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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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Benalla Vict 22 Spill Response
Brisbane Qld 25 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 2 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 3 Spill Response Pumping Unit
Canberra ACT 4 Spill Response Skimmer Unit
Canberra ACT 5 Training Cutaway Unit Unit
Canberra ACT 6 Training Rollover Unit
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Canberra ACT 30 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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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 Vict 24 Spill Response
Mildura Vict 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
Rockhampton Qld 28 Spill Response
Rockhampton Qld 33 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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Shepparton Vict 15 Spill Response
Sydney West NSW
Wetherill Park
32 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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Wauchope NSW 21 Spill Response
Wodonga Vict 9 Spill Response
Yass NSW 23 Spill Response

 

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March 2015

CROIERG COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN YASS NSW ON FEBRUARY 9, 2015

The CROIERG Committee met at the Yass Soldiers Club Yass NSW on Monday February 9th, 2015’The minutes of this meeting are available for perusal by members' in the Member’s Area of this website in the CROIERG Business section (L/H Menu)

ROAD TANKER SELF LOADING

Tanker rollover

Tanker rollover

What’s the fuss about?


Following specific incidents in recent years a lot of questions were raised about the legality of road tankers used in product recovery work self-loading product? Can you legally do it or you can’t? was the general basic being asked?

There was much mention of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.
ADG6 edition and also the present ADG7 (now 7.3) edition.
The latest edition appears to legalise what was previously prohibited in ADG6
Lots of discussions (Lots and Lots). Even social media got in the act!


To explain, ADG6 states:
10.3.2(2)
Unless the transfer is a transfer from the vehicle which involves the use of a pump or compressor driven by the vehicle’s engine, the engine of the vehicle must remain stopped throughout the transfer operation Note the highlighted section "FROM THE VEHICLE"
Obviously meaning that a pump or compressor driven by the vehicle’s engine, cannot be used to make a transfer into the vehicle. I.e. Self-Loading
Clear as a bell.
No self-loading!


Then we go to ADG7
10.2.2.2 Engine precautions
10.2.2.2.1 During transfer of dangerous goods of Class, Division or Subsidiary Risk 2.1, 3 or 4 into or out of a road vehicle, the engine of the vehicle must remain stopped unless the transfer involves the use of a pump or compressor driven by the vehicle’s engine. This does not prevent the minimal necessary use of the engine to clear the contents of hoses back into the tank following the transfer. This contradicts ADG6

ADG6 says you can’t

ADG7 says you can

No wonder there were lots discussions?

CROIERG took part in these various activities on behalf of the membership and are modestly pleased to say that we received a satisfactory answers from the regulators

TO QUOTE:
It appears that there is now agreement to rectify the issues with Tanker self- loading as follows:
That Tanker self-loading ADGC6 allowed a vehicle’s engine to run during the transfer if it was driving a pump or compressor and the transfer was from the vehicle. In ADG7 this was changed to allow for the engine to run during transfer into and out of the vehicle. Jurisdictions noted this change unintentionally allowed for unsafe practice.
It is likely the change was made to allow for approved vacuum tankers however has broader unintended application
Agreed to reinstate ADGC6 wording, with separate allowance made for vacuum tankers that meet approved guidelines When will this change to the code take place
?

This is a quote from the regulator:
"NTC has undertaken to rewrite this to restore the ADG wording, but to still permit the use of vacuum tankers approved for flammable liquids"
"This will take some time however and probably not appear until the next update of the Code, which is likely to be sometime in 2015"
"In the meantime I’m happy to support the position that the wording of ADG7 is incorrect and will be changed" So after all that the position is now clear and self-loading of road tankers should not be carried out.
The recommendation is for a diaphragm pump to be used
Or if a diaphragm pump is not available use a pumping tanker to deliver product from the disabled tanker to a receiving tanker
The old three tanker scenario:

Disabled tanker

Pumping tanker

Receiving tanker

Q. What was all the fuss about anyway?
A. - Because a tanker self-loading is obviously very DANGEROUS!
Q. Why?
A. The self-loading tanker has its engine running. A very real source of ignition. It has a hot exhaust, it has electrics working and a high possibility of vapour being present. A potentially dangerous scenario!

CONSULTATION WITH THE EMERGENCY SERVICES
Consultation with the attending emergency services is absolutely essential before deciding on a pumping method. Especially the Fire Brigade!

Also in this scenario high priority must be given to two more contingencies

SWITCH LOADING; and

SPLASH FILLING

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Splash filling

Switch filling

Switch loading

More information on these two important items are available on the CROIERG website in the Members' Area
Go to "
Recommended Procedures. Road Tanker Incidents"

CROIERG TRAINING COURSES

FIRST CLASS VIDEO ON THE CROIERG TRAINING COURSES

Australasian Transport News ATN Magazine has produced a first class video on the CROIERG Training Courses with a link provided in the magazine. We appreciate the high exposure ATN magazine have provided in bringing the CROIERG/TISC training courses to the attention of the Australian Transport Industry

Read the article.

This link is also on this website (L/H Menu). Go to "Rollover Training Video"
And also on this website you can view the first class TISC "Emergency Responder Training Video" also in the L/H Menu

Hole Cutting

Hole Cutting

Working out the procedures

Working out the procedures

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) has put in place an "EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST LIST" for the training courses. See below for contact details and information COURSE DATES

Training Courses will be conducted in 2015 on the following dates:

June 15th - 19th
     

5-Day Responder/Manager’s Course

October 19th to 23rd

5-Day Responder/Manager’s Course

November 30th to December 4th

5-Day Responder/Manager’s Course

ALL TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE TO

Paul Harrison Executive Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) 441 Sutton Road, Canberra ACT 
TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620
(02) 6297 7187  Mobile 0407 223 125
Email  pharrison@suttonroad.com.au

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE CROIERG TRAINING COURSES AT TISC

Paul Harrison Manager Training at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) presented a first class PowerPoint presentation on the courses recently
All the information required on the training courses is in this presentation: AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE DG TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

Paul

Paul Harrison speaking at the Bulk Tanker Day in Melbourne

 

The title is:

AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE DG TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

 

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

The TISC Training Complex is located at:

441 Sutton Road. Majura (Canberra) ACT (Just outside Queanbeyan NSW)

  • RESPONDERS COURSE (3 Days) - "Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations".
  • 5-DAY COURSE RESPONDERS & MANAGERS COMBINED ‘Course in Emergency Response Management"

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

TRAINING COURSE COSTS

Responders
Course

$2,318 including GST and $110 for Responder Card Fee

Combined Manager & Responder Course/s (5-Day)

$4,118 including GST and $110 for Responder Card Fee

Member Alert: DG Emergency Responder and Response Management Training!
The cut off period for enrolments for March 11 Course has passed. No more enrolments will be taken for the March responder course. However there are still some vacancies for the courses listed below.
(First 3 days for responder only or full 5 days for responder/managers)

Please note enrolments for the courses below will cease to be accepted 4 weeks prior to the course commencement date so please confirm your enrolment ASAP
On June 15 – 19. Oct 19 – 23. Nov 30 – 4 Dec. 2015
TISC will be running a 5 Day DG Emergency Responder/Manager course . The course is in two parts and provides for 2 nationally recognised qualifications. For the first 3 days, managers will undertake the same practical hands on training as company incident responders. This will provide them with a sound basis for emergency response and on successful completion also provide them with the nationally recognised responder’s qualification and an opportunity to apply for the industry emergency response card.
Armed with skills and knowledge from the responders course, the last two days of the course, managers will learn about the design, development and implementation of a company Transport Emergency Response Plan (TERP) and design, run and evaluate a simulated emergency response exercise (a legal requirement for DG Transport companies).
This part of the course will provide managers with the skills and knowledge to be confident about their companies’ ability to meet their dangerous goods legal obligations and their preparedness to respond effectively to emergencies. Managers will complete all assessment activities here at TISC including exercising their TERP’s

A qualification in emergency response management is also provided on successful completion.
Note* to apply for the "Responder Card" participants must have at least one manager in their company who holds the response management qualification.
 Places are very limited for these courses so be quick!

For enrolment on any of the courses described above, please contact our office on (02) 6297 7187 or office@srdtc.com

 If you need any further information about the courses listed above or TISC can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me on the number below.

 Kindest Regards
Paul Harrison. Program Director

(02 6297 7187)
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office@suttonroad.com.au
W -  www.suttonroad.com.au

WANT TO KNOW ALL ABOUT BLEVE’S

(Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosions)
Well have a look at this first class video presentation from Transport Canada
BLEVE

Read more about Response & Prevention.

OIL TANKER DERAILS IN WEST VIRGINIA, TRIGGERING EVACUATIONS (West Virginia)

At least one tanker falls into Kanawha River, Governor declares state of emergency

Rail Cars burn in West Virginia. Feb 17 2015

Rail Cars burn in West Virginia. Feb 17 2015

Rail cars in the snow

Rail cars in the snow

Aerial view of the West Virginia derailment

Aerial view of the West Virginia derailment

February 16, 2015 West Virginia USA

A train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into a fireball in rural West Virginia on Monday, forcing residents to evacuate and sending oil leaking into a river.

At least one tanker car, and possibly more, fell into the Kanawha River, some 30 miles from the state capital of Charleston. That prompted concerns about potential contamination of water-treatment facilities that serve two small downstream communities, according to Lawrence Messina, a spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

At least 14 tankers caught fire, according to Jennifer Sayre, Kanawha County manager.
Lt. Michael Baylous, a spokesman for the state police, said residents within a half mile of the scene, in Mount Carbon, were told to evacuate until further notice. A shelter had been set up at a nearby elementary school. He said the train caught fire before destroying a nearby home.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency in Fayette County and neighbouring Kanawha County Monday evening, saying he was doing so to ensure that a
state of emergency in Fayette County and neighbouring Kanawha County Monday evening, saying he was doing so to ensure that affected residents had access to any resources they might need.

Gary Sease, a spokesman for CSX Corp. which operated the train, said one person was being treated for "potential inhalation" but that no other injuries were reported. He said the company was working with the Red Cross and other relief organizations to address the needs of residents who had been evacuated, including providing shelter amid unusually cold temperatures.

The train consisted of two locomotives and 109 rail cars and was traveling to Yorktown, Va., from North Dakota, Mr. Sease said. He said the company was working to help put out the fire, determine how many cars had derailed and deploy environmental monitoring, including in the river.

Read more or view a video.

OIL ON RAIL EMERGENCIES. ARE THEY BECOMING HIGH PROBABILITY EVENTS (USA)

Damaged Rail Car

Damaged Rail Car

More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the Federal Government began collecting data on such spills. The U.S federal data does not include incidents in Canada where oil spilled from trains. Canadian authorities estimate that more than 1.5 million gallons of crude oil spilled last year

THE RISKS
In the past, oil on rail emergency incidents were considered a low probability-high consequence risk for the rail industry, since the majority of crude was transported through the pipeline system. Now that production has increased, more crude oil is being transported by rail in cargo tank trucks. This has led to the re-categorization of oil on rail emergency incidents, which have now become a higher probability-high consequence event.

HOT TOPIC
With this increase of crude oil shipped by rail throughout the U.S and Canada, oil train safety is a hot topic among emergency managers and first responders, particularly in the event that one of those trains should crash. Emergency responders need to ensure they're staying up to date with these trends, through their qualifications and training.

PLANNING
Pre-incident planning of crude oil movement will provide a mechanism for making effective and informed decisions in advance of an emergency. It allows responders to gather valuable information prior to an emergency. Periodic review will provide timely and accurate information that can be useful during a hazardous materials emergency while responding. Pre-planning provides a tool for response agencies to begin the collaborative process of emergency planning.

TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
Read more on this very interesting subject.

AND SOME MORE ON RAIL CARS!

FEDS PREDICT FIERY DERAILMENTS COULD KILL HUNDREDS (USA)

February 22, 2015 Billings Montana USA

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.

The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities. The study completed last July took on new relevance this week after a train loaded with crude derailed in West Virginia, sparked a spectacular fire and forced the evacuation of hundreds of families.

Monday’s accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments, and senior federal officials said it drives home the need for stronger tank cars, more effective braking systems and other safety improvements.

"This underscores why we need to move as quickly as possible getting these regulations in place," said Tim Butters, acting administrator for the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The volume of flammable liquids transported by rail has risen dramatically over the last decade, driven mostly by the oil shale boom in North Dakota and Montana.

This year, rails are expected to move nearly 900,000 car loads of oil and ethanol in tankers. Each can hold 30,000 gallons of fuel.

Source nypost.com/2015/02/22/feds-predict-10-fuel-trains-could-derail-per-year/

Editor’s Note:
Being from the rail tank car times in Oz Land it is worth noting the difference in the sheer size of the rail cars in use in the United States to what we had in Oz
We had two sizes mainly 10,000 gallons or 45,000 litres and the latest and greatest were 15,000 gallons or 70,000 litres.
The 30,000 gallon cars used in the USA are close to the 140,000 litre mark or double what we were working with.
Work it out: 900,000 rail car loads at 140,000 litres each. Too many zeros for me!

BRUCE HWY REOPENS AFTER TRUCK BELIEVED TO BE CARRYING HYDROCHLORIC ACID RUNS OFF ROAD AT BEERWAH (QLD)

Truck carrying chemicals on fire on the Bruce Highway

Truck carrying chemicals on fire on the Bruce Highway

February 3, 2015 Brisbane Queensland

The southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway at Beerwah have reopened almost three hours after a truck believed to be carrying a highly corrosive acid ran off the road.

Emergency services were called to the highway near Roys Road at Bells Creek about 7:15am to reports of the truck losing its load.

It has come to a rest on its side just off the road. The driver suffered minor injuries.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said it was believed the truck was carrying hydrochloric acid.

Source abc.net.au/news/2015-02-03/chemical-truck-crash-closes-bruce-highway-for-five-hours/6065278

TANKER TRUCK BURSTS INTO FLAMES ON HIGHWAY IN PENNSAUKEN (New Jersey)

Tanker burns in New Jersey

Tanker burns in New Jersey

Burnt out tanker

Burnt out tanker

February 23, 2015 Pennsauken, New Jersey USA

A tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel overturned and burst into flames near the Betsy Ross Bridge Monday morning in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

The accident happened around 11:00 a.m. on the northbound ramp from Route 90 to Route 130
Neighbours heard explosions.

Greg Wicker tells us, "Well it was a heck of a way to wake up, I'll tell you what. So I am in that building right there and I hear explosions... five or six explosions."

The tanker was owned by TK Transport of Pennsauken. 

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles but it was the residents on and around Wyndam Road who were breathing in the toxic fumes

30 homes were evacuated. Firefighters worked to contain the roadside inferno

Read more and view a dramatic video.

1 KILLED AFTER 4 TRUCKS CRASH ON HIGHWAY 41 IN FRESNO COUNTY (California)

January 28, 2015 Fresno, California USA
One person has died and two people were injured after an accident involving two Foster Farms trucks, a fuel tanker, and a pickup truck.

The crash happened around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Crews rescued a 39-year-old driver who was trapped under one of the Foster Farms truck's tires. That driver was taken to Community Regional Medical Centre were he later died.

The California Highway Patrol said one of the Foster Farms trucks had pulled over for unknown reasons. The driver was outside the truck when the tanker truck hit the back of the poultry truck - and hit the driver who was dragged and pinned under the tire. A pickup truck and a second Foster Farms truck then collided with the tanker truck.

Read more and view a video.

TIGHTEN RULES ON TRANSPORT OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (Singapore)

Road tankers in Singapore

There are many safety questions that require clarification from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) regarding the rules on the transportation of oil in tanker trucks ("Oil spill in Orchard area causes massive traffic jams"; last Friday).

Hazardous materials pose a risk to health, safety, and property during transportation. Perhaps if there are strict regulations, incidents such as the recent oil spill that inconvenienced motorists and workers during the morning rush hour could be avoided.

Why was the tanker allowed to ply the Central Business District area after midnight? Are there any rules that prohibit tanker trucks from transporting oil along the major roads? Are the drivers of such vehicles issued with special licences or permits, and are the vehicles subject to inspection and testing by competent engineers?

Even if there are such rules in place, the SCDF should make it compulsory for such drivers to attend a course on handling flammable materials. What if a terrorist in disguise were to obtain the permit and use the tanker to cause a major disaster on the road? Are the drivers of such vehicles subject to security screening as well?

Read more.

GAS BLAST RIPS THROUGH MEXICO MATERNITY HOSPITAL, KILLING WOMAN AND CHILD (Mexico)

Mexico gas tanker blast

Mexico gas tanker blast

January 30, 2015 Mexico City Mexico

A gas tank truck has exploded outside a maternity hospital in Mexico City, killing at least two people and injuring dozens, officials say. Rescuers with dogs scoured the rubble of the maternity and children's hospital in the Cuajimalpa borough for people who were stuck following the huge blast.

Officials gave various death tolls during the day, at one point reporting that four babies were killed, but Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said only two people were confirmed dead.
"One is a minor and the other a woman," Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told a news conference, adding that 66 people were injured. The Red Cross said nine babies were taken to three hospitals in the capital.

Around three-quarters of the building collapsed after the blast, which took place at around 7:00am (local time) after workers were unable to control a pipe leak.

Mr Mancera told local radio the area was evacuated "for safety because a lot of the people are babies in the crib area". Adrian Rubalcava, the president of Cuajimalpa borough, said the newborn emergency care area was among those hit. He said 100 people were in the building at the time of the tragedy.

Source abc.net.au/news/2015-01-30/gas-blast-at-mexico-children-hospital/6056392

TANKER TRUCK BURNS FOLLOWING HEMINGWAY TWO-VEHICLE CRASH (South Carolina)

Burnt-out tanker in South Carolina

Burnt-out tanker in South Carolina

February 17, 2015 Hemingway South Carolina USA

Anthony Gregg Frady says he’s a lucky man. And he believes the woman he pulled from a car that collided with his tanker truck is lucky, too.

About 9:15 a.m. Tuesday the fuel tank on Frady’s tanker truck, carrying hundreds of gallons of spent cooking oil from Myrtle Beach restaurants, exploded.

Frady, who lives in Greer, pulled the driver from her vehicle just before the fire engulfed both vehicles in flames. He was hauling the cooking oil to a processing plant where it is turned into bio fuel, he said

Read more.

FIVE KILLED IN DIMMIT COUNTY COLLISION ACCIDENT (Texas)

January 16, 2015 Dimmit County Texas USA

Highway 83 in Dimmit County should be reopening any moment after a crash killed five people Thursday morning.

The incident happened one mile North of Asherton in Dimmit County, between FM 190 and FM 1557, due to a collision accident involving four vehicles - one tanker tractor trailer, two pickup trucks & one van.

Five fatalities have been reported. The estimated time of closure is approximately six hours. Detours are in effect, and motorists should expect delays.

TxDOT is urging the public to detour to FM 1557 to FM 190 East, and vice-versa.

Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and observe all advance warning signs, barricades, road markings and channelization devices in and around the accident location.

View a video.

FUEL SPILLING INTO WATERWAY FOLLOWING TANKER CRASH (NZ)

February 3, 2015 Waikato New Zealand

A tanker carrying thousands of litres of diesel and petrol has rolled on a rural Waikato road, spilling fuel into a nearby waterway.

Emergency services were called just before 7am after the truck carrying 13,000 litres of diesel and 800 litres of petrol crashed on Ruebe Rd north of Mercer.

Fire Service northern communications manager Jaron Phillips says firefighters worked to free the truck's driver. He escaped without injuries.

However, there are concerns about oil spilling from the truck into a tributary of the Whakapipi Stream, Mr Phillips says. Environment Waikato staff and multiple Fire Service teams are still at the scene working to contain the spill.

Source tvnz.co.nz/national-news/fuel-spilling-into-waterway-following-tanker-crash-6227362

HAZARDOUS WASTE A DANGER NOT ONLY TO OUR WATER BUT ALSO OUR WELLBEING (Northern Ireland)

Illegal fuel in a stream in Northern Ireland

Illegal fuel in a stream in Northern Ireland

February 10, 2015 Belfast Northern Ireland

It's a thick, black sludge that burns the skin when touched and is classed by the authorities as a hazardous waste.

And the vile-smelling by-product of fuel laundering not only destroys the environment - it poses a serious risk to human and animal health if it escapes into drinking water or rivers.

Criminals 'wash' the dyed reduced-duty diesel, either by filtering it though cat litter or using the more effective method of burning out the dye with highly corrosive sulphuric acid.

And if this viscous acid finds its way into a watercourse it will wipe out everything, from the tiny invertebrates the fish live on to the fish themselves.

Read more.

FUEL TANK OWNER WAITED A MONTH BEFORE REPORTING LEAK (Hawaii)

Honolulu Tank Farm

Honolulu Tank Farm

Older CROIERG member’s from the depot era will strike some memory cords in this report. Ed

February 6, 2015 Honolulu Hawaii USA

The massive fuel leak at Sand Island may have started a month before it was first reported.

A report by the EPA says that Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp. noticed a large loss of volume in its No. 2 tank back on Dec. 22, or nearly a month before it reported the leak.

And some say delay could have allowed the spill to spread further.

"Greater damage may have occurred because they sat on their thumbs doing absolutely nothing," said environmental activist Carroll Cox.
"The oil is still in the ground and the plume is migrating and moving about."

The EPA and state authorities say they're unable to act unless they're notified of a spill.
"Until a facility makes a report to the national response centre, the EPA, the Coast Guard and the state can't get mobilized to assist and respond to a spill," said Dean Higuchi, EPA spokesman.

Under federal law, the company is required to report any leak of 1,000 gallons or more. According to the state, a total of 42-thousand gallons has been spilled so far.

Back in December, the fuel gauges on tank No. 2 showed a loss of volume for six straight days, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

But the source said the company couldn't find the leak until it emptied the tank, which took several days.

Making matters worse, a concrete wall built around the storage facility that was supposed contain large leaks was unable to slow the spread of the spill.

Read more.

ETHANOL FROM DERAILED TRAIN LEAKING INTO MISSISSIPPI RIVER (Iowa)

Crews at Iowa rail car incident

Crews at Iowa rail car incident

February 5, 2015 Des Moines Iowa USA

Railroad officials said Thursday it's unclear how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River from a train that derailed a day earlier in eastern Iowa, but that they were working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train

The cars went off the tracks Wednesday morning in a remote area about 10 miles north of Dubuque. Canadian Pacific spokesman Jeremy Berry said 14 derailed cars were carrying ethanol, and eight of them appeared to be leaking.

"We have verified some ethanol has reached the water but we do not have an estimate of how much," said Cummings, who was at the scene Thursday morning.

Federal and state environmental agencies are working with the company to set up ethanol monitoring sites downriver.
Unlike oil, which floats on water, ethanol mixes with water and dilutes as it gets further from the spill site, which can deplete the oxygen in water in high concentrations and kill fish, said Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins.

Local authorities said three cars caught fire and three others plunged into the river. The fires had been extinguished by Thursday morning, and no injuries have been were reported. The 81-car train was heading east on CP tracks.

Read more.

SEMI HAULING GASOLINE ROLLS ON QEII HIGHWAY (Canada)

January 2015 Calgary Canada

A big clean-up was needed on the QEII Highway on Tuesday, after a tanker-trailer carrying fuel rolled into a ditch.

It happened around 4 a.m. near Cross Iron Drive, north of Calgary.
RCMP say the tanker-trailer was southbound when it collided with the centre median and rolled. No one was injured, but gasoline in the tanker began leaking.

 

The truck was carrying 40,000 litres of gasoline and diesel at the time. According to Grant Kaiser with Rockyview County, an estimated 25,000 litres of fuel spilled into the ditch and drained into nearby farmland.

Hazardous materials response teams worked to clean up the spill as Alberta Environment and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency monitored the impact on nearby wetlands.

Read more and view a video.

TANKER DRIVER CITED AFTER 12,000 GALLONS OF OIL SPILLS; 10 ACRES BURNED (Utah)

February 7, 2015 Heber Utah USA

State troopers shut down a portion of Highway 40 in Daniel’s Canyon Friday night. Around 9:45 p.m., an oil tanker carrying 12,000 gallons of crude oil crashed and the truck was burned beyond recognition.

"When we were arrived, the truck was fully engulfed and the flames were going up the hill," said Lt. Janet Carson from the Wasatch County Fire Department.

Wasatch County Fire Department worked on 10 acres of land burned by the fire. Crews were putting out hot spots throughout the day Saturday.

"They had the whole road shut down here, and it was a very intense fire," said Michael Eriksson, area manager for the Northeast Area Division of Forest Fire and State Lands.

Read more and view a video.

DRIVER ESCAPES DEATH AS TANKER CATCHES FIRE (Nigeria)

Burning tanker in Nigeria

Burning tanker in Nigeria

January 30, 2015 Kericho Nigeria

A petrol tanker driver escaped death narrowly in Chebiril, Kericho County after a tanker he was driving burst into flames.

The Thursday’s incident, along Kisumu-Kericho highway saw hundreds of acres of sugarcane set ablaze by the inferno.

The locals watched helplessly as raging fire, which spilt over to their farms, gutted down their sugarcane plantations.

Read more.

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