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”

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases New Guidance Document for Boards of Directors and Executives Focused on High Hazard Accident Prevention in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

Photo: Kris Krug Washington, D.C. – May 14, 2020 The CSB has released a new guidance document entitled, “CSB Best Practice Guidance for Corporate Boards of Directors and Executives in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry for Major Accident Prevention.” The new seven-page document is focused on the importance of the role of boards of directors and executivesContinue reading “U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases New Guidance Document for Boards of Directors and Executives Focused on High Hazard Accident Prevention in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry”

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”

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”