PHMSA Advisories Target Distribution Pipeline Meters and Overpressure Protection

Flower Branch apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland, site of a deadly 2016 gas explosion. Photo: Jabin Botsford/Washington Post October 7, 2020 By Catherine D. Little, Annie M. Cook & Viktoriia De Las Casas in PIPELAWS.com The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued two Advisory Bulletins directed to natural gas distribution pipeline owners and operators. PHMSAContinue reading “PHMSA Advisories Target Distribution Pipeline Meters and Overpressure Protection”

SAN BRUNO VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE LONG-OVERDUE ACTION

September 9, 2020 By Member Jennifer Homendy, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Compass Today marks 10 years since the devastating natural gas pipeline rupture that shattered a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, California. The September 9, 2010, explosion destroyed 38 homes and damaged 70 others. Even worse, 8 people were killed, 10 people sustained seriousContinue reading “SAN BRUNO VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE LONG-OVERDUE ACTION”

Hundreds clean up site of deadly Baltimore explosion as neighbors raise funds for families in need

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-cleanup-sidewalk-sale-northwest-baltimore-gas-explosion-20200816-b54ciuc5cbghtashjjlwkv34h4-story.html August 16, 2020 By DANIEL OYEFUSI, BALTIMORE SUN Hundreds of Baltimore City residents, neighbors across the county line and others gathered Sunday afternoon to stage a cleanup effort and sidewalk sale to support survivors of last Monday’s gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore that killed two and injured seven. Dozens of volunteers in neon green vests spread out on theContinue reading “Hundreds clean up site of deadly Baltimore explosion as neighbors raise funds for families in need”

Death Toll Rises to 2 People from Baltimore Gas Explosion

Photo: Julio Cortez/Associated Press https://gazette.com/ap/state/death-toll-rises-to-2-people-from-baltimore-gas-explosion/article_97f62928-60d1-5af4-af9e-0200c6661300.html August 11, 2020 By JULIO CORTEZ and NATHAN ELLGREN Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Two people are now confirmed dead following a natural gas explosion that destroyed three row houses in Baltimore and sent seven people to the hospital, authorities said Tuesday. A man was pulled from the debris shortlyContinue reading “Death Toll Rises to 2 People from Baltimore Gas Explosion”

A gas explosion destroyed part of a Baltimore neighborhood. Here are ways to avoid or safely deal with gas leaks

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-gas-explosion-leaks-prevention-northwest-baltimore-20200810-hqjziudxibb2zjbmy4fqmrvpvq-story.html August 10, 2020 By CHRISTINE CONDON, BALTIMORE SUN  At least one woman is dead and several other people are seriously injured after a gas explosion Monday morning that decimated three homes near the Reisterstown Road Plaza shopping center in Northwest Baltimore. While the cause of the explosion still isn’t clear, homeowners should be mindful of theContinue reading “A gas explosion destroyed part of a Baltimore neighborhood. Here are ways to avoid or safely deal with gas leaks”

Industry Seeks Flexibility in Federal Pipeline Safety Rules for Rupture Response

Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/industry-seeks-flexibility-in-federal-pipeline-safety-rules-for-rupture-response-59564018 July 23, 2020 By Tom DiChristopher, S&P Global Market Intelligence Proposed federal rules governing the response of natural gas pipeline operators to ruptures on their systems could have unintended consequences if the rules do not allow the companies adequate flexibility, the gas industry warned. In lodging their concerns, industry representatives sought to influence the finalContinue reading “Industry Seeks Flexibility in Federal Pipeline Safety Rules for Rupture Response”

Wisconsin: Michigan Excavation Firm Sanctioned in Fatal Sun Prairie Explosion Yet to Pay $25,000 Fine

Photo: John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal Archives https://wkow.com/2020/07/10/firm-sanctioned-in-sun-prairie-explosion-yet-to-pay-25000-fine/ By Toni Galli, WKOW, July 10, 2020 SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) – The company found to have improperly done underground excavation before a deadly explosion in Sun Prairie in 2018 has yet to pay a state-ordered fine of $25,000. “Two years later, they’ve yet to pay that fine,”Continue reading “Wisconsin: Michigan Excavation Firm Sanctioned in Fatal Sun Prairie Explosion Yet to Pay $25,000 Fine”

Columbia Gas Sentenced in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley

Photo: Nina Flores and jliss 1979 via CNN June 23, 2020 U.S. Department of Justice Press Release Company to sell its business in Massachusetts and pay $53 million fine, the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the Pipeline Safety Act BOSTON – Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) was sentenced today in connection with the gasContinue reading “Columbia Gas Sentenced in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley”

Maryland: In Wake of Fatal Explosion, PSC Pushes for Answers on Stalled Equipment Replacement Program

In 2016, the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland explosion killed seven people and destroyed two buildings. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/Washington Post) By Vicki Warren, Maryland Matters, May 28, 2020 Four years after a fatal explosion at a Silver Spring apartment complex, the Maryland Public Service Commission is trying to find a way to remedyContinue reading “Maryland: In Wake of Fatal Explosion, PSC Pushes for Answers on Stalled Equipment Replacement Program”

NEWS ALERT: PHMSA Announces Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Thursday, May 28, 2020Contact: Ben Kochman, DOT/PHMSA202-366-4831 PHMSA is proposing a number of amendments to modernize federal pipeline safety regulations that would reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens consistent with E.O. 13771, 13777, and 13783. PHMSA considered public comments on DOT notices on regulatory reform, petitions for rulemaking, and PHMSA’s own review of existing regulations to identify areas whereContinue reading “NEWS ALERT: PHMSA Announces Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform Notice of Proposed Rulemaking”