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New Zealand Hears Testimony on Mining Blast that Killed 29

Financial pressures may have led a New Zealand coal mining operation to overextend itself before an explosion killed 29 workers last year, an energy executive testified Monday at an inquiry into the country’s worst mine disaster in decades. The executive …

Court OKs Payment for Man Hurt in Appleton, Wis. Blast

A maintenance worker seriously injured in a 2009 boiler explosion at the Appleton Medical Center will be compensated for his medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering under a $1.6 million settlement approved Tuesday. The court signed off on …

Report: Massey Mine Had 2 Sets of Records

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in a blast last year kept two sets of safety records, one that it concealed from federal safety officials, National Public Radio reported Wednesday. The government-subsidized radio network …

Louisiana Plant Fire Will be Allowed to Burn Itself Out

A fire at a southern Louisiana chemical plant was being allowed to burn down Wednesday before firefighters approached to put it out and investigators went inside to search for a cause. Tuesday afternoon’s explosion and fire at the Multi-Chem Corp. …

Oil Spill, Blast Hit Crippled Japan Nuclear Plant

An oil spill and a small explosion have caused limited damage – but no further radiation leaks – at the crippled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, the plant operator said Tuesday. Workers at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant found an oil …

California’s PG&E Faces Another Pipeline Blast Lawsuit

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is being hit with another lawsuit related to last year’s deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno. The complaint was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court last week by a representative of James Franco, who …

Michigan Laundry Blast Caused by Open Gas Line

Warren’s fire chief says an explosion that leveled a commercial laundry earlier this month in the Detroit suburb was caused by an open 2-inch gas line inside the business. Wilburt “Skip” McAdams tells the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit …