Archive for February 2011

Some Local Officials Are Starting to Get It

Feb 27th, 2011 | By Mark

If the number of recent, deadly natural gas explosions that have occurred in this country is any indication, there are big problems underground, and some local officials in Fairhope, Alabama are concerned enough that they raised the topic publicly at a recent public meeting. Here’s a link to a very short video of that discussion;
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Feds Don’t Have the Manpower to Investigate PA Natural Gas Explosions

Feb 25th, 2011 | By Mark

You know it’s bad when natural gas pipelines are exploding so routinely that federal investigators can’t keep up with all of them — but that’s exactly what’s happening in the United States right now. The chairperson of the National Transportation Safety Board, Deborah Hersman, told the Associated Press that “it’s been a particularly bad year
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Mainstream Media Beginning to Pay Attention to Rash of Natural Gas Explosions?

Feb 25th, 2011 | By Mark
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With natural gas leaks and explosions occurring with disturbing regularity, more of the mainstream media is beginning to take notice and ask questions. In Pennsylvania, for example, WGAL-TV8 ran a story about inspecting that state’s natural gas pipelines. It’s a decent piece, but doesn’t really do much more than take the natural gas company’s word
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Newly Released Recordings Show Chaotic Aftermath of Detroit Natural Gas Explosion

Feb 25th, 2011 | By Mark
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Newly released audio and visual recording from the natural gas explosion that leveled a Detroit furniture store on Dec. 29, 2010, killing two of the stores employees, reveals the awesome power of the blast and the chaos that followed. You can see the footage and hear the recordings here.



Weekend Roundup: Explosions and Leaks Galore!

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By Mark
Methane is a greenhouse gas that is exponentially more destructive to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

It was a big weekend for natural gas explosions and leaks in North America, with so many incidents happening all over the place it was hard to keep up with them all – but we did our best. First, there was a great editorial on Friday in The Post, out of Bridegport, CT, called, “We’ll
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Natural Gas May Not Be All It’s Fracked Up to Be …

Feb 18th, 2011 | By Mark
Many environmentalists believe that "fracking" for natural gas contaminates our water supply.

By naturalgaswatch.org staff Once upon a time, natural gas – encouraged by pie-in-the-sky marketing and Astroturf campaigns run by the natural gas industry, was viewed as the “green” fuel of choice. No longer. Environmentalists, it seems, have woken up to the fact that there’s a tremendous carbon cost associated with getting that fuel out of
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Aging Cast Iron Natural Gas Pipes Could be Ticking Time Bomb In PA

Feb 15th, 2011 | By Mark

On Wednesday night last week, a massive natural gas explosion destroyed an entire city block in Allentown, PA, and killed five people. Officials looking into the nature of the blast have attributed aging cast iron pipes as one likely cause, according to a story in the Allentown Morning Call. The story states that, “Not including
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Ohio paper: three natural gas blasts in three weeks should be cause for concern

Feb 15th, 2011 | By Mark

As the damage from natural gas explosions around the country continues to mount, an Ohio newspaper weighs in with a call for greater regulation of an industry that seems to be out of control. Read the editorial here.



Confidence in Natural Gas Slips, According to Federal Regulators

Feb 15th, 2011 | By Mark

Consumer confidence in the safety of natural gas is slipping after a series of high-profile, deadly explosions, said federal regulators, who urged state utility inspectors to “step up our game,” according to a recent story in Platts, a trade journal that tracks the energy industry. According to the Platts story, Rhode Island Public Utility Commissioner
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Con Edison: Nothing to See Here, Move Along …

Feb 15th, 2011 | By Mark

According to a story published this morning on New York City’s NBC website, the Big Apple natural gas infrastructure is plagued by an astonishing amount of leaks — nearly 2,500 of them last year alone. We’re no mathematicians, but a quick, back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that that figure breaks down to about seven leaks a day!
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