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”

US Coast Guard: ‘All four missing crewmen have been recovered’ after the pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi

https://www.kiiitv.com/article/news/local/texas/bodies-of-2-crew-members-who-went-missing-after-explosion-recovered-2-remain-missing/503-03ba0939-575d-4d87-a8da-f41f2ec33ff3 UPDATE: Monday, August 24 – 2:45 p.m. By KIII-TV CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The search for the four crew members that began Friday, August 24, has ended as the United States Coast Guard was able to locate the missing crew. “Coast Guard and salvage crews recovered the bodies of the two remaining crew membersContinue reading “US Coast Guard: ‘All four missing crewmen have been recovered’ after the pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi”

A Look Back: 10 years After The Largest Inland Oil Spill In The U.S.

Photo: NTSB https://www.wkar.org/post/look-back-10-years-after-largest-inland-oil-spill-us#stream/0 July 23, 2020 By Rebecca Williams, Michigan Radio The worst oil spill into an inland waterway in U.S. history happened right here in Michigan, 10 years ago. It happened on a Sunday evening: 5:58 p.m. on July 25, 2010. Enbridge’s Line 6B was carrying diluted bitumen. It’s a dark, thick oil fromContinue reading “A Look Back: 10 years After The Largest Inland Oil Spill In The U.S.”

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”

Colorado: Federal report on fatal Firestone explosion blames gas leak, government approval to build homes without pipeline maps

By JOHN AGUILAR | jaguilar@denverpost.com | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: October 29, 2019 at 10:44 am | UPDATED: October 30, 2019 at 9:42 am The federal investigation into the 2017 explosion that killed two people and destroyed a home in Firestone determined the likely cause was a natural gas leak through a pipeline that had been severed during construction of the homeContinue reading “Colorado: Federal report on fatal Firestone explosion blames gas leak, government approval to build homes without pipeline maps”

Overpressurized Gas Distribution System Caused Explosions, Fires: Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

National Transportation Safety Board News Release September 24, 2019 The National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ deficiencies in management and oversight led to overpressurization of a natural gas distribution system which resulted in a series of fires and explosions in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. The Sept. 13, 2018, accident occurred after high-pressure natural gas wasContinue reading “Overpressurized Gas Distribution System Caused Explosions, Fires: Columbia Gas of Massachusetts”