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”

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”

Digging blind: Wisconsin allows drillers to flout state law — sometimes with deadly results

Photo: Amber Arnold / State Journal By Parker Schorr, The Cap Times Apr 22, 2020 Jim and Calvin Jensen surveyed an intersection for a job installing fiber optic cable in Sun Prairie during the summer of 2018. They did not like what they saw. The dense suburb east of Madison featured older building stock, andContinue reading “Digging blind: Wisconsin allows drillers to flout state law — sometimes with deadly results”

Natural Gas Infrastructure Threatens Shareholder Value, Contributes to Climate Breakdown

Photo: greentechmedia.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Stefanie Spear, sspear@asyousow.org, 216-387-1609 BERKELEY, CA—MARCH 4, 2020—Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow and nonpartisan policy think-tank Energy Innovation today released Natural Gas: A Bridge to Climate Breakdown, a report addressing the opportunities presented by the clean energy transition and the risk of overreliance on natural gas forContinue reading “Natural Gas Infrastructure Threatens Shareholder Value, Contributes to Climate Breakdown”

API Issues Technical Standards for Only Larger-Sized Rural Gas Gathering Lines

Photo: Camp Viejo gas plant and gathering system/StakeholderMidstream.com Mike Soraghan, E&E News reporterPublished: Thursday, April 2, 2020 https://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1062753911 An oil and gas industry group has issued new guidelines for large gathering lines, which carry natural gas from well sites to processing facilities. But the new industry standard excludes gathering lines less than 12 inches in diameter, disappointing pipelineContinue reading “API Issues Technical Standards for Only Larger-Sized Rural Gas Gathering Lines”

Implementing the Recently Published Gas Transmission and Hazardous Liquid Final Rules- Documents Now Available

On February 26 & 27, 2020 PHMSA held public meetings for Pipeline Safety officials to discuss with pipeline safety stakeholders the implementation of the gas transmission and the hazardous liquid pipeline final rules published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2019. PHMSA made available for comment draft frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers forContinue reading “Implementing the Recently Published Gas Transmission and Hazardous Liquid Final Rules- Documents Now Available”