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NTSB Preparing To Report On Deadly Maryland Apartment Explosion

Federal investigators are expected to release a preliminary report any day that could cast some light on what triggered a massive natural gas explosion that destroyed a Maryland apartment building, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to issue its first report sometime within the next 14 business days.  The report will detail the probable cause of the deadly blast at the Flower Branch apartment complex in Silver Spring, an NTSB official told the Montgomery (Maryland) County Council Tuesday. The NTSB, an investigative agency typically associated with probes of significant surface transportation and ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Repairs Gas Line Break, Ready To Resume Operations

The owner of the gasoline pipeline that broke in Shelby County, Ala., earlier this month, setting off fuel shortages throughout the Southeast, said its work on a line bypassing the broken section is complete and it will reopen the gas line today. Colonial Pipeline said its crews have been working “around the clock” to get the broken pipeline back in order and keep fuel flowing to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The line that broke serves as the main gasoline artery for much of the Eastern Seaboard, extending from Houston, Texas, to New York. The breach was detected on ... Read More

Fuel Crisis Widens After Major Gas Pipeline Break in Alabama

Governors of six states have declared a state of emergency in the wake of a major gas pipeline break south of Birmingham, Ala., that is leaving many gas stations low on gas or dry at the pump. Governors of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia declared emergencies to prepare for a potential fuel crisis posed by a breach in the main artery that connects refineries in Houston to states along the Eastern Seaboard up to New York. The gas spill was first detected on Sept. 9 by an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission performing a ... Read More

Damaged Pipeline Releases Crude Oil spill Off Louisiana Coast

A ship performing excavation work off the Louisiana coast struck an oil pipeline Monday morning, setting off an oil spill that released more than 5,000 gallons of crude. The U.S. Coast Guard said that the pipeline, owned by Harvest Pipeline Company, discharged about 5,300 gallons of crude oil 590 miles south of New Orleans and 12 miles east of Grand Isle after it was damaged by a vessel operated by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. The Coast Guard received a call about the oil spill just after 10 a.m. Monday. Coast Guard officials said Great Lake Dredge and Dock ... Read More

PG&E Found Guilty Of Criminal Obstruction In San Bruno Blast Trial

A federal jury found Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility company, guilty of obstructing investigators probing a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled dozens of homes in the San Francisco Bay area. The criminal trial ended Tuesday with the utility convicted of six charges, including one charge that it obstructed a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) official investigating the blasts, which occurred on Sept. 9 in San Bruno, just south of San Francisco. The other five charges stemmed from federal pipeline safety violations. Federal prosecutors argued during the trial that PG&E intentionally misled federal ... Read More

Ventura, California, Oil Spill Cleanup Could Continue For Weeks

The cleanup of an oil spill that released about 45,000 gallons of crude June 23 near a Ventura, Calif., neighborhood could continue for several more weeks, local news sources reported. According to KCOY Channel 12 Santa Barbara, more than 150 workers continue to clean up the spill, which erupted from an underground pipeline owned by Crimson Pipeline of Denver, Colo. The oil formed a small lake near a Hall Canyon Road neighborhood and traveled several hundred yards down a dry barranca. Unlike last year’s Plains All American Pipeline spill in Santa Barbara, the Crimson Pipeline spill in Ventura did not ... Read More

Pipeline Safety Agency Reauthorized, New Measures Introduced In Wake of SoCalGas Co. Disaster

A bipartisan effort to improve oil and gas industry safety concluded June 22 with President Obama signing a bill to reauthorize the Transportation Department’s Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration through 2019. In addition to renewing the federal pipeline safety agency, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (“PIPES Act”) of 2016 also introduces new safety and regulatory provisions aimed at preventing disasters like Southern California Gas  (SoCalGas) Co.’s Aliso Canyon gas leak, which forced the evacuation of thousands of Porter Ranch residents while it blasted more than 100,000 metric tons of methane gas and 10 million tons ... Read More

California Pipeline Breach Causes Another Major Shell Oil Spill

A Shell pipeline that ruptured underground near Tracy, Calif., May 20 is the same pipeline that ruptured in the same general area eight months ago, company officials confirmed. Both spills released an estimated 20,000 gallons of crude oil or more. The pipeline breach occurred in a two-foot diameter pipeline that runs about 200 miles from Martinez, Calif., northeast of Berkeley to Coalinga, southwest of Fresno. The spill was first reported about 3 a.m. Friday after Shell detected a loss of pipeline pressure. A preliminary test found a split of approximately 18 to 20 inches in length in the pipeline near Interstate 580 ... Read More

$1-Million Settlement Reached Over Deadly Pennsylvania Propane Explosion

The state of Pennsylvania and the corporate owner of a Hickory Hills, Penn., mobile home park have reached a tentative $1 million settlement over a series of safety and code violations that led to a deadly propane explosion. The agreement comes before a scheduled hearing in August to determine whether Indiana-based Continental Communities, which owns the Hickory Hills mobile home park where the 2014 blast occurred, would have to pay a $2 million fine proposed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). Hickory Hills resident William Neith, 65, was killed on Feb. 14, 2014, when a faulty pipeline leading to ... Read More

Pennsylvania Pipeline Blast Damages Homes, Seriously Burns One Man

A natural gas pipeline exploded at a gas facility in a Southwestern Pennsylvania town Friday, generating a massive fireball that demolished a nearby home, damaged several others, and left a resident with serious burn injuries. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection reported that the pipeline blast occurred in a 36-inch pipeline at a complex owned by Texas Eastern Transmission, a unit of Spectra Energy Corp. of Houston, in Salem Township, about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh. Some local residents told the York (Pennsylvania) Dispatch that they always feared something could happen at the gas complex, and on Friday morning around 8:30 ... Read More