From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**cs.com>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (4 articles)
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:34:49 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
It's clear from this item below and three other oil industry fires reported this week in small communities that the oil industry needs to either set up their own fire fighting force or support the fire departments in areas in which they are located or through which their trucks routinely pass. Why should residents of small communities be forced to pay for fire fighters, training and equipment that is needed only for the oil industry's fires?
In fact, this policy should apply to all industries that present unusual fire hazards. The West Fertilizer fire fighters were castigated because they were not trained to fight this kind of ammonium nitrate fire. Why should they be? They didn't even know this hazard was there and it is not their community's problem.
The policy should be, "you schlep a hazard here, you be prepared for all contingencies."
FRACKING FIRE POINTS OUT FAILINGS Tags: us_OH, industrial, follow-up, response, other_chemical CLARINGTON, Ohio =E2=80" Phillip Keevert, the only paid firefighter in Monroe County, was working a diesel spill on the morning of June 28 when a 911 dispatcher called his cellphone about another emergency. Keevert was out of range of the county's radio system, so he got in his truck and drove toward town. As he got closer, the radio static gave way to snippets of conversation. He heard the word "well." More static. Then the word "fire." One tanker truck was on fire at a StatOil North America well pad in Clarington. Now, two trucks were on fire. Now, three. Keevert turned onto Rt. 78 east heading toward Clarington, about a 30-minute drive from the well pad, and saw a thick plume of black smoke cutting into the sky.
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President: Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012 212-777-0062
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