Final OSHA Silica Rule Released

Last week the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finally released its final silica rule and practically the first thing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez did was to apologize for taking so long. As part of the announcement, he recounted a number of stories about so many workers who died from having inhaled…

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Fracking Silica Standards

New OSHA Fracking Silica Standards Put Employers on Notice The oil and gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom in Texas and elsewhere has led to a proliferation in the use of silica sand, which is commonly used with water to break up the shale underground and release the oil or gas. And because of serious health…

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Fracking Spill

The Karnes County Sheriff wants to charge On Point Services LLC, a waste hauling company based in Falfurrias, Texas, with several criminal charges for an incident on March 10, in which one of the company’s trucks spilled more than 1,200 gallons of liquid fracking waste along eight miles of rural roadway between Hobson and…

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