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Widow Sues Honeywell Over Husband’s Gas Explosion Death

The widow of a utility worker who was killed in a July 2017 gas explosion in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honeywell International and other defendants, alleging their errors claimed the life of her husband. Richard Bouder, 54, was part of a three-worker UGI crew responding to reports of a gas odor at a house in Manor Township when a gas explosion leveled the house and rocked the surrounding neighborhood. Mr. Bouder was killed in the blast and the other two workers were seriously injured. Kim Bouder’s complaint, filed in Philadelphia County Court, includes claims ... Read More

SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Facilities Still Feared Hazard Despite Well Closures

Three years after the worst gas leak in U.S. history forced the closure of Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) storage facilities at Aliso Canyon, nearly half the wells operating before the massive methane leak are closed after state regulators determined they are no longer safe to operate. Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Daily News show that of the 114 wells SoCalGas built to inject and withdraw natural gas at its Aliso Canyon site, 51 have been taken out of operation due to safety concerns, and another three wells have been permanently sealed. According to the Daily News, state records show ... Read More

Gas Leak Explosion Rocks San Francisco Neighborhood

A PG&E gas line leak triggered an explosion inside a San Francisco home Monday morning, Nov. 27, forcing the evacuation of several homes and street closures in the Bernal Heights section of the city. The blast occurred in a residence in the 3900 block of Mission Street near St. Mary’s Ave. around 10:40 a.m., just as firefighters arrived at the scene to investigate reports of a gas leak in the area. Nobody was home at the time of the blast and no injuries were reported. The gas explosion blew out the windows of the residence and sent debris flying into ... Read More

Another Hilcorp Pipeline Break Reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Pipeline owner Hilcorp, already under fire for an ongoing gas leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, is now dealing with another oil spill in the same pristine body of water that’s home to a diversity of marine life, including an endangered population of beluga whales. The new Hilcorp Alaska pipeline spill was discovered Saturday as a sheen spread across the surface that dissipated shortly after being spotted. Hilcorp said it shut down the 8-inch diameter oil line, which runs for miles on the floor of Cook Inlet between two production platforms. Hilcorp said it removed all oil from the pipeline and ... Read More

Church Members Critically Injured in Pocatello, Idaho Church Boiler Room Blast

An Idaho couple was critically injured when the boiler room of a Pocatello, Idaho, church exploded Tuesday, March 21. The Pocatello Fire Department responded to the blast at the First Congregational United Church across the street from Pocatello High School around 2:15 p.m. to find the church severely damaged. Local authorities continue to investigate the cause of the blast, but said they believe there was an accumulation of natural gas in the boiler that was somehow ignited when the couple, a husband and wife, both members of the church, was performing volunteer maintenance work. Responders found the woman badly burned ... Read More

Months-old Gas Station Leak Continues To Pollute Western NC Waterways, Officials Say

Cleanup efforts continue on a major gasoline leak from an underground storage tank behind a North Carolina service station. According to The Graham (North Carolina) Star, a leak was first detected in a fuel tank storing premium fuel at the Crown gas station in the western North Carolina town of Robbinsville in mid-August. Since then, remediation efforts have removed 2,600 gallons of gasoline from the ground, “enough to fill a 15-gallon vehicle gas tank 173 times,” the Graham Star noted. The cleanup and abatement operations remain ongoing. The leak has contaminated the nearby Tallulah Creek and Cheoah River. “The section ... Read More

Wyoming School Closed Until Fall 2017 Because of Benzene Contamination

In Midwest, Wyoming, a school that has been closed since last May for hazardous levels of benzene related to a gas leak won’t reopen until fall of the 2017-2017 school year. When the gas leak was first discovered, air quality tests confirmed the presence of benzene at 200 times safe levels. The students and staff were evacuated after many complaints of headaches, sore throats and other potential health problems. The air tests also confirmed high levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as oxygen deficiencies. Engineers and consultants are working to fix the contamination, which was caused by ... Read More

Alabama Declares State of Emergency In Wake of Colonial Pipeline Blast

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to a deadly Colonial Pipeline blast that occurred in Shelby County Monday, crippling the East Coast’s major fuel artery. The state of emergency is primarily intended to offset fuel shortages posed by the shuttered pipeline by relaxing federal hours-of-service safety rules that restrict commercial truck drivers’ operating hours. Easing the regulations will expedite surface transportation fuel shipments, allowing commercial truckers to drive longer hours without violating the anti-fatigue rules. In addition to Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have also declared a state of emergency. Other southern states are ... Read More

Southern California Settles Gas Leak Criminal Case For $4 Million

The gas company responsible for a massive gas leak that polluted the air in the Los Angeles area for months has agreed to pay $4 million to settle criminal charges stemming from its failure to properly notify authorities about the leak. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCal Gas) pleaded no contest to end a criminal case brought against it by Los Angeles County prosecutors, who alleged the utility waited days to report its gas leak near Porter Ranch, which blasted tons of methane gas into the air from Oct. 23, 2015, until Feb. 18, 2016. While the agreement settles the county’s ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Gas Leak Raises Concerns Regarding Benzene Contamination

Nearly two weeks ago, a mining inspector in Shelby County, Ala., reported a gasoline odor. When the odor was investigated, a leak was discovered in the Colonial Pipeline, a 53-year-old main pipeline that carries refined petroleum from Houston all the way to New Jersey. Although a shutdown of the pipeline was initiated only 20 minutes after the leak was reported, 336,000 gallons of gasoline was lost. Public officials have claimed that the contamination of the spill is conveniently contained in mining property, with the only contaminated water being mining retention ponds. But the community around the spill site has expressed concern ... Read More