Disasters

"Safety Regulations Issued for Trains Carrying Oil"

"Responding to public pressure to act more quickly after a series of fiery train derailments involving oil shipments, the Transportation Department on Friday issued a series of emergency orders, including a 40-mile-an-hour speed limit for hazardous materials moving through urban areas."

Source: NY Times, 04/20/2015

"Secrecy Shrouds Decade-Old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico"

"OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico."

Source: AP, 04/17/2015

5 Years After Gulf Oil Spill, We Are Closer Than Ever To Catastrophe

"In the five years since the Deepwater Horizon accident, the oil and gas industry has not retreated to safety. Instead, it has expanded its technological horizon in ways that make it harder to foresee the complex interactions between drilling technologies, inevitable human errors and the ultra-deepwater environment."

Source: Guardian, 04/17/2015

"Funding for Promising Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program Slashed"

"NOAA has slashed by more than two-thirds the budget for a National Weather Service program that has led to groundbreaking improvements in hurricane forecasts and that is on the brink of more.  James Franklin, a manager at the National Hurricane Center, made this revelation in a presentation at the National Hurricane Conference in Austin, Texas last week."

Source: Wash Post, 04/09/2015

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