Virginia: Long-awaited environmental justice study calls for ‘a cultural shift’ at DEQ

Pastor Paul Wilson of Union Hill Baptist Church stands in front of a group protesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Photo© Chesapeake Climate Action Network) Link to original article at Virginia Mercury October 17, 2020 By Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury An 18-month study of how the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality can incorporate environmental justice intoContinue reading “Virginia: Long-awaited environmental justice study calls for ‘a cultural shift’ at DEQ”

Federal court delays stream crossings for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Link to Original Article from The Roanoke Times October 16, 2020 By Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times The on-again, off-again pace of building the Mountain Valley Pipeline is off again. A temporary administrative stay of stream-crossing permits was issued Friday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a brief order, the court saidContinue reading “Federal court delays stream crossings for Mountain Valley Pipeline”

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”

MA: Weymouth Officials, Residents Want To See Gas Company’s Emergency Plan

Workers build the Weymouth Compressor Station on September 18, 2020 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20201006/weymouth-officials-residents-want-to-see-gas-companys-emergency-plan October 6, 2020 By Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger WEYMOUTH — Officials are pushing to get more information on the emergency response plan for the newly-completed natural gas compressor station on the banksContinue reading “MA: Weymouth Officials, Residents Want To See Gas Company’s Emergency Plan”

‘Less-than-ideal bedfellows’: Mountain Valley Pipeline Payout Prompts Criticism

Photo: wikipedia.org October 5, 2020 By Elizabeth McGowan, Energy News Network The Appalachian Trail Conservancy expected scrutiny for accepting a $19.5 million gift from the pipeline’s developer but believes time will show it was the right decision.  Maury Johnson has been tangling with a long, skinny, unwelcome intruder — the Mountain Valley Pipeline — onContinue reading “‘Less-than-ideal bedfellows’: Mountain Valley Pipeline Payout Prompts Criticism”

DEP Orders Sunoco to Reroute Pipeline After Marsh Creek Lake Spill

Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images September 14, 2020 (Updated) By Jon Hurdle, StateImpact Pennsylvania Pennsylvania environmental officials on Friday ordered Sunoco to reroute one of its problem-plagued Mariner East pipelines away from a site where construction spilled more than 8,000 gallons of drilling fluid into a lake and created a 15-foot sink hole. The order from theContinue reading “DEP Orders Sunoco to Reroute Pipeline After Marsh Creek Lake Spill”

Vote Delays New Jersey’s Planned First LNG Terminal on Delaware River

Photo: Center for Liquified Natural Gas https://maritime-executive.com/article/vote-delays-new-jersey-s-planned-first-lng-terminal-on-delaware-river By The Maritime Executive , September 10, 2020 Plans for a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal to be located on the Delaware River were again stalled today as the commission overseeing the river voted to delay its initial approval of the project pending an appeal from an environmental group. TheContinue reading “Vote Delays New Jersey’s Planned First LNG Terminal on Delaware River”

No ‘bomb trains’: 14 states aim to take new rule on LNG transport off the rails

https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2020/08/21/no-bomb-trains-14-states-aim-to-take-new-rule-on-lng-transport-off-the-rails/ August 21, 2020 By Hannah Chinn/WHYY Fourteen states — including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware — and the District of Columbia have filed a legal challenge to a new federal rule that would allow trains to carry liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the country. The states’ move coincides with a petition filed by environmental organizations that alsoContinue reading “No ‘bomb trains’: 14 states aim to take new rule on LNG transport off the rails”

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”