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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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Sydney East NSW
31 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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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
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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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June 2015

THE FRNSW STATE EMERGENCY EXERCISE AT TISC

It was certainly LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION at the TISC Training Complex, Sutton Road, Canberra on January 22nd and 23rd when a large scale emergency exercise involving a road tanker rollover was held by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) in co-operation with CROIERG, Ron Finemore Transport and the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC)

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CROIERG COMMITTEE MEETING MAY 11, 2015 IN YASS

The CROIERG Committee met at the Yass Soldiers Club in Yass NSW on Monday

May 11th 2015

The minutes of this committee meeting are available for perusal by members in the Member’s Area of this website under the CROIERG Business Tab in the L/H Menu

TRAINING COURSES AT TISC FULLY BOOKED

  • The Responder Training Course (June 15th to 19th) at the TISC Canberra Training Complex is fully booked
  • The Responder Training Course (October 19th to 23rd) is also fully booked

 

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NEW SPILL REPONSE TRAILER GOES TO MELBOURNE

Paul Harrison of TISC, CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver & TISC CEO Ken Brennan at changeover of new trailer bund for Melbourne

Paul Harrison of TISC, CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver & TISC CEO Ken Brennan at changeover of new trailer bund for Melbourne

At the Yass CROIERG Committee Meeting the new trailer for Melbourne had a transport changeover with TISC bringing the unit from Canberra to Yass and Chairman Paul Pulver then taking it to Melbourne where it is to be based at Ron Finemore Tyres, 20 Briggs Drive Derrimut Victoria.

This unit is pump equipped and increases the number of CROIERG pump equipped trailers to 12.

The previous Melbourne based trailer has been re allocated to Naracoorte in South Australia where it will be based at the Barrett Petroleum (TASCO PETROLEUM) Depot at 237 Smith Street, Naracoorte SA. Contact details be advised to the membership as soon as arrangements are finalised

EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING COURSES PLANNED FOR MELBOURNE

The Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) have been working on holding Road Tanker Emergency Responder at locations other than Canberra

Melbourne has been picked as the first external location and TISC are working on finalising dates in September and/or November

Details can be provided by contacting:

Paul Harrison Executive Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC)

441 Sutton Road, Canberra ACT

TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Phone: (02) 6297 7187 Mobile 0407 223 125

Email: pharrison@suttonroad.com.au

NIGERIA'S FUEL CRISIS: 'DEAL REACHED WITH GOVERNMENT' (Nigeria)

And this is from the tenth most petroleum-rich nation in the world. Ed

May 25, 2015 Laos Nigeria

Nigeria's fuel wholesalers say they have reached a deal with the government that should soon see the end of the crippling fuel crisis.

The agreement was reached after talks with the finance minister, Danladi Fasali from the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association told the BBC.

The wholesalers had stopped distributing fuel after alleging the government owed them $1bn (£625m). The shortage has had an impact on the country's aviation and banking sectors.

The party of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, who is due to take office on Friday, had accused the outgoing government of "sabotage" for failing to deal with the crisis At the heart of the shortage has been a row over the payment to wholesalers of the difference between the subsidised pump price and the international market price.

The wholesalers say they were waiting for a $1bn payout from the government before they released more fuel.

But now the marketers association has told its members to start transporting fuel from the depots in the commercial capital, Lagos, and fuel stations have been instructed to reopen, Mr Fasali told the BBC Hausa Service.

A committee will now be set up to verify the $1bn figure and then pay the outstanding money. The government has not yet confirmed the details.

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MOUNTAIN DIESEL SPILL UNDER POLICE INVESTIGATION (New Zealand)

May 24, 2015 Raetihi News Zealand

Here is an interesting report on fuel Storages across the ditch" Ed

Police are now investigating a major diesel spill that poisoned the Raetihi town water supply, after two people laid formal complaints alleging Turoa ski field management knew about the spill for five days but failed to act.

The development comes as a Fairfax investigation reveals a history of diesel spills on Ruapehu.

Ohakune police confirmed they had recently received a complaint about the 2013 spill, in which 19,000 litres of diesel flowed out of a storage tank on Turoa and into the Makotuku River, which supplies Raetihi's water.

Sergeant Mike Craig said the file had been passed to the criminal investigation branch and referred to the Crown Solicitor.

The complaint was laid by Raetihi residents Viv Hoeta and Pete Kearney, who said individuals needed to be held accountable.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL), the company which runs Turoa and Whakapapa skifields was prosecuted in the Environment Court last year after admitting charges including failing to notify WorkSafe of the spill. It was fined $300,000.

The court heard that operations manager Chris Thrupp was told that thousands of litres of diesel could not be accounted for but he did not notify anyone because he saw no signs of a spill and assumed it was a faulty dip-stick reading.

Thrupp told the Fairfax said he felt ``guilty and ashamed" that he did not realise there'd been a major spill, but said there was no intention on his part to keep it from the authorities. ``There was no cover-up."

The court was told RAL had no history of environmental offending, but documents obtained under the Official Information Act show there were at least four diesel spills over the past two decades.

Following the 2013 RAL spill, then-Environment Minister Nick Smith announced a review of fuel tanks on Public Conservation Land.

Its purpose was to ensure flammable fuel storage on conservation estates was compliant with legislation, but the opposite proved true.

The audit, obtained under the OIA, reveals 71 per cent of the fuel storage units failed to comply with safety regulations and 33 per cent were classed  "high risk".

DOC's tanks also had a poor safety record.

Of its tanks, 75 per cent failed to comply, three had "questionable" secondary containment bunding, two had "absolutely none at all", and 41 per cent were high risk.

DOC says 18 of its fuel tanks have since been removed, 15 comply and the department is bringing 23 up to code.

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I-79 RE-OPENS 7 HOURS AFTER FIERY WRECK (West Virginia)

Tanker burns in West VirginiaMay 8 West Star City West Virginia USA

Emergency officials opened all four lanes of Interstate 79 around 9 p.m. Friday night.

A tanker hauling 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel rolled over and burst into flames at just before 2 p.m. just north of Morgantown.

Three hours after the wreck had traffic at a standstill, the fire was finally out.  Police then began to reconstruct the accident scene.  Emergency officials opened one southbound and one northbound lane at that time.

MORE: Video of crash scene

One person was taken by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.  Investigators didn’t immediately release the name of the victim.

Morgantown Utility Board scientists and engineers were monitoring waterways after being notified the wreck may have caused a chemical spill into Scott’s Run.

MUB released the following statement Friday evening:

"This stream empties into the Monongahela River at a point roughly 200 yards north of the Star City Bridge. This point is approximately six miles downstream of the water intake at the Morgantown Water Treatment Plant on Don Knotts Boulevard. Morgantown Lock and Dam is also between the spill site and the Water Treatment Plant intake. This spill is NOT a threat to our local raw water supply or drinking water."

Source wvmetronews.com/2015/05/08/i-79-closed-north-of-morgantown-after-fiery-truck-crash

SELF-COMBUSTING ORGANIC OIL HAND WIPES SPARK TANNING SALON FIRE IN ADELAIDE (South Aust)

This is an interesting one with the dramatic increase in the use of these wipe type materials. Ed

17 May 2015, Adelaide South Australia

Organic oil hand wipes have sparked a blaze in an Adelaide tanning salon after they self-combusted in a rubbish bin.

The MFS said the fire started in a bin on the ground floor of the complex about 1:30am.

The blaze was contained to the Malvern salon on Unley Road but adjoining businesses suffered smoke damage. Sam Efraimsen's yoga studio will be forced to cancel classes for the next couple of days. "I've turned a lot of people away," he said.

"It was going to be a bumper day, two classes on Sunday morning, but the smell up there is just too bad. "It's toxic at the moment.

"I can't just have people up there and the soot, it's just everywhere. It's cake."

Police said the roof of the building collapsed during the blaze.

Source abc.net.au/news/2015-05-17/self-combusting-handwipes-spark-tanning-salon-fire/6475970

FIRE CHIEF BUSTED FOR SPEEDING TO SCENE OF FUEL TANKER SMASH (Georgia)

May 4, 2012 Savannah Georgia USA

A US fire chief has been issued with three traffic citations for failing to stop for Georgia police as he raced to the scene of a smash involving a petrol tanker carrying more than 34,000 litres of fuel.

Rincon fire chief Corey Rahn was picking up an air conditioner on April 10 when he learnt that a garbage truck had rear-ended a fuel tanker, trapping the driver of the garbage truck inside, Savannah Now reports.

Grasping the urgency of the situation, he immediately headed to the scene in his personal car, placing some portable sirens on the top. When a police officer standing in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant noticed the fire chief speeding past he gave chase.

During the pursuit the police used their loud speaker and sirens to try and force the fire chief to stop but he continued to the crash. Rahn later said he thought the cops were responding to the same incident as him.

Despite the officer's best efforts he was unable to reach the car until Rahn stopped at the crash scene. When the officer arrived he told colleagues already at the scene that Rahn was "going to jail" for speeding and failing to stop.

After the officers discovered that Rahn was a Fire Chief and was speeding to get to the potentially life-threatening incident they allowed him to perform his duties but later cited him for reckless driving, failure to exercise due care and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Rincon City Manager Wesley Corbitt said Rahn's presence at the scene was vital.

"What we do know is that a major accident involving a tanker carrying approximately 9000 gallons of gas was rear-ended by a trash truck at approximately 45 miles per hour," Mr Corbitt said.

"The trucks were fused together and an individual was trapped in the trash truck in critical condition. There was tremendous potential for escalation of damage to person and property. I have no doubt of the importance of his presence at the scene and that his leadership was vital to safely diffuse a potentially explosive and life threatening accident." He added that the city has confidence in Rahn.

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47,000 POUNDS OF LIQUEFIED EGGS SPILLS ON INTERSTATE 85 (South Carolina)

Eggs awayMay 5, 2015 Spartanburg County, S.C. USA

Thousands of pounds of liquefied eggs spilled on Interstate 85 Tuesday morning, according to Doug Bryson with Spartanburg County Emergency Management.

Bryson said the tanker was swerving to avoid stopped traffic after a wreck a mile ahead, when it overturned in a ditch near mile marker 61.

He said the crash ruptured the tanker and 47,000 pounds of eggs leaked out.  Since a dozen eggs weighs about a pound and a half, the spilled eggs would be equivalent to about 376,000 eggs.

Source wyff4.com/news/lanes-blocked-on-i85-at-highway-101/32811912

PLANS FOR $700M GLADSTONE OIL REFINERY REVEALED (Queensland)

May 19, 2015 Brisbane QLD

Plans are being drawn up to build Australia's first major oil refinery in 50 years in central Queensland.

The United States based Eagle Ford Oil and Gas Corporation and Australia's Casper Energy will jointly develop the $700 million project near Gladstone.

Initially the refinery would produce 43,500 barrels a day, turning crude oil into high quality diesel and premium gasoline.

The companies said it will help produce a secure fuel industry for Australia and price competitiveness.

In 2014 about 60 per cent of all liquid fuels consumed in Australia were imported, the companies said in statement.

"In the very near future Australia is expected to have only four of an original eight oil refineries with a combined capacity of only 490,000 barrels per day versus demand of over 1.25 million barrels per day," the companies said.

"Diversity in crude processing capability reduces the likelihood of exposure to risk of supply interruptions due to economic and political volatility in world markets."

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the refinery would buoy the town's employment as the construction of liquefied natural gas plants on Curtis Island wound down.

The project could create 1,000 construction jobs and 300 operational positions.

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DRIVER ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY IN TANKER TRUCK ROLLOVER, TROOPERS SAY (Utah)

Tanker rollover in Utah

Tanker rollover in Utah

May 11, 2015 Duchesne County Utah USA

The driver of a tanker truck was taken to the hospital as a precaution Sunday after his truck rolled off U.S 191 in Duchesne County, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The crash was called in about 5:40 p.m. after the truck and its trailers went down a small embankment north of the summit in Indian Canyon, climbed a hillside and overturned, UHP Lt. Beau Mason said.

The two tanker trailers the driver was pulling were empty, so there wasn't a hazardous material spill, the lieutenant said. The crash caused minor traffic delays, but did not close the highway, Mason said.

The driver suffered a cut on his head and was taken to Uintah Basin Medical Center for treatment. The cause of the crash is under investigation. No citations have been issued.

Source deseretnews.com/article/865628393/Driver-escapes-serious-injury-in-tanker-truck-rollover-troopers-say.html

'DISGUSTING' OIL SPILL CLOGS TAURANGA PORT (New Zealand)

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Oil spill in Tauranga Harbour

April 28, 2015 Tauranga New Zealand

Thick, black oil has washed up on properties in Tauranga Harbour following a spill at the city's port yesterday, and a black shag has been covered in oil amid fears for surrounding wildlife.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council this morning reported it was still unknown how much oil had escaped an oil line that leaked into the water as a ship was bunkering amid stormy weather yesterday.

This morning, Tauranga residents in suburbs as far down the harbour as Maungatapu woke to find grass reeds and plants smothered in oil.

Bay of Plenty Times reporter at the Turret Rd causeway said "thick, black, gluggy mounds" of oil could be seen among vegetation at low tide at 8am today.

"It's still quite smelly," she said.

The council said oil had covered about 300 metres of the beach about one metre wide north east of Turret Road.

Most was trapped in seagrass, which would be removed as soon as possible.

The affected beach was difficult to access by vehicle and the regional council would be using its oil spill trailers to clean up the oil. Maungatapu resident Martin Neill said the oil spill was disgusting.

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GROENDYKE DRIVER KILLED WHILE DELIVERING FUEL AT FT WORTH TX C-STORE (Texas)

May 13, Fort Worth Texas USA

Jonathon Luevano, a driver for Groendyke Transport Inc, was shot to death May 7 while delivering gasoline to a Ft Worth TX convenience store. The shooting occurred around 1:25 am, and Luevano, 29, was found dead in the front seat of his truck.

Groendyke officials issued the following statement: "First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and family members of our driver involved in this morning’s incident. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. At this time we can tell you this was a local night shift driver, employed for approximately one year.

This driver has an excellent safety and work record for Groendyke Transport and will be missed. We are doing everything we can to assist the Fort Worth Police Department in their investigation."

A suspect has been arrested in connection with Luevano’s death. Surveillance video from the c-store reportedly shows a car reportedly driven by the suspect moving toward the tank transport. Five or six gunshots were heard.

More details on the incident are on this video from the Ft Worth Star-Telegram.

SOUTHBOUND 710 FREEWAY REOPENS AFTER TANKER FIRE (California)

Tanker fire on 710 Freeway in California (April 2015)

Tanker fire on 710 Freeway in California (April 2015)

April 29, 2015 Bell California USA

All southbound lanes on the 710 Freeway in Bell have reopened after crews finished repairing damage from a massive tanker truck fire over the weekend. All four lanes of the 710 from Atlantic Boulevard to Florence Avenue reopened shortly before 4:45 p.m. Monday.

Earlier, Caltrans officials closed the connector from the southbound 5 Freeway to the southbound 710 Freeway Monday morning to limit traffic from entering the area. The northbound lanes were reopened around 9 p.m. Sunday.

The tanker crashed south of Atlantic Boulevard at 3:30 p.m. Sunday between Slauson Avenue and Bandini Boulevard, according to authorities.

The driver, along with a passenger, was pulling a double trailer. At some point, the driver heard a popping sound and saw the second trailer begin to tip over. The driver pulled over and the pair ran from the truck.

"He heard a loud pop. He looked in his rear view mirror and he saw that he either lost a tire or experienced a flat in his rear trailer. At that point, he saw that the trailer had overturned," said Officer Juan Galvan with California Highway Patrol. The tanker had 8,500 gallons of fuel in two tanks, but only one burst into flames. The smoke was visible for miles.

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OIL AGAIN FOULING CALIFORNIA COAST NEAR SITE OF HISTORIC SPILL (California)

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Emergency workers laying out booms

May 21, 2015 Goleta, California USA

Refugio State Beach is one of the treasures of the California coast, a little-known curve of beach in the hills that on weekends like this one — Memorial Day — would be sprinkled with people who made their way up from Santa Barbara, about 20 miles down the Pacific Coast.

But not on Thursday. Refugio was filled not with vacationers, but with teams of workers in white coveralls and masks, scooping up sand fouled with oil that had washed in after a pipeline broke earlier this week. The smell of oil, not surf, was in the air as Coast Guard riggers off shore, using yellow buoys, tried to corral and clean up the oil before it reached the shore.

Along the beach, rocks — the kind on which children would typically scamper — were sticky with oil, and officials said they might pose the biggest clean-up problem in the days ahead. The only people here were the clean-up crews and the news media; this beach and one other, El Capitan, were shut down by the state’s parks department.

"I do want to manage expectations — clean-up doesn’t happen overnight," said Capt. Jennifer Williams of the Coast Guard, who is heading the response. "These types of things continue on perhaps even for months."

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10 CALIFORNIA OIL SPILLS BIGGER THAN THE REFUGIO OIL SPILL

Read an article on the above Refugio California spill. Ed

2 WORKERS KILLED WHEN BACKYARD FUEL TANK EXPLODES IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY (New York State)

May 7, 2015 Hastings-On-Hudson NY State USA

Two workers were killed on Thursday when a fuel tank exploded at a home in Westchester County, the authorities said. Around 11:30 a.m., two laborers were removing an old tank from the backyard of a home in Hastings-on-Hudson when the tank exploded, the mayor of the village, Peter Swiderski, said.

"It blew the tank 75 feet, and the two individuals were pronounced dead on the scene," Mayor Swiderski said.

While the authorities have described the source as an oil tank, an investigation into the explosion was continuing on Thursday night, focused in part on whether the tank in fact held oil or gas, said Sgt. John DeBlasio of the Hastings-on-Hudson police. The local authorities and industry experts said the size of the explosion was more consistent with a gas tank.

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OVERTURNED TANKER SPILLS 9,000 GALLONS OF FUEL ON I-75/I-375 CONNECTOR, CAUSES MASSIVE FIRE DOWNTOWN (Michigan)

Smoke from tanker fire in Detroit

Smoke from tanker fire in Detroit

Tanker burns in Detroit

Tanker burns in Detroit

May 24, 2015 Detroit Michigan USA

An overturned tanker spilled gasoline on a downtown Detroit freeway causing a massive fire Sunday morning.

According to the Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw, approximately 9,000 gallons of gasoline were spilled on the freeway shortly before 9 a.m.  Marathon Oil was called to the scene to use foam to extinguish the flames.

The driver was able to escape the truck without injury, Lt. Shaw said.

A spokesperson for Nour Light Petroleum told FOX 2's Robin Murdoch that it was their truck that overturned this morning.  The driver, Kai Moore of Detroit, has only been with the company for eight months.

Moore was about 15 minutes into his route from Dearborn to Pontiac, when his truck overturned this morning.

The fire was earlier declared a level 2 hazmat situation.

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