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Feds Order Hilcorp To Fix Ruptured Alaskan Pipeline or Shut it Down

Federal regulators gave Hilcorp Energy an ultimatum March 3: Either repair its leaking methane gas pipeline in Cook Inlet, Alaska, by May 1 or shut the line down completely. Digital Journal reports that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Transportation, issued the directive to oil and gas driller Hilcorp after discovering that the broken pipeline continues to release about 300,000 cubic feet of gas into Cook Inlet, southwest of Anchorage, daily. The leak was first discovered Feb. 7 even though company data indicated its presence as early as December 2016. Federal ... Read More

Wastewater Irrigation Practices Draw Closer Scrutiny From California Regulators

California regulators said they will re-examine potential safety threats of irrigating food crops with treated wastewater from oil and gas production, a practice that has become widespread in Kern County and other parts of the state over the last 30 years. Four oil companies operating in California currently deliver their oil field wastewater to four irrigation districts in the state, where it is treated and used to water crops. Although no studies to date have found that this recycling practice poses a health threat, officials at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board say they are open to rethinking ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Explosion Kills One, Severely Burns Several Others In Alabama

One worker is dead and at least five others were severely burned when Colonial Pipeline’s major gasoline conduit exploded Monday afternoon in Shelby County, Ala., about five miles from where a break in the same pipeline triggered a short-lived fuel crisis in the South. Colonial Pipeline said that a crew working for contractor L.E. Bell Construction company were to drain a stretch of the 36-inch pipeline of gasoline. Around 2 p.m., a trackhoe used for digging earth hit the pipeline and triggered the explosion, creating a giant plume of fire and black smoke visible for miles. Shelby County Sheriff John ... Read More

State of Emergency Declared, Wastewater Wells Shut After Earthquake Rocks Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s governor declared a state of emergency and state regulators ordered oil and gas wastewater disposal operations shut down after a record-tying 5.6 earthquake rattled much of the Midwest Saturday morning. “The earthquake was felt in multiple states and was the strongest the state has experienced since November 2011 when a magnitude 5.6 earthquake occurred in Lincoln County,” Gov. Mary Fallin said Saturday night. “This emergency declaration will start the process to helping individuals, families and businesses impacted by the earthquakes and serves as a precursor to requesting any necessary assistance.” In the past decade, Oklahoma has experienced an alarming increase ... Read More

Two Dead, Several Missing After Giant Explosion Levels Maryland Apartment Building

Two people are dead and several missing after a massive explosion rocked a Silver Spring, Md., apartment building late Wednesday night. Montgomery County officials responding to the blast said Thursday that the blast and fire that consumed the building injured 31 residents, many with smoke inhalation, burn injuries, and broken bones. Three firefighters were also injured fighting the flames. At least seven people remain unaccounted for. Authorities said there were men, women, and children among the missing but they did not disclose their identities Thursday. The explosion occurred about 11:50 p.m. in one of the Flower Branch Apartment buildings on ... Read More

PG&E Found Guilty Of Criminal Obstruction In San Bruno Blast Trial

A federal jury found Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility company, guilty of obstructing investigators probing a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled dozens of homes in the San Francisco Bay area. The criminal trial ended Tuesday with the utility convicted of six charges, including one charge that it obstructed a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) official investigating the blasts, which occurred on Sept. 9 in San Bruno, just south of San Francisco. The other five charges stemmed from federal pipeline safety violations. Federal prosecutors argued during the trial that PG&E intentionally misled federal ... Read More

Refineries Reach $425 Million Settlement With U.S. Over Air Pollution

Tesoro Corporation and Par Hawaii Refining have reached a $425-million settlement with the U.S. government that resolves numerous Clean Air Act violations and introduces a plan to drastically reduce air pollution at six refineries across the western U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the settlement Monday, saying that the bulk of the settlement — $403 million – would go toward the installation and operation of pollution control equipment at refineries in Kenai, Alaska; Martinez, Calif.; Kapolei, Hawaii; Mandan, N.D.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Anacortes, Wash. Each year, these improvements at ... Read More

New study examines air quality near oil and gas operations as an ‘underexplored human health concern’

A study conducted throughout five states in the U.S. points to unconventional oil and gas production releasing air pollutants that far exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended levels. Throughout the states of Wyoming, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio, 35 air samples were taken at specific oil and gas production sites during increased industrial activity or when workers were feeling negative health symptoms such as headache, nausea or dizziness. According to the report, which was published in the open access journal Environmental Health, researchers “explored air quality at a previously neglected scale: near a range of unconventional oil and gas development and production sites ... Read More

At least 7 confirmed dead in wake of Harlem explosion

At least seven people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of a gas explosion that demolished two five-story apartment buildings in East Harlem, N.Y., Wednesday morning. Several others are injured and missing. In a press conference near the scene of the blast, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “a tragedy of the worst kind” and said that rescue operations would continue indefinitely with the hope of finding those missing still alive. Strong winds and temperatures in the 20s impeded rescue efforts overnight as firefighters continued to extinguish flames that lingered after the initial explosion set fire to the ... Read More

Couple files lawsuit against companies that sold produce tainted with diarrhea-causing parasite

Two people sickened by a diarrhea-causing parasite have filed a lawsuit against Taylor Fresh Foods Inc., Mex Luna Produce Co., and a Texas Mexican restaurant alleging the companies negligently imported, manufactured, distributed and marketed contaminated salad ingredients and failed to warn consumers of the danger. Kennon Smith and Lyndsay Smith filed the complaint in Texas state court. The plaintiffs claim they lead physically active and healthy lives but were floored with gastrointestinal distress after eating tamales and tacos with salad and other produce at Bob’s Taco Station in Rosenberg, Texas. They suffered from nausea, persistent diarrhea, fever, headaches, dehydration, abdominal ... Read More