A tanker train carrying crude oil caught fire and exploded after derailing in western Alabama early Friday, sending flames and black smoke into the air and temporarily forcing one family to leave their home.
In their report on the fatal explosion of a Black Elk platform last year, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard said that workers who were “worried about losing their jobs if they raised safety concerns” did not call a halt to work “despite apparent anomalies.”
Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s only crude unit at its refinery in Lemont, Illinois, is listing and initial assessments indicate it may have sustained extensive damage in a fire Oct. 23, said two people familiar with plant operations.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration on Thursday designated Pocahontas Coal Co.’s Affinity Mine in Raleigh County, where two men died within two weeks of each other in February, as a pattern violator, meaning it repeatedly broke federal health and safety regulations.
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