June 2006

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HPIn Europe: Lessons learned and forgotten

We've so far had a couple of progress reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the big bang at Buncefield, UK, in December. Its investigation continues, and soon we'll have a third. We..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We've so far had a couple of progress reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the big bang at Buncefield, UK, in December. Its investigation continues, and soon we'll have a third. We won't know at least until then the investigating team's view as to why there was a massive leak of liquid hydrocarbons at the site. From the first progress report we know of the eyewitness accounts of misty clouds of hydrocarbons that were floating about before the initial explosion. The second report has had major input from the UK Environment Agency. It describes how once the fuel left the primary containment (tanks, pipes, equipment), there were failures in the secondary and tertiary conta

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