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Colonial Pipeline Safety Record Far Inferior To Others, Regulatory Data Shows

Colonial Pipeline, the owner and operator of a major East Coast pipeline involved in two recent Birmingham-area disasters, has a safety record that is substantially worse than many other pipeline companies in the South, Birmingham’s WBHM reports. The Atlanta-based company, which remains under a federal investigation for a deadly Oct. 31 blast that killed two workers near Helena, Ala., “has a shocking history of what federal regulators call ‘significant incidents,’” WBHM reports, including “gross negligence” that contributed to seven spills releasing 1.45 million gallons of oil in several Southern states. For that offense, Colonial paid $34 million in fines under ... 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

Oil trains have been responsible for more oil spilled in 2013 than the past 38 years combined

According to a new analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in the U.S., more oil was spilled from trains in 2013 than in every year from 1975 to 2012 combined. Last year, railcars were responsible for the release of more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil while only a combined 800,000 gallons were spilled in the past 38 years. Since the study was just in the U.S., it does not include the disastrous oil train spill occurring in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which resulted the deaths of 47 people and an estimated 1.58 ... Read More

DOT fines Chevron $423,600 for toxic pipeline leak near Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed on Monday a $423,600 penalty against Chevron Pipe Line Company for contaminating the land and water near the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City with toxic crude oil. A federal investigation of Chevron’s June 2010 pipeline failure found that 800 barrels / 33,600 gallons of crude oil were released into the area around Red Butte Creek. The Chevron incident occurred while the world’s attention was fixated on BP’s epic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Chevron spill paled in comparison ... Read More