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”

Pennsylvania: Family that Lost Hundreds of Trees to Failed Pipeline Project Settles with Company, Gets Land Back

Photo: Angela Vogel https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2020/07/03/family-lost-hundreds-of-trees-to-failed-pipeline-project-settles-with-company-gets-land-back/ By Susan Phillips, State Impact Pennsylvania, July 3, 2020 A Northeastern Pennsylvania family who watched as work crews, accompanied by armed federal marshals, destroyed their budding maple tree farm to make way for the failed Constitution Pipeline has settled with the company Williams for an undisclosed amount. A federal court hasContinue reading “Pennsylvania: Family that Lost Hundreds of Trees to Failed Pipeline Project Settles with Company, Gets Land Back”

Energy Companies Abandon Long-Delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Photo: Steve Helber, AP file photo https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/atlantic-coast-pipeline-canceled/2020/07/05/da1c0f40-bef5-11ea-b178-bb7b05b94af1_story.html By Erin Cox and Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, July 5, 2020 The two energy companies behind the controversial 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Sunday abandoned their six-year bid to build it, saying the project has become too costly and the regulatory environment too uncertain to justify further investment. The natural-gasContinue reading “Energy Companies Abandon Long-Delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline”

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”

NTSB Pipeline Preliminary Report: Enbridge Inc. Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture and Fire in Hillsboro, KY on May 4, 2020

Fleming County, Kentucky hillside burnt by gas pipeline rupture and fire on May 4, 2020. Photo: Screencapture Via WLEX https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/PLD20LR001-preliminary-report.aspx Executive Summary The information in this report is preliminary and will be either supplemented or corrected during the course of the investigation On May 4, 2020, at 4:36 p.m. local time, a 30-inch-diameter natural gasContinue reading “NTSB Pipeline Preliminary Report: Enbridge Inc. Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture and Fire in Hillsboro, KY on May 4, 2020”