fire and damage to the bridge, it affects I-81 underneath that and eastbound 322 over the ramp."

The crash occurred at approximately 6:10 a.m. as a tanker carrying 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned and caught fire.

The fire occurred on the ramp from Interstate 81 north to Route 322 west, directly over the interstate. There were reports of burning fuel leaking from Route 322 down onto Interstate 81.

Penny described this crash as "definitely the worst" that he recalls on the ramp. He said a preliminary look at PennDOT statistics show from 1997 to 2012, there were 25 crashes on the ramp that involved a vehicle hitting a fixed object. That averages to about 1.5 per year.

"The interstate is such a major traffic corridor in this region. It takes it to a new whole level. Greg Penny, PennDOT spokesman

He said crashes in the location usually occur when a truck is traveling too fast and a driver loses control going around the curve. In this instance, the fire and the fuel leaking to the highway below has complicated matters.

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AT LEAST A DOZEN BIRDS KILLED FOLLOWING I-81 TANKER CRASH AND DIESEL SPILL (PA)

May 10, 2013

Oil contaminated Canada goose gosling

Oil contaminated Canada goose gosling

Booms in wetlands

Booms in wetlands

At least a dozen fuel-coated ducklings and goslings rescued from the Wildwood Lake Sanctuary have died.

The birds were rescued by field officers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission after about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the wetlands as a result of a tanker crash on I-81. A hiker spotted the spill and reported it to the commission shortly before noon Thursday.

Dauphin County officials say the county’s HazMat responded to the fuel spill and was able to prevent further damage to the wetlands by placing booms along the banks of the lake to absorb the oil. About 10 of the park’s 200 acres were affected by the fuel leak.

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said fuel spilled at the crash site, travelled through a storm drain to Paxton Creek and into Wildwood marsh.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Friday that the spill was quickly contained in the lake and that cleanup efforts are continuing. The marsh is an important habitat for wildlife and plants, including state endangered species.

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KING OF CLEAN-UPS: B.C. HAZMAT'S DAVE ROGERS PREPARES WORKERS, COMMUNITIES FOR MESSY SPILLS (Canada)

May 14, 2013 British Columbia CANADA

David Rogers sent a transport container loaded with enough gear to handle a massive fuel, oil or hazardous material spill to a liquefied natural gas plant in Kitimat earlier this year.

He’s convinced it won’t be the last $100,000 shipment to the north.

The president of Sidney-based B.C. Hazmat Management expects his company will be tapped for more materials, training and spill management expertise as the province’s energy industry ramps up.

Rogers is also convinced B.C. will eventually see a pipeline carrying Alberta’s oil-sands crude to northern ports. "We know there will be a pipeline. We know there will be more tankers. Right now, there are 250 tankers going up and down our coast, and I know we will have a spill," Rogers said. "The Exxon Valdez [in 1989] was the last major spill on our coast. We are well overdue for it."

And that’s why Rogers’ firm, which has specialized in safety training, spill management and hazardous goods shipping for 13 years, is gearing up.

In the safety game, preparation is everything.

B.C. Hazmat has already developed a Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Techniques course to train personnel to deal with oil spills and ensure maximum oil recovery while minimizing ecological damage.

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TANKER ROLLOVER ON HWY 50 CAUSES FIRE (Colorado)

May 22, 2013 Montrose Colorado USA

One alternating lane on Highway 50 opened up around 12:30 p.m. after a tanker rollover caused the highway to completely shut down for nearly 10 hours between mile marker 101 to 131 Wednesday.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, a gasoline tanker heading east failed to make a turn and rolled over near mile marker 124.

The tanker was carrying about seven thousand gallons of gasoline and caught on fire.

The fire spread up the side of a mountain burning nearly one acre. Several fire departments were on scene fighting the blaze and working to clear the scene.

Authorities say the driver of the truck Russel Rice, 43, from Montrose sustained minor injuries.
Officials say an unidentified passenger also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital

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BOILING OIL MAY HAVE CAUSED BERRIMAH EXPLOSION (Northern Territory)

May 24, 2013 Darwin NT

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a major explosion of two oil tanks at a bitumen factory in Darwin's industrial area this afternoon.

Massive plumes of smoke were seen across the horizon after two fuel drums exploded at the Bitumen Supply Company on Syrimi Road off Wishart Road.

Fire watch commander Scott Perry said initial observations suggest the explosion started after an oil tanker boiled over.

"We think the oil has actually fallen down onto some heated gas equipment and then started a fire," Commander Perry told ABC Local Radio. "Obviously we have a fire investigator and we are going to carry out a full investigation of this."

He said the incident had to potential to be dangerous and both tanks had to be destroyed during the response.

"Apparently this is standard practice in the industry that they heat the oil to a certain temperature to boil off any water that's contained within the oil then they use it in the bitumen process," Commander Scott Perry said.

"For some reason, it's actually boiled out over the top and come down onto the heated gas equipment and that's what we think caused the explosion." He said crews were at the scene within five minutes of the explosion and no one was hurt.

"It was a large fire, it's completely destroyed two tankers and we lost some gas cylinders in the process. We managed to put out a great deal of smoke."

Source abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/05/24/3766996.htm

MORE THAN 91,000 LITRES SPILLED FROM RAIL CARS (Canada)

May 21, 2013 Saskatchewan CANADARail tank cars jump the tracks

A freight train jumped the tracks in southeastern Saskatchewan Tuesday and spilled more than 91,000 litres of oil. The accident happened as the Canadian Pacific Rail eastbound train was rolling through an area near the village of Jansen, about 150 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.

The company said five cars derailed, but only one leaked its contents. A total of 575 barrels hit the ground, said spokesman Ed Greenberg.

"There is one car that was leaking product," Greenberg said. "It has been contained into the area around the car." The leaking car was well back in the 64-unit train and remained upright. The other four cars were on their sides. Excavation equipment was being sent to the site to build a wall of dirt to further contain the spill.

Reeve Bruce Elke with the rural municipality of Jansen was content with the way the situation was being handled, although he noted he was seeding his farmland and had not been to the scene. "My understanding was that it wasn't that big a spill and everything is going well," Elke said.

Oil spills of any sort have been increasingly under the microscope as debate rages over how best to get Canadian oil to foreign markets. CP Rail has been increasing crude shipments as production ramps up from the oil sands and pipeline companies struggle to increase capacity quickly.

Canadian National Railway (TSX: CNR) moved more than 30,000 carloads of crude to various North American markets last year and believes it can double that business in 2013.

However, in New York earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested rail was a riskier way to go while stumping for U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.

Tuesday's spill marked at least the third involving a CP train in the last few months.

Greenberg said the train that detailed Tuesday was carrying other products besides oil, but there was no indication they were hazardous.

"It was a mixed freight train, so there were other rail cars with other commodities on it." Firefighters from Jansen were called in as a precaution. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was sending an investigator to the site.

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