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Oil Spill From Chevron Pipeline Failure Discovered in NW Colorado

Chevron Corp. and Colorado authorities are investigating the rupture of a six-inch pipeline that released about 4,800 gallons of oil into a northwestern Colorado stream. A consultant working for Chevron reportedly discovered the oil spill March 5. The spilled oil, which was initially reported to be about 50,000 gallons in volume, traveled about two miles downstream along and intermittent, unnamed tributary of Stinking Water Creek in Rio Blanco County near the Utah border. The oil stopped at a small dam that had been built downstream of the pipeline as a preventative measure to contain oil spills, the Associated Press reported. ... Read More

Oregon Lawmakers Confront Future Oil Train Disasters With New Safety Bills

Two new bills intended to protect the environment and communities from oil train disasters have been introduced in the Oregon legislature with strong support among environmentalists, Native American leaders, and others who believe not enough is being done to prevent or at least limit oil-train derailments and spills. Support for the bills has been fueled largely by the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon, which contaminated pristine forested areas with highly toxic and volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region. The spill and fire occurred alongside tracks paralleling the Columbia River, a swift-moving, cold-water salmon ... Read More

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

BNSF Pays Illinois $50,000 Civil Penalty For 2015 Oil Train Derailment

Railroad giant BNSF has agreed to pay $50,000 in civil penalties for a 2015 oil train derailment in Galena, Illinois, that released several thousand gallons of oil , triggered a  massive fire that burned for days, and forced the evacuation of area residents. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the settlement resolves environmental concerns triggered by the March 2015 derailment and spill, which Delaware-based BNSF was court-ordered to clean and monitor. Nobody was injured by the derailment, but the accident released about 30,000 gallons of crude oil, contaminating the ground and threatening local water sources, including the Galena and Mississippi ... Read More

Final Report on 2013 North Dakota oil train crash faults defective axle in other train

Federal investigators released a final report Feb. 7 on a fiery oil train derailment and spill that forced the evacuation of Casselton, North Dakota, blaming the disaster on a defective axle on another train. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the Dec. 30, 2013, derailment and crash occurred when a defective axle broke on a BNSF train hauling soybeans, forcing a section of the train to derail. Two men aboard the oil train told investigators that heavy, blowing snow obscured the tracks from their vision shortly before they saw a derailed train car lying across the tracks. The men ... Read More

Another Pipeline Rupture In Western North Dakota Releases Toxic Salt Water

Another toxic pipeline spill has occurred in western North Dakota, just three miles away from the site of a major oil spill that released 176,000 gallons of crude oil into Ash Coulee Creek near Belfield, North Dakota, in December and about 150 miles from where the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are protesting development of the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to Forum News Service, a broken White Rock Oil and Gas flow line running from an oil well to a nearby treatment unit ruptured and released about 280 barrels of toxic salt water and 20 barrels of oil into Franks Creek. The spill ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Spill Releases 38,000 gallons of diesel in North-Central Iowa

Federal investigators joined Iowa authorities to investigate an underground pipeline breach that released 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel in a farm field and surrounding land in north-central Iowa Jan. 25. The pipeline is owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, a subsidiary of Magellan Pipeline Company, which has been fined several times over the last few years for numerous oil spills, most of which have occurred in the Midwest. “It’s a big one. It’s significant,” Jeff Vansteenburg of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told the Des Moines Register. According to a safety plan Magellan submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the 2-inch ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Settles Violations Related To Fuel Spills in Three States

Magellan Pipeline Company has reached an $18-million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settling alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to pipeline spills of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in Texas City, Texas; Nemaha, Nebraska; and El Dorado, Kansas. Under the agreement, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Magellan will spend $16 million on improving training for its staff and monitoring the integrity of its 11,000 miles of pipeline. A public transparency measure also requires the company to report information about certain types of pipeline releases and its responses to them. The other $2 ... Read More

SC Environmental Groups Sue Pipeline Owner Over 2014 Gas Spill

A pair of South Carolina environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan, alleging the Houston-based pipeline company is dragging its feet on cleanup of a 2014 pipeline breach that spilled 370,000 gallons of gasoline into an Anderson County waterway. Upstate Forever and Savannah Riverkeeper claim in their lawsuit that the 2014 spill continues to discharge harmful pollutants into a waterway that empties into three lakes and feeds the Savannah River, a major waterway that forms the border of South Carolina and Georgia. “More than two years after this spill was discovered, Kinder Morgan is still polluting the waters ... Read More

BP Pipeline Spill Releases Contaminated Wastewater into Colorado Creek

A BP pipeline hauling wastewater from methane gas wells to a treatment facility was discovered to be ruptured Dec. 13, after it spilled thousands of gallons of contaminated “produced water” into a creek carrying snowmelt to the Los Pinos River near the southwestern Colorado town of Bayfield. The ruptured six-inch fiberglass pipe was found on National Forest Service land on the morning of Dec. 13. BP could not say how long the wastewater had been spilling from the pipe or how much escaped. The chemical composition of the wastewater is also unknown at the time. Produced water is a byproduct ... Read More