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California Pipeline Co. Fined $242K for Deadly Trench Collapse

A California pipeline company faces penalties of $242,500 for a deadly trench collapse it could have prevented had it followed basic safety rules. According to Cal/OSHA, on July 27 of last year, Platinum Pipeline Inc. of Livermore ordered its employees to grade the bottom of an unsecured 14-foot-deep trench even when it identified the soil as unstable. The workers, who were given no protection from a possible trench cave-in, were digging trenches to install two storm drain pipes at a residential construction site in Daly City. Three of the five workers were trained and competent in excavation processes and hazards, but ... Read More

Gas Pipeline Spill Response Inadequate, New Mexico Officials Say

Cleanup of fuel from a gasoline pipeline that ruptured in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, last month is slow and deficient, state environmental officials warned at a County Commission meeting Jan. 22. The Kinder Morgan pipeline ruptured in the southern part of the county just a few miles north of El Paso, Texas, Dec. 13. The pipeline breach released about 294,000 gallons of gasoline into the soil and possibly the groundwater around the spill site. The contamination forced the evacuation of residents near the spill site, many of whom remain in hotels at the company expense. According to the Las ... Read More

Family Plans To Sue Columbia Gas Over Teen’s Gas Explosion Death

The family of an 18-year-old student who was killed in the Columbia Gas explosions that rocked three Massachusetts towns in September plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the utility company. Leonel Rondon, a high school junior from Lawrence, Massachusetts, was sitting in his SUV with three other friends when the Columbia Gas explosions occurred, toppling the brick chimney of a friend’s house where Mr. Rondon’s car was parked. The heavy structure fatally injured Mr. Rondon, who had just gotten his driver’s license a few hours before the pipeline blasts erupted throughout the Merrimack Valley. He died in the ... Read More

Converting Oil Spills to Fertile Land: a Bioremediation Mission

Oil spills on land result in countless tons of contaminated soil being discarded in a landfill, but what if there were a way to treat the spilled oil in a way that benefits the land and eliminates waste? That’s the goal that Targa Resources, a North Dakota-based oil and gas services company, is working toward becoming a reality with a bioremediation system it has developed for oil spills. According to the Bismarck Tribune, Targa has recently completed a bioremediation project on the Fort Berthold Tribal Reservation, which isn’t under the same state and federal regulatory jurisdiction as non-tribal land. The ... Read More

PG&E Fined $97.5 Million For Misconduct After San Bruno Explosions

The deadly San Bruno, California natural gas pipeline explosions that killed eight people and injured dozens of others in Sept. 2010 continue to be a costly disaster for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the utility company that owned the faulty infrastructure. California utility regulators issued fines to PG&E Thursday totaling $97.5 million after investigations found evidence of, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, improper back-channel communications between the utility company and the California Public Utilities Commission – the same agency issuing the penalty. The Commission unanimously approved the penalty, which requires PG&E to pay $6 million each to the cities ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosions Rock Dallas Community, Killing 12-Year-Old Girl

Three natural gas explosions in the same Dallas neighborhood in two days, including a blast that killed a 12-year-old girl the morning of Feb. 23 and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, are being investigated by federal authorities. The Friday explosion in the Northwest Dallas community just north of Dallas Love Field International Airport killed 12-year-old Linda Rogers, known to her friends and family as Michelita, and injured four of her family members. The explosion also destroyed the home, covering surrounding homes with rubble and debris. According to the Associated Press, firefighters arrived at the scene Friday night to ... Read More

Sunoco Pipeline Spills Concern SE Pennsylvania Communities

Sunoco Pipeline is under fire from community leaders in Southeastern Pennsylvania after spilling drilling mud three times in three days while constructing its Mariner East 2 pipeline. Sunoco is performing horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for its new pipeline, which will run 350 miles from shale deposits on the opposite side of the state, Ohio, and West Virginia, to a refinery in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The pipeline will be used to transport ethane, butane, propane, and other highly volatile fuels underground through densely populated areas, delivering to the coast fuels that are mostly bound for export, not domestic consumption. It’s a ... Read More

Contaminants Found in Area Surrounding Pipeline Construction

The Mariner East 2 pipeline installation in the West Cornwall Township, Pennsylvania area seems to have unearthed toxic contaminants, according to test results. Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline installation has been a controversial decision that many support and many oppose. A simple online search will yield news reports riddled with stories of problems associated with the construction, which began in the summer. Now, supervisors are getting involved due to the number of issues and concerns. “We got involved because of our constituents concerns,” David Lloyd, township supervisor, told ABC27 News. According to Lloyd, the issues began as early as Sept. 11 when debris damaged ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosion Destroys Illinois Home, Killing One

Authorities in Lake County, Illinois said they recovered a badly burned body from the ruins of a home that exploded in Gurnee, Illinois Friday evening when a natural gas pipeline ruptured. Lake County Illinois authorities said they will have to use dental and DNA forensics to positively determine the identity of the person who died in the natural gas explosion, which completely leveled the home and damaged other homes nearby. Gurnee Fire Department Battalion Chief James Pellitteri said authorities who responded to the explosion did not initially think anyone was inside the suburban home but as they worked through the debris ... Read More

Major Refineries and Pipelines Shut Down Amid Texas Floods

The U.S. is bracing for fuel shortages and higher prices at the pump as Hurricane Harvey floods forced the closure of major oil refineries in Houston, including the country’s largest oil refinery and busiest pipelines. Motiva, the largest refinery in the U.S., said early Wednesday that it started closing its Port Arthur refinery “in response to local flood conditions” and that the plant would not reopen until the flood water receded. The plant had been operating on just 40 percent capacity on Tuesday. Half of the other refineries in and around the nation’s oil hub closed as well. The refinery ... Read More