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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

Albany Crude Oil Terminal Will Have to Undergo Entirely New Application for Air Emissions Permit

Community leaders are celebrating the decision Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) made requiring Global Companies to file an entirely new application to proceed with the transport and processing of crude oil at its Albany terminal. Global Companies filed an application with the DEC to renew its air emissions permit. The company also requested permission to add seven boilers used to heat crude oil to the rail site in Albany’s South End. But the DEC decided the material changes to environmental conditions in the area warranted an entirely new application because the benzene levels are concerning. In a press release, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Global Companies must restart its ... 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

Review of agency responsible for pipeline, hazardous materials oversight finds serious performance issues

Federal regulators charged with overseeing the nation’s 2.6 million miles of pipeline and a million shipments of hazardous materials per day have missed deadline after deadline in developing and implementing safety rules to protect the public from oil train derailments, pipeline spills, and other disasters, an internal audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation has found. In a report published Oct. 14, the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General said that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) “has faced criticism from Congress for its lack of timeliness in implementing mandates and recommendations.” The House Transportation and Infrastructure ... 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

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

Whistleblower exposes wastewater dumping from Italian ship

Illegal dumping of waste into U.S. waters is a fast, convenient, and cheap way for some shipping firms to dispose of the polluted water they have accumulated onboard during long overseas stretches, but fortunately some of these ships are staffed with conscientious workers who document the illegal activity and report it to the proper authorities. The latest offender to be exposed is an Italian shipping firm, Carbofin S.p.A., which owns and operates the M/T Marigola. According to the U.S. Justice Department, during 2013 and 2014, senior members of the crew of the M/T Marigola directed ship hands to install and use a so-called ... Read More

Alabama getting $93.8 million for BP oil spill recovery and restoration projects

Alabama is set to receive $93.8 million in oil spill money for coastal restoration projects in the third and largest installment to come from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, which was established to help the U.S. Gulf coast recover from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees made the announcement on Friday that Alabama and the four other Gulf Coast states would soon be receiving their share of $1 billion in funds BP provided as a down payment in April 2011. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas will share $627 million in ... Read More

Cleanup workers sickened by BP oil spill face legal limbo with medical claims

Cleanup workers and coastal residents who were exposed to crude oil and chemical dispersants from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be forced into the same kind of protracted litigation that prevented Exxon Valdez cleanup workers from getting medical assistance and relief from doctor’s bills. Some 20,000 Gulf coast residents and cleanup workers, many of them suffering from chronic health problems that manifested several months after their exposure to the oil and other contaminants, are part of a medical damages settlement class, but find themselves in a legal limbo thanks to, as WWL-TV reported, “a disputed reading of one phase ... Read More