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2004
China
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Gas explosion in Daping coal mine in Henan province killed 56 people and left dozens more missing and 148 were trapped (AP/USAToday.com, Oct 20, 2004).
In 2004, 6,027 Chinese mine workers were killed--an average of about 16 deaths a day.

2004
Scotland
plastic factory
ICL Plastics plc's Stockline Plastics plant in Glasgow explodes, killing 9 and injuring more than 40.

2001
France
fertilizer factory
September 21 explosion at Azote de France (AZF) agricultural chemicals factory near Toulouse. 31 people dead, at least 650 people hospitalized.

1998
France
fertilizer factory
Explosion at Azote de France (AZF) fertilizer factory near Toulouse.

1998
Nigeria
oil pipeline
Pipeline at Jesse Nigeria exploded, instantly killing more than 500 people and severely burning hundreds more. Up to 2000 people had been lining up with buckets and bottles to scoop up oil. The fire spread and engulfed the nearby villages of Moosqar and Oghara, killing farmers and villagers sleeping in their homes. Shell, AGIP, Elf-Aquitaine, Chevron and Mobil split their oil revenues with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company.

1993
Thailand
toy factory
Killed 188 women and injured over 400. Peter Symonds, Industrial Inferno : The Story of the Thai Toy Factory Fire (Mehring Books, 1997).

1989
USA Alaska
oil tanker
Exxon Valdez tanker spills 11 million gallons of crude oil into Price William Sound.

1986
Ukraine
nuclear
Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic chemical explosion at the station's fourth reactor and an uncontrolled graphite fire that followed led to the release of more than 450 radionuclides, comprising about 3.5 per cent of the fuel stored in the reactor core. Official reports put the immediate death toll at 31, but it is widely believed that many more died in the first hours and weeks after the explosion. The Ukrainian government has estimated the number of deaths among clean-up workers alone as 7,000-8,000. (David R. Marples, in The Long Road to Recovery: Community Responses to Industrial Disaster, edited by James K. Mitchell (United Nations University Press, 1996).

1984
India Bhopal
toxics
Explosion at Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal India released cloud of methyl isocyanate, killing at least 2,000 and injured 50,000.

1982
USA Missouri
chemical waste
In 1996-97, 265,354 tons of soil and other dioxin-contaminated material from Times Beach and 26 other sites in eastern Missouri had been incinerated. In 1982, Times Beach's 2,242 residents
were evacuated after dioxin found in soil.

1979
USA Pennsylvania
nuclear
Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Over 140,000 people evacuated within a 15 mile area.

1978
France
oil tanker
Amoco Cadiz tanker runs aground off the coast of France, spilling 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.

1977
USA New York
chemical waste
Hooker Chemical Company used uncompleted canal for dumping by-products. Once the canal was filled with waste, the land was covered over and sold to the Niagara Falls city school board for $1.00 and a school and subdivision of homes was on top. The chemicals were detected leaking out of the site in 1977 and residents were eventually evacuated.

1976
USA Massachusetts
oil spill
Argo Merchant runs aground on the Nantucket Shoals off Cape Cod (Massachusetts USA), spilling 7.6 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil.

1976
Italy
chemical factory
"Seveso" disaster. Explosion at ICMESA chemical plant on the outskirts of Meda, a small town about 20 kilometres north of Milan, Italy, releasing a toxic cloud containing TCDD dioxin; especially affected were Seveso, Meda, Desio, and Cesano Maderno.

1972
USA Idaho
coal mine
1972 Sunshine mine at Kellogg.

1972
USA West Virginia
coal mine
Dam failure at Buffalo mine in Saunders kills 125.

1968
USA West Virginia
coal mine
Explosion and fire killed 78 men at the Consol No 9 mines at Farmington, West Virginia.

1967
Russia
toxics
Accident at Chelyabinsk (Mayak) nuclear complex near Kyshtym (series of accidents since it was built in the 1940s)

1957
England
nuclear
Fire at Windscale (Sellafield) plant where plutonium for bombs was processed.

1957
Russia
toxics
Accident at Chelyabinsk (Mayak) nuclear complex near Kyshtym (series of accidents since it was built in the 1940s)

1956
Japan Minamata
chemical waste
Minamata disease officially recognized. Mercury poisoning that developed in people who ate contaminated seafood taken from Minamata Bay and adjacent coastal waters in the period after World War II when methyl mercury was dumped into the sea as an unwanted by-product of acetaldehyde processing at the Chisso industrial plant in Minamata, Japan.

1951
USA Illinois
coal mine
Explosion at Orient No. 2 mine in West Frankfort kills 119.

1947
USA Texas
fertilizer ships
On April 16, the SS Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, exploded in the Texas City harbor, followed the next morning by the explosion of the SS High Flyer. The disaster kills almost 576 and injuring several thousand. The explosion was felt 75 miles away in Port Arthur, and created a 15-foot tidal wave.

1947
USA Illinois
coal mine
Explosion at No. 5 mine in Centralia kills 111.

1928
USA Pennsylvania
coal mine
Explosion at Mather No. 1 mine kills 195.

1924
USA West Virginia
coal mine
Explosion at Benwood mine kills 119.

1924
USA Utah
coal mine
Explosion at No. 2 mine in Castle Gate kills 172.

1923
USA New Mexico
coal mine
Explosion at Stag Canon No. 1 mine in Dawson kills 120.

1917
USA Montana
coal mine
Butte coal mine fire mine killed 63.

1917
USA Colorado
coal mine
Explosion at Hastings mine kills 121.

1917
USA Montana
coal mine
Fire at Granite Mountain mine in Butte kills 163.

1915
USA West Virginia
coal mine
Explosion at Layland No. 3 mine kills 115.

1914
USA West Virginia
coal mine
Explosion at Eccles No. 5 & No. 6 mine kills 181.

1913
USA New Mexico
coal mine
Explosion at Stag Canon No. 2 mine in Dawson kills 263.

1911
USA New York
sweatshop
Fire in the Asch Building in lower Manhattan, New York, killed 146 of the 500 employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, mostly young female immigrants from Europe who were trapped in the building.

1911
USA Alabama
coal mine
Explosion at Banner mine in Littleton kills 128.

1909
USA Illinois
coal mine
Fire at Cherry mine kills 259.

1908
USA Pennsylvania
coal mine
Explosion at Rachel and Agnes mine in Marianna kills 154.

1907
USA West Virginia
coal mine
Fairmont Coal mine at Monongah exploded killing 362 men and boys. (US coal mine fatalities in this decade exceeded 2,000 annually).

1907
USA West Virginia
coal mine
Explosions at Monongah No. 6 and 8 mines kill 362.

1907
USA Pennsylvania
coal mine
Explosion at Darr mine in Jacobs Creek kills 239.

1905
USA Alabama
coal mine
Explosion at Virginia City mine kills 112.

1904
USA Pennsylvania
coal mine
Explosion at Harwick mine in Cheswick kills179.

1903
USA Wyoming
coal mine
Explosion at Hanna No. 1 mine kills 169.

1902
USA Pennsylvania
coal mine
Explosion at Rolling Mill mine at Johnstown kils112.

1902
USA Tennessee
coal mine
Explosion at Fraterville mine at Coal Creek kills184.

1900
USA Utah
coal mine
200 killed at Winter Quarters No. 4 Mine near Scofield, Utah.

1892
USA Oklahoma
coal mine
Explosion at No. 11 mine in Krebs kills 100.

1891
USA Pennsylvania
coal mine
109 killed at explosion at Mammouth coal mine in Mount Pleasant.

1884
USA Virginia
coal mine
Explosion at Laurel mine in Pocahontas kills 112.

1869
USA Pennsylvania
coal mine
110 killed in fire at Avondale coal mine in Plymouth.

1867
USA Virginia
coal mine
Explosion at Bright Hope mine at Winterpock kills 69.





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mining accidents
Between 1830 and 2000, 716 mining accidents in the United States killed 15,183 people. Only mine disasters killing more than 100 people are listed here; a comprehensive list of mining disasters is at
 

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How about the craziness over in Japan? With the nuclear facility? Too, don't these all fall under "Man-Made" Disasters? I find it very disheartening that there are this many industrial crises this close to Alabaster's home. Definitely No bueno.
 

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How about the craziness over in Japan? With the nuclear facility? Too, don't these all fall under "Man-Made" Disasters? I find it very disheartening that there are this many industrial crises this close to Alabaster's home. Definitely No bueno.
I guess in theory all industrial disasters could be deduced to man-made, but I think the separation lies with is it intentional, i.e. terrorist acts, or just some dumb ### not following proper procedures.
 

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also what wasnt mentioned was the bp oil spill, the biggest oil disaster to date if im not wrong, killing thousands of oceanic wildlife, and shutting down aloooot of tourism on texas coast lines, killing income for many coastal bussiness owners.
 

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also what wasnt mentioned was the bp oil spill, the biggest oil disaster to date if im not wrong, killing thousands of oceanic wildlife, and shutting down aloooot of tourism on texas coast lines, killing income for many coastal bussiness owners.
True that was a major man made disaster. Another oil disaster that I remember was the Exxon Valdez Oil Tanker.
 

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also what wasnt mentioned was the bp oil spill, the biggest oil disaster to date if im not wrong, killing thousands of oceanic wildlife, and shutting down aloooot of tourism on texas coast lines, killing income for many coastal bussiness owners.
BP oil sure "screwed the pooch" on that one! I can't believe the amount of money lost due to that!
 

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i almost cryed watching that on tv, gas prices this high and all that oil wasted.
Here is a quick blurp from NPR.org

Amy Myers Jaffe of Rice University says in the next decade, new oil in the US, Canada and South America could change the center of gravity of the entire global energy supply.

"Some are now saying, in five or 10 years' time, we're a major oil-producing region, where our production is going up," she says.
The US, Jaffe says, could have 2 trillion barrels of oil waiting to be drilled. South America could hold another 2 trillion. And Canada? 2.4 trillion. That's compared to just 1.2 trillion in the Middle East and north Africa.

Jaffe says those new oil reserves, combined with growing turmoil in the Middle East, will "absolutely propel more and more investment into the energy resources in the Americas."

Russia is already feeling the growth of American energy, Jaffe says. As the U.S. produces more of its own natural gas, Europe is free to purchase liquefied natural gas the US is no longer buying.

"They're buying less natural gas from Russia," Jaffe says. "So Russia would only supply 10 percent of European natural gas demand by 2030. That means the Russians are no longer powerful."

The American energy boom, Jaffe says, could endanger many green-energy initiatives that have gained popularity in recent years.
 

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I almost cried, too. I couldn't believe the same. And Obama is holding the Gulf, Atlantic coast and other spots hostage while the middle-east continues merckin the rest of the world with oil prices.
 

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I almost cried, too. I couldn't believe the same. And Obama is holding the Gulf, Atlantic coast and other spots hostage while the middle-east continues merckin the rest of the world with oil prices.
the middle east has been given way too much power. if not for America they wouldn't have had clue as to how to get their black gold out of the ground.
 

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True dat. We have a responsibility to our people. If people want to come to America, I'm all for it. If they want to stay in their current country, I'm all for that, too. If they want democracy and things like that, let 'em get it. I think the history of our Country is so long ago that people forget or almost don't believe how radical we were as a people because of the oppression of our governments. England had our a**es OWNED. Finally we got sick of taxation without representation and bucked up. Look at us now. Our own capital suffers this EXACT problem! WTF is that?!?! The head of the free world is not in the same shoes as the rest of it's Country? D'evils.

Wow, did I get off on a rant, or what?! Man, this is my point. People need to BE responsible for their own happiness and freedoms. Not just FEEL like they are. REVOLUTION is not so far fetched in our history. Time and time again we as humans and specifically as Americans have seen injustices and decided we had to make change. HAD TO MAKE CHANGE. Even if it cost us our life, it was worth it to help our future generations not suffer the evils that surround us for one reason or another. People are far too concerned with their iPhones to even care about Black Panthers intimidating people at voting polls and other places. If it were the KKK, it would cause an uproar, and rightfully so. You can't be mad at a people for balling up their fist and shoving down the throats of their oppressors. Conversely, you can't have a bleeding heart for someone that takes a beating because they're afraid of fighting back.
 

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True dat. We have a responsibility to our people. If people want to come to America, I'm all for it. If they want to stay in their current country, I'm all for that, too. If they want democracy and things like that, let 'em get it. I think the history of our Country is so long ago that people forget or almost don't believe how radical we were as a people because of the oppression of our governments. England had our a**es OWNED. Finally we got sick of taxation without representation and bucked up. Look at us now. Our own capital suffers this EXACT problem! WTF is that?!?! The head of the free world is not in the same shoes as the rest of it's Country? D'evils.

Wow, did I get off on a rant, or what?! Man, this is my point. People need to BE responsible for their own happiness and freedoms. Not just FEEL like they are. REVOLUTION is not so far fetched in our history. Time and time again we as humans and specifically as Americans have seen injustices and decided we had to make change. HAD TO MAKE CHANGE. Even if it cost us our life, it was worth it to help our future generations not suffer the evils that surround us for one reason or another. People are far too concerned with their iPhones to even care about Black Panthers intimidating people at voting polls and other places. If it were the KKK, it would cause an uproar, and rightfully so. You can't be mad at a people for balling up their fist and shoving down the throats of their oppressors. Conversely, you can't have a bleeding heart for someone that takes a beating because they're afraid of fighting back.
And the crowd cheered!
I am amazed at how many people think the US has been like this since the Pilgrims first showed up. So many, for some insane reason, want to head right back to how things before we announced our independence from england. For example government run healthcare. look at how well the government handles other "programs." Due you really want the government filling your prescriptions?

To me trying to do some sort of tax REFORM, immigration REFORM, and healthcare REFORM is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The government can't reform these. In some cases they have to be completely redone, in others enforce the laws as they are currently written.
 

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Here, Here!!!! (Banging my walking stick on the wooden floor) I couldn't agree more. I have also grown tired of the US being the world's police force.
Oh me too! WE have so many natural resources right in our own back yard, yet the United States keeps going into other countries for occupation reasons. We might just see some changes just before the SHTF and they won't be lower prices either.
 

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Oh me too! WE have so many natural resources right in our own back yard, yet the United States keeps going into other countries for occupation reasons. We might just see some changes just before the SHTF and they won't be lower prices either.
I would like to believe the reason we don't drill here is because our government wants to use all of the oil from the middle east so that the world will have to come to us for oil thereby making the USA the worlds strongest country again.
 

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I would like to believe the reason we don't drill here is because our government wants to use all of the oil from the middle east so that the world will have to come to us for oil thereby making the USA the worlds strongest country again.
It is a good thought, however it might not be that at all by the sounds of your statements that you believe that either.
 

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Maybe you're a gemini. Kidding. Really I think we all have two sides to every argument inside of us. If not, we tend to become blind to facts because we're too caught up in being right. I think what you're seeing/saying here is on the right path.
 

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Maybe you're a gemini. Kidding. Really I think we all have two sides to every argument inside of us. If not, we tend to become blind to facts because we're too caught up in being right. I think what you're seeing/saying here is on the right path.
God I hope so. I would hat to be viewed as a fence sitter. I tend to take my stands with conviction, but I do choose "which hill I am willing to die on."
 

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