Spills Heavy rains in Buenos Aires caused rising floodwaters in the Rio de la Plata estuary to break through a barrier built to contain crude oil that was spilled Jan. 15 when a Royal Dutch/Shell tanker collided with a German container ship (OGJ, Jan. 25, 1999, p. 46). The rising waters-about 2 m above normal levels-allowed the spill to spread about 4 km up the Atlantic coast as well as contaminate the river banks. About 1,573 bbl of crude oil leaked from the tanker after the collision. NGL Several explosions on Jan. 27 at a natural gas liquids fractionation plant near Taylor, B.C., operated by Solex Gas Liquids Ltd., Calgary, created a 300-ft fireball. Three me...

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