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Natural Gas Line Suspected in Explosion of San Clemente House

It was a sad day on Avenida Dolores in San Clemente, California, early Thursday morning when an apparent natural gas explosion destroyed a family home. Although the home and everything inside was reduced to fiery ruins, the couple and their dogs made it out physically unscathed. Diane Alajoki told CBS Los Angeles that she and her partner were packing for a trip early Thursday morning when they felt an enormous blast. Not knowing what had happened, Ms. Alajoki said she thought maybe something had hit the house. “I laid down just before getting in the shower, and this explosion happened,” Ms. ... Read More

Deadly Natural Gas Explosion Leads To New Pipeline Safety Rules In Colorado

Colorado has announced new gas pipeline safety measures that could be adopted in the wake of a natural gas explosion that killed two people in their home in April. According to the Coloradoan, Governor John Hickenlooper said that the new regulations would require energy utilities to mark the location of underground lines at the property owner’s request. In the weeks following the deadly blast, Governor Hickenlooper originally called for a comprehensive state map of flow lines that could be publicly available. But on Tuesday he said “there are a lot of concerns about having a database like that available, of ... Read More

NTSB Reports on Natural Gas Explosion at Minneapolis School

Federal investigators have issued a preliminary report on the natural gas explosion that killed two people and injured nine others in a Minneapolis private school Aug. 2. The blast occurred at the Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School campus at 10:22 a.m. School students were still on vacation at the time, but some students and staff were in the building at the time for sports and other activities. “At the time of the explosion, two workers were installing new piping to support the relocation of gas meters from the basement of the building to the outside,” the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ... Read More

NTSB Says Workers Were Moving Natural Gas Meter When School Exploded

A natural gas explosion that ripped through a private Minneapolis school Aug. 2, killing two school employees and injuring nine others, occurred when utility workers were moving a gas meter, federal investigators said Friday. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team of investigators arrived at Minnehaha Academy’s upper campus in south Minneapolis Aug. 3 for a preliminary look at the blast site, which set part of the building ablaze, causing a partial collapse. “We understand that this explosion happened in the course of moving a gas meter; that’s what we’ll be exploring starting tomorrow,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said during ... Read More

Gas Explosion Kills worker, Damages Homes in Pennsylvania

A natural gas explosion in a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-area home that killed one person and injured three others also left several neighboring homes badly damaged Sunday, July 2. UGI Utility workers were inside a Manor Township home investigating a reported gas leak when an explosion leveled the house and rocked the neighborhood. The blast killed UGI worker Richard A. Bouder, 54, at the scene. Three other UGI workers were injured, including one seriously. The other two workers are in stable condition. According to Lancaster Online, in addition to destroying a house owned by Jeannine Hughes, the explosion severely damaged four nearby ... Read More

Feds Keep Order Barring Pipeline Construction After Ohio Spill

Federal energy regulators refused to lift a May 10 order barring Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) from resuming construction on parts of its $4.2 billion Rover pipeline in Ohio until the company addresses recent spills that released millions of gallons of toxic drilling fluids into environmentally sensitive areas. Energy Transfer Partners, the corporation that is building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 25 to alter the order prohibiting it from performing further horizontal directional drilling in certain parts of the pipeline’s path. According to Law 360, ETP argued that the stall escalated the ... Read More

North Dakota Oil Spill Pollutes Little Missouri River Tributary

An oil spill in western North Dakota released more than a thousand gallons of a crude oil and salt water mixture before it was discovered Saturday, April 22, polluting a tributary of the Little Missouri River. According to the Associated Press, the pipeline released an estimated 756 gallons of oil and 294 gallons of salt water, a drilling byproduct, contaminating a 14-mile stretch of Little Beaver Creek. North Dakota’s Department of Health estimated that about 100 gallons of that mixture entered the tributary. The owner of the pipeline, Continental Resources of Oklahoma City, said Wednesday, April 26, that the cause ... Read More

Another Hilcorp Pipeline Break Reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Pipeline owner Hilcorp, already under fire for an ongoing gas leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, is now dealing with another oil spill in the same pristine body of water that’s home to a diversity of marine life, including an endangered population of beluga whales. The new Hilcorp Alaska pipeline spill was discovered Saturday as a sheen spread across the surface that dissipated shortly after being spotted. Hilcorp said it shut down the 8-inch diameter oil line, which runs for miles on the floor of Cook Inlet between two production platforms. Hilcorp said it removed all oil from the pipeline and ... Read More

North Dakota’s December Oil Spill Three Times Larger Than First Estimated

Updated estimates show a pipeline oil spill that occurred in western North Dakota in December was three times larger than first estimated, making it one of the largest spills in the state’s history. North Dakota’s spill investigation manager Bill Suess estimates that 529,839 gallons of oil were released from the Belle Fourche Pipeline, more than triple the original estimate of about 176,000 gallons. Estimates could rise again in the future because they don’t include a hillside area of the spill that could contain about another 100,000 gallons of oil. North Dakota’s largest oil spill occurred in September 2013 when pipeline ... Read More

Abandoned Hilcorp Well source of oil spill in Southern Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy, and a handful of oil remediation companies are working to contain a natural gas and oil spill on the lower Mississippi river near Venice, Louisiana. The oil spill, which as of Wednesday covered about eight square miles of water and wetlands, was first reported on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, from an abandoned wellhead owned by Hilcorp, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Hilcorp told the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center that it had secured the old wellhead at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. First estimates reported the well released ... Read More