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Libya army commander threatens to target oil tankers

Libyan national oil company chief Mustafa Sanalla reacts during an interview in London, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The head of Libya’s state oil corporation is appealing for political factions to forge a unity government, saying that without a single government there will be “neither security nor stability. Mustafa Sanalla believes that the country will become a failed state without action soon.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s chief of staff on Tuesday threatened to target foreign oil tankers if they entered territorial waters, after a controversial deal was struck between the United Nations envoy and a militia commander in control of the oil terminals. The agreement between U.N. Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler and militia leader Ibrahim Jedran, has been widely criticized ...

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Canada to ban rail cars involved in fiery crash

MONTREAL (AP) — Canada’s transport minister says the rail car model involved in a fiery crash that killed 47 people in Quebec three years ago will no longer be allowed to transport oil in Canada as of Nov. 1. Marc Garneau said Monday that older tankers, called DOT-111 cars, and a version jacketed with an extra layer of metal to ...

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Torque wrench safety

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“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Trial set for man accused of stealing oil patch explosives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his Williston home is scheduled to stand trial this fall on five charges that could land him in federal prison for 50 years. Attorneys for Tyler Porter earlier this month entered not guilty pleas on his behalf, and U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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Gas company: Gas mains didn’t cause explosion in Ohio

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Gas company officials say their natural gas mains and service lines didn’t cause an explosion at a Reynoldsburg apartment complex. Columbia Gas of Ohio says in a statement Friday that it did a thorough investigation of the complex and determined the gas main and service lines serving it are safe. Thursday night’s blast destroyed a maintenance ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

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CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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Tornado warning forces 3 world leaders into school basement

Bush Clinton Blair tornado

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three former world leaders were forced to take shelter in the lower level of an Arkansas high school after tornado sirens blared during a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair were attending the ceremony at Little Rock’s Central ...

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Where’s the value in contractor vetting?

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ISNetworld, BROWZ, First Verify, PICS, and other third party vetting providers serve to ensure that your health and safety programs and practices meet client requirements.  To put it another way, if you want a client’s business, you’d better have what the client is looking for.  The formal vetting of contractors to pre-qualify them for work has been around for a ...

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Pumping on hold as fire burns at New Mexico oil facility

NAGEEZI, N.M. (AP) — All pumping remains on hold at an oil production site in northwestern New Mexico after a fire was sparked earlier this week. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy says the fire started Monday when 36 temporary storage tanks caught fire. Four tanks were still burning Thursday, and the flames were being allowed to burn out. WPX says it ...

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About 840 gallons of oil, water mix winds up in Sully Creek

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says about 840 gallons of an oil and water mixture spilled off a well pad in Billings County and into Sully Creek. The spill happened Monday at a site about four miles west of Fryburg. The well is operated by Hess Bakken Investments II. The company estimates that 8,400 gallons ...

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