- Information sheet for training courses in Melbourne on Oct 26 to Oct 30, 2015
- Minutes of the CROIERG Committee Meeting held on August 10, 2015 now available for members
- CROIERG Year 2015 Annual General Meeting Date set for November 17th, 2015 in Yass NSW
- Bulk Tanker Training Courses
- NBTA Bulk Tanker Day to be held on September 30th in Melbourne at Sandown Racecourse
- First Class Emergency Response Charts Available
- Highway 10 crash near Granby killed Montreal family of four (Canada)
- Lighting blamed for fuel tank explosion at Ohio gas station (Ohio)
- Motorist running red light killed, crushed in wreckage (California)
- Scientists turn oily soil into fertile ground (Texas)
- Propane tank fire shuts motorway creating chaos for commuters (UK)
- Jet fuel tanker fire on M25 near Clackett Lane (UK)
- NB I-75 to be closed until Monday after tanker crash (Michigan)
- Millions of gallons of waste turn Colorado River yellow (Colorado)
- Driver identified in deadly Atkinson Co. semi-wreck (Georgia)
- Overturned fuel tanker clean-up shuts down Route 287 ramp (New Jersey)
- Tanker company sues B.C. Government over Lemon Creek jet fuel mishap (Canada)
- Tanker crash shuts down southbound I-25 and sparks brush fire (Colorado)
- Tanker drivers survive Durban highway blaze (South Africa)
An Information Sheet on the Bulk Tanker Emergency Response Training Courses to be conducted by the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Melbourne can be viewed by going to the following linkMelbourne 5-Day Courses
CROIERG Members can view the minutes of the CROIERG Committee Meeting held on August 10, 2015 by going to the Members' Area of this website.
Access via the CROIERG Business tab in the L/H Menu
The CROIERG Year 2015 Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held at the Yass Soldiers Club, 86 Meehan Street Yass NSW on Tuesday November 17th 2015 starting at 10.30AM.
Formal AGM Notices will be distributed to the membership closer to the date
The large scale Bulk Tanker Emergency Exercise conducted at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Canberra in January by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) was especially filmed for ongoing emergency response training purposes by the various emergency services and industry
The result a really first class production!
This video with a 20 minute time-frame is scheduled for national distribution within the emergency services organisations.
The video displays a strong emphasis on the importance of the "Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card"
There will also be an industry launch
For more information on the CROIERG Training Courses go to the following link.Training courses
Special Emphasis on Improving Safety, Productivity & Compliance
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
SANDOWN RACECOURSE, MELBOURNE
To view details please go to the following link:
These response charts are the best available
You simply won’t find any better!
The CROIERG First Class Emergency Response Chart "A DISCIPLINED APPROACH TO EMEGENCY RESPONSE" is again available for members purchase
These charts are from the world class response information made available to CROIERG by our Canadian cousins and we are very grateful for this inter country industry co-operation
The charts are 600mm x 385mm and provide a very effective guide in how to manager an incident such as a tanker rollover in a co-ordinated manner
With each chart purchased we will also make available the publication A Disciplined Approach to Emergency Response and a Power Point Presentation on using the charts
They are available in:
- ALUPANEL for $69.00 (inc GST & Delivery) or:
- CORFLUTE FOR $49.00 (inc GST & Delivery)
For more information or to place an order please contact the CROIERG Secretary:
Phone 0428 627 777
Postal CROIERG PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582
ER Chart Order Form [pdf]
Provincial police say car involved in crash with fuel tanker was incinerated
August 2, 2015 Quebec Canada
Tanker with car wedged under tanker Granby Canada
Quebec provincial police say that a crash involving a vehicle and a fuel-carrying tanker truck killed a family of four on a road near Granby.
Two adults and two children with extremely severe burns were found inside the vehicle. The incident happened on Highway 10 on Friday night.
A vehicle somehow got wedged under the tanker truck, causing a fire that lasted approximately two hours.
The Sûreté du Québec has confirmed that the family was from Montreal and that the people inside the vehicle were two parents and two children
August 4, 2015 Fairfield Ohio USA
Forty foot crater after lighting strike
Investigators say lightning has sparked a fuel tank explosion that left a crater 40 feet wide at an Ohio gas station.
The blast and fire Monday evening prompted a temporary evacuation near the Gas Depot in Fairfield, about 15 miles north of Cincinnati. People nearby described seeing a flash of lightning and then a fireball higher than the trees.
The explosion occurred in one of three underground tanks at the property. WLWT-TV reports two customers were at the station, but no injuries were reported.
Lingering vapours and the possibility that they could ignite caused concern. WCPO-TV reports that workers were expected Tuesday to assess the environmental effects and start clean=up work. Authorities indicated the remaining tanks might be dug up to determine whether they are compromised.
July 20 2015 Los Angeles California USA
Car and tanker in Los Angeles
A motorist, possibly a man, was killed Sunday when he drove his car through a red light in South Los Angeles, rear-ended a tanker truck and was crushed in the wreckage.
The victim’s body was so badly mangled that authorities could say only that it appeared to be that of a man because of the type of clothing worn.
Police were dispatched to the crash at El Segundo Boulevard and South Figueroa Street at 2:47 a.m., according to a sergeant at the Los Angeles Police Department‘s South Traffic Division.
The motorist, driving a compact gray vehicle, was going northbound on Figueroa Street when he drove through the red light and rear ended the tanker truck that was going eastbound on El Segundo Boulevard, she said.
That impact caused the tanker truck to strike another vehicle that was also going eastbound on El Segundo Boulevard.
The driver of the grey compact was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
Rice University discovery uses less energy while reclaiming soil at oil spills
This article from the International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) Newsletter. CROIERG are an associate member of the ISCO
What a real winner if this becomes a commercial reality. EdAugust 20, 2015 Houston Texas USA
Rice University scientists are cleaning soil contaminated by oil spills in a way that saves energy and reclaims the soil’s fertility.They use a process known as pyrolysis, which involves heating contaminated soils in the absence of oxygen. This approach is much better for the environment than standard incineration techniques for fast remediation, said Rice environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez.
"Our original goal was to speed the response to oil spills, but our aspiration was to turn contaminated soil into fertile soil," said Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Rice’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.The new paper by Alvarez and his Rice colleagues in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology demonstrates how they’ve done just that.
Off-shore oil spills tend to get the most attention, Alvarez said, but 98 percent of spills – more than 25,000 per year — occur on land.Industry and governments worldwide spend more than $10 billion annually to clean up oil spills.
The Rice team found that pyrolyzing contaminated soil for three hours not only reduced the amount of petroleum hydrocarbons left to well below regulatory standards (typically less than 0.1 percent by weight), but also enhanced the soil’s fertility by turning the remaining carbon into beneficial char."We initially thought we could turn the hydrocarbons into biochar," Alvarez said. "We turned out to be partly wrong: We didn’t get biochar, but [we got] a carbonaceous material that we call char and resembles coke.
"But we were correct in thinking that by removing toxic pollutants and the hydrophobicity that repels water that plants need, and by retaining some of the carbon and perhaps some of the nutrients, we would enhance plant growth," he said.
August 10, 2015 Manchester UK
Propane tanker on fire near Manchester UK
A tanker carrying propane gas has caught fire shutting the M56 motorway near Manchester, UK.
The blaze is causing misery for thousands of people travelling on the road, train and by air.
Firefighters are tackling the lorry fire which started just before 3pm between junctions 12 and 14.Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were dealing with the blaze on the westbound carriageway.
The road has now been closed in both directions and drivers are urged to completely avoid the area.
Drivers already on that section of the road are being evacuated from their vehicles.
According to reports trains have been stopped on the lines between Manchester to Chester, and Ellesmere Port to Helsby. Air traffic control have also been notified of the incident.
Source Irish Daily Star
August 8, 2915, Surrey UK
A tanker carrying 40,000 litres of jet fuel went up in flames this afternoon on the hard shoulder of the M25.
The lorry, came to a stop near the Clacket Lane services at Westerham with the driver escaping from the vehicle before it erupted in flames.
Fire crews raced to the scene heading away from the M26 by the A21 turn off and were able to get the blaze under control by 4pm.
Surrey Police dealt with the incident and closed a large section of the motorway.
August 20, 2015 Lincoln Park, Michigan USA
Tanker fire in Michigan
Burnt out remains of tanker in Michigan
Downriver commuters and weekend travellers coming into Detroit will have to find alternative routes until early Monday following a spectacular tanker truck explosion before dawn Thursday that critically injured the driver and severely damaged a mile-long portion of northbound Interstate 75.
Michigan Department of Transportation officials estimate that 55,000 daily commuters would be affected, as road workers rush to rebuild a 110-foot portion of roadway, between Southfield Road and Outer Drive that was burned by the 8,000 gallons of gas that seared the concrete nearly 3 inches deep.
The unidentified 53-year-old truck driver for Corrigan Oil Co. remained in critical condition Thursday night with severe burns. His tanker crashed southbound after the Outer Drive Bridge. The tanker hopped the median. Michigan State Police are investigating.
August 10, 2015 Colorado USA
A yellow river in Colorado
A toxic leak of wastewater that has turned a Colorado River mustard yellow is three times larger than US officials had originally estimated.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now says that three million gallons of wastewater spilled from an abandoned mine last week.
The EPA does not believe wildlife is in significant danger because the sludge moved so quickly downstream.
Local authorities took steps to protect drinking water supplies and farms.
The spill began on 5 August when EPA workers, who were cleaning up the closed Gold King Mine, accidentally sent the toxic water flowing into a tributary of the Animas River.
The Animas River has been closed and local officials have advised people to stay out of the water.
The EPA is meeting with Colorado residents this week and testing local wells for contamination. More than 1,000 wells may have been contaminated.
"We're going to continue to work until this is cleaned up and hold ourselves to the same standards that we would anyone that would have created this situation." Shaun McGrath, an EPA official, told residents at one of the community meetings, according the New York Times.
Some residents derided the agency, calling it the "Environmental Pollution Agency".
The EPA is still investigating the health effects of the leak, which included heavy metals including lead and arsenic.
August 15, 2015Willacoochee, Georgia USA
Tanker rollover in Georgia
Traffic was snarled Friday morning near Willacoochee, after a semi-truck hauling gas crashed on Highway 82 around 6:00AM, killing the driver.
GSP says 47-year old Timothy Teemer of Albany was killed in the accident.
The wreck happened near Mile Post 5 in the eastbound lane of the highway.
The tanker, carrying 7,500 gallons of fuel, ran into the back of a pick-up truck, driven by 73-year old James Gaskins of Willacoochee, who was not injured.
Crews came in to remove the truck, which overturned in a ditch. Hazmat crews responded, but no diesel fuel spilled.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
August 16, 2015 Hanover New Jersey USA
Tanker wreckage in New Jersey
A ramp onto Route 287 in Morris County is expected to be closed for the next several hours Sunday to allow for crews to clean up the aftermath of a fuel tanker accident.
Around 9 a.m. Sunday, the truck's driver failed to negotiate the curve on the entrance ramp from Route 24 to Route 287 south, overturned the truck and spilled fuel on the roadway, New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said.
The trucker, who escaped before first responders arrived, was taken to Morristown Medical Center with minor injuries, the sergeant said. "Mainly, bumps and bruises," Williams said of the man's injuries.
In addition to the Exit 37 westbound ramp closure, Route 287's two right southbound lanes near the exit are also shut, the state Department of Transportation said.
July 11, 2015 Vancouver BC Canada
A company whose fuel tanker truck overturned and spilled thousands of litres of jet fuel into a fish-bearing stream in the Slocan Valley during a forest-firefighting operation two years ago is suing the B.C. government for damages.
The lawsuit filed by Executive Flight Centre Fuel Services and naming three government ministries as defendants is the latest in a series of legal skirmishes arising from the July 2013 spill into Lemon Creek.
The company, which was hired by the government to supply fuel to helicopters fighting fires in the area, alleges the government failed to properly maintain a forest service road where the incident happened.
"The Lemon Creek Road had become dangerous," says the lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court. "The province had failed to properly maintain, manage or monitor it. As a result of flooding and/or erosion by Lemon Creek, the bank of the creek on which the road stood had been undercut making the road unsafe for travel."
Neither the government nor Transwest Helicopters, the company providing the helicopters, placed proper signage on the road or on the proper access road and as a result, the driver took the wrong route — up the Lemon Creek forest service road — to the helicopter staging area, says the suit.
"While driving carefully on Lemon Creek Road, suddenly and without warning, the road beneath the fuel tanker gave way. This caused the fuel tanker to topple into Lemon Creek. The shell of the fuel tanker ruptured. In a short time, most of the fuel in the fuel tanker escaped into Lemon Creek."
August 26, 2015 Monument, Colorado USA
Damaged tanker in Colorado
Traffic was snarled Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 25 between Monument and Larkspur after a tanker crash set a vehicle and nearby brush on fire, the Colorado State Patrol said.
The CSP originally tweeted at 12:27 p.m. that the tanker had rolled over and a fire shut down I-25 in both directions between Monument and Larkspur. A follow-up tweet said the tanker had not rolled over, but looked to have experienced a mechanical failure.
All vehicles within radius of the crash were cleared off of I-25 with hazardous materials crews en route.
The tanker was carrying jet fuel, according to the CSP. A fire caused a small smoke plume to be visible from the surrounding area.
Around 12:55 p.m., the CSP said the tanker fire had been extinguished and the tanker portion had been melted in half. The CSP reported a brush fire just west of I-25 near the accident continued to burn.
August 6, 2015 Durban South Africa
Paramedics have confirmed the drivers of the diesel and petrol tanker which collided at the Sarnia road overhead bridge on the N2 in Durban earlier on Tuesday morning survived the incident.
"According to a report from one of the drivers, one truck was parked in the breakdown lane when another truck rear-ended it, the driver then veered across the road and collided with the Armco barriers between the north and southbound lanes," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.
The fuel from the trucks spread across the road after the collision, which happened at around 04:00. "Fortunately, both drivers managed to escape from the trucks with no injuries," said Botha.
He said firemen battled the blaze and managed to extinguish it just after 05:00.
Eyewitness Peter Avis who spoke to News24 while the fire was still ablaze, described the flames as being massive.
"The flames were so high that they are covering the bridge, which is approximately 150 metres high," Avis said.
"A train which was coming along the bridge had to brake for fear of catching alight," he said. The highway remained closed to traffic.