Issue Date: November 7, 2011
Report Warns Of Tank Hazards
Since 1983, 44 people have been killed in fires and explosions at oil and natural gas storage tanks that dot the countryside in much of the U.S., says a report released Oct. 27 by the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The report identifies 26 incidents and calls for new measures to protect the public from accidents at these sites. The report finds there are more than 800,000 remote exploration and production tank sites in the U.S. that store natural gas and crude oil. Many sites lack full fencing, warning signs, locked gates, locks on tank hatches, and other physical barriers. CSB also finds that children and young adults frequently socialize and play at the tank storage sites, unaware of their potentially hazardous contents. It recommends that EPA issue a warning about the hazards of these tanks, stressing the importance of limiting access. CSB recommends that regulators consider requiring storage facility owners to use inherently safer tank design features such as flame arresters and pressure vacuum vents.
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