Monday, October 31, 2011

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases Study on Oil and Gas Facility Explosions

Posted by Roberts Law Group, PLLC at 3:05 PM 0 comments
Last week, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) published a new study regarding explosions at oil and gas production facilities across the country. The report identified 26 incidents since 1983 that killed 44 members of the public and injured 25 others under the age of 25. It is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency and state regulatory agencies to require improvements in the safety and security measures in place at these sites.

The CSB found that children and young adults in rural areas often visit these sites to socialize, and are unaware of the explosion hazards from storage tanks that contain flammable materials like crude oil and natural gas condensate. When an ignition source such as a match, lighter, or cigarette is introduced it can trigger an internal tank explosion under certain conditions, launching the tank into the air and killing or injuring people nearby.

The report recommends requiring inherently safer tank designs that would reduce the likelihood of an internal explosion when an ignition source is introduced nearby. It also recommends requiring several physical security improvements at these locations such as warning signs, fencing, locked gates, and locks on tank hatches.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ammonium Nitrate Public Meetings Notice

Posted by Roberts Law Group, PLLC at 2:32 PM 0 comments

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a series of public meetings to consult with the public regarding its recently published Ammonium Nitrate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). DHS is seeking input on the issues raised in the NPRM and in this notice. Each meeting is open to the public and is expected to last approximately four hours.

A transcript of each of these public meetings will be provided in the electronic docket for the Ammonium Nitrate Security Program rulemaking (docket number DHS–2008–0076) available at http://www.regulations.gov.