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N.Y. building collapse: Feds probe responsiveness of gas company

Mar 14th, 2014 | By admin
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US officials are investigating how the local utility responded to complaints of gas odors before the blast and building collapse killed seven. The nation’s aging infrastructure poses a growing risk, experts say. By Harry Bruinius, Staff Writer / March 13, 2014 New York Federal officials investigating the gas leak and deadly explosion that collapsed two
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Philadelphia mayor strikes deal to sell utility

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By admin
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RON TODT Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city’s distressed pension fund would get an injection of $424 million under a proposal for UIL Holdings Corp. to buy the city-owned gas utility for $1.86 billion, the mayor announced Monday. Mayor Michael Nutter said the deal, which requires the approval of City Council and state utility
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HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO REPAIR NATURAL GAS LEAKS

Feb 13th, 2014 | By admin
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Legislation cleared the House Wednesday that outlines a process under which utilities would be held accountable for repairing thousands of underground natural gas leaks, with supporters saying the bill could save lives by preventing explosions. Proponents of the bill, long pushed by Marblehead Rep. Lori Ehrlich, said $40 million is wasted each year due to
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Gas leak fix bill on move in House

Feb 5th, 2014 | By Mark
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STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 27, 2014……Legislation to tamp down subterranean natural gas leaks cleared a powerful House committee Monday without the inclusion of a controversial measure smoothing the way for a proposed Salem power plant. A completed House Ways and Means Committee poll showed unanimous support for a bill (H 3765) that requires utility companies
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Feds Cite New York Natural Gas Company for Failure to Keep Records, Inspect Pipelines

Sep 24th, 2013 | By Mark
Corroded natural gas pipelines like the one pictured here can become dangerous sources of natural gas leaks and explosions if inadequately monitored.

Federal regulators are seeking more than $25,000 in fines from Central New York Oil & Gas (CNYO&G) in connection with a handful of pipeline safety violations at their facility in Owego, NY, according to documents obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org. Ed. note: If you enjoy the content and coverage you get here at NaturalGasWatch.org, please take a
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Indiana State Regulators Move to Prevent a PG&E-Style Natural Gas Explosion From Happening In Their State

Jul 30th, 2013 | By Mark
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After a massive natural gas explosion killed eight people and razed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, California, nearly three years ago, an investigation into the incident revealed that records kept by the natural gas pipeline’s operator, PG&E, were at best inadequate and in many cases non-existent. This fact apparently was not lost on natural
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Spectra Energy Employee: We Never Bothered to Check Natural Gas Pipeline for Corrosion

Jun 19th, 2013 | By Mark
Corroded natural gas pipelines like the one pictured here can become dangerous sources of natural gas leaks and explosions if inadequately monitored.

A Spectra Energy employee acknowledged to federal inspectors that the company never conducted key tests for corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that was already operating at excess capacity, according to documents recently obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org. Ed. note: If you enjoy the content and coverage you get here at NaturalGasWatch.org, please take a moment to
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“Gasland” Film Maker Turns His Lens to Worker Safety in the Gas Fields

Feb 19th, 2013 | By Mark
Workers at hydraulic fracturing rigs are often exposed to hazardous materials on the job. In this photo, provided by the National Institute of Occuaptional Safety and Health, a worker is at risk for exposure to silica, a fine quartz dust that can cause silicosis, a incurable and fatal lung condition that slowly suffocates its victims by reducing the lungs' capacity to absorb oxygen.

Academy-award nominated filmmaker Josh Fox will soon release a short film called CJ’s Law that he hopes will shine a light on the workplace safety hazards faced every day by workers in the gas fields. The legislation at the heart of the film, S3466-2013, also known as CJ’s Law, would establish basic workplace safety protections
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Feds Investigate Natural Gas Price-Fixing Allegations

Feb 16th, 2013 | By Mark
Federal regulators are investigating irregular price swings in the natural gas markets, according to a story published in the Wall Street Journal recently.

Federal regulators are looking into volatile price swings in the natural gas commodities market that occurred during the past 12 months in connection with the release of weekly natural gas inventory information, according to an article published in The Wall Street Journal this morning. Ed. note: If you enjoy the content you get here at
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Feds: Spectra Energy Delayed Critical Natural Gas Pipeline Repairs, Maintenance for Years in Pennsylvania

Jan 24th, 2013 | By Mark
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Spectra Energy, the company that is currently constructing a large, high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline between New Jersey and lower Manhattan, allegedly put off critical repairs and maintenance to its natural gas transmission system in Pennsylvania for more than four years, from July 2008 to August 2012, even though the company’s own testing indicated a
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