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Charles on visit to oil blast town

PRINCE CHARLES was today due to visit businesses hit by the explosion at the Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead.

Safety inspectors uncover hazards at UK fuel depots

SAFETY inspections ordered after the huge fire at the Buncefield fuel storage depot have revealed faults at five similar sites.

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Blast-hit firm bounces back

AN online retailer whose distribution warehouse was damaged by the Buncefield fuel depot blast appears to have its business firmly back on track.

Overflowing petrol blamed for Buncefield depot blast

HUNDREDS of tonnes of petrol gushed unnoticed for 40 minutes from a faulty tank before it ignited and caused the huge explosion at the Buncefield oil depot in December, an investigation has found.

Thousands seek damages over oil depot explosion

VICTIMS of December's Buncefield oil storage depot explosion took the first step yesterday in their battle for compensation.

Oil depot blast probe findings are revealed

THE findings from an investigation into the cause of an oil depot explosion have been displayed.

Buncefield blaze victims sue for compensation

SCORES of people who lost their jobs or were forced from homes after the Buncefield oil blaze in Hertfordshire have launched a group action for compensation.

Clothes shop opens doors after oil depot fire

FASHION retailer ASOS has reopened its doors after shutting down following the Buncefield oil depot fire.

Fuel depot blast leads to festive petrol shortages

MOTORISTS in the south of England were facing fuel shortages yesterday as petrol stations struggled with the effects of the Buncefield depot blast. Fuel retailers confirmed that some garages had run out of petrol and others were running short.

Oil blast study set to boost nuclear safety

A TEAM of researchers from Edinburgh is studying the shock waves from the Hemel Hempstead oil blast to ensure nuclear power stations are prepared for future explosions.

HSE passed oil depot's fire measures weeks before blaze

FIRE measures at the Buncefield oil depot were approved weeks before the massive, 60-hour blaze at the site, inspectors said yesterday.

Police pass on oil blast probe

THE inquiry into the Buncefield oil depot blast was due to move into its next phase today with the Health and Safety Executive formally taking charge of the investigation.

Oil blaze public inquiry 'likely'

THE huge Buncefield oil blaze and the chaos that followed will be investigated in a public inquiry, the local MP predicted last night.

Prescott to visit estate devastated by oil blasts

DEPUTY Prime Minister John Prescott will today visit the industrial estate devastated by the Buncefield oil depot explosions.

Fuel rationed after oil blast

AIRLINES at Heathrow airport have been put on fuel rationing following the devastating Hemel Hempstead oil depot explosions, it was revealed today.

Fuel depot blaze could cause air travel chaos

TENS of thousands of air travellers could face disruption after emergency plans to ration fuel supplies at Heathrow were introduced last night in the wake of the Buncefield depot fire.

Investigation after tanker driver says he sparked oil blast

AN investigation has been launched into claims by a tanker driver that he triggered the Buncefield oil blast by flicking his engine cut-out switch while there was a vapour leak from the plant.

Fire service "woefully prepared" to tackle Buncefield blaze

FIREFIGHTERS' union leaders last night accused Hertfordshire fire service of being "woefully prepared" to tackle the Buncefield oil depot blaze.

Fire crews hope to extinguish oil depot blaze today

FIRE crews were today hoping to extinguish an "apocalyptic" blaze at an oil depot.

Oil and gas

SUNDAY'S oil explosion in Hemel Hempstead and OPEC's decision to rein in production rattled oil markets yesterday, pushing prices sharply higher.

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