Archive for April 2011

This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – April 25, 2011

Apr 25th, 2011 | By Mark
A natural gas pipeline owned by Panhandle Eastern Energy, whose natural gas transmission system is shown in this map obtained from the company's website, exploded this morning in rural Illinois.

By staff. A rundown of the leaks and explosions that made headlines around the country during the past week. The Latest: A few minutes after 2 a.m. this morning, a natural gas line in Illinois exploded in rural Scott County, forcing 100 people to evacuate the rural area, according to a report from television
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Chesapeake Energy Stops Fracking Until Cause of Well Explosion is Determined

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By Mark
Chesapeake Energy's Area of Operations, in a graphic obtained from their company website.

Chesapeake Energy, the owners and operators of the fracking well that exploded yesterday in Pennsylvania, have stopped all fracking operations in the company’s Eastern Division until they can figure out why the well exploded. Thousands of gallons of toxic fracking fluid were dispersed into the surrounding area as a result of the explosion, flowing over
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Pacific Gas & Electric CEO to California Public Utilities Commission: FU — Oh, Yeah, and and I’m Retiring and Taking $35 Million With Me!

Apr 22nd, 2011 | By Mark
A massive fireball destroyed a San Bruno neighborhood after a natural gas pipeline owned and operated by PG&E exploded in September of last year.

From the Saw-This-One-Coming-From-A-Mile-Away File: Pacific Gas & Electric executives have pretty much told the members of the California Public Utilities Commission to go screw themselves after the agency asked the utility to produce a complete set of records pertaining to the 1,800 miles of natural gas pipeline that snakes throughout the state. The San Francisco
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Hoping to Prevent a Tragedy, Local and State Legislators are Targeting Leaky and Dangerous Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructures

Apr 22nd, 2011 | By Mark
More than 800 leaks -- nearly half of them found to constitute an immediate threat to life and property -- have been found in the natural gas pipeline infrastructure that serves Moss Point, Mississippi.

By staff State and local legislators in at least two states are looking to natural gas utilities to take care of their aging natural gas infrastructures that are plagued with leaks, spewing volatile methane gas into the atmosphere unchecked, doing serious damage to the environment and posing a major threat to public safety as
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Statement from Chesapeake Energy on Natural Gas Well Explosion in Pennsylvania

Apr 21st, 2011 | By Mark

At 11:56 a.m. this morning, Chesapeake Energy posted this statement to the company’s Facebook page — skip down to the bottom of the statement to get to the good part: they have no idea what caused the explosion, but there’s no danger to the public. So, the question is, then, which Chesapeake exec is going
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On the Anniversary of the BP Explosion, A Natural Gas Well In Pennsylvania Explodes, Spilling Thousands of Gallons of Toxic Fracking Fluid

Apr 21st, 2011 | By Mark
Map of area where a natural gas well exploded today in Pennsylvania as crews were engaged in fracking -- drilling for natural gas by injecting millions of gallons of toxic fluids into the ground to break up rock formations to free natural gas trapped there.

From the cruel irony department: on the one year anniversary of the most notorious natural gas explosion in American history — the BP Deepwater Horizon event that killed 11 workers and spilled God knows how much oil into the Gulf of Mexico along with millions of gallons of “dispersant” meant to spur the cleanup effort
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The Fallout From San Bruno Natural Gas Explosion Continues …

Apr 18th, 2011 | By Mark
The aftermath of a massive natural gas explosion in San Bruno, CA.

More than seven months after a massive natural gas explosion killed eight people and destroyed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, CA, regulators are still going after PG&E to hold the utility accountable. In connection with a recent rate case decision, PG&E will have to file twice yearly safety reports with the California Public Utilities
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WSJ: More California Utilities Can’t Prove Gas-Line Tests; California PUC Approves PG&E Rate Hike

Apr 18th, 2011 | By Mark
Inferno engulfs homes in San Bruno, CA in the aftermath of a massive natural gas explosion there.

According to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal, two more major California natural gas utilities can’t provide state regulators with key safety records because they can’t seem to find them. You can read the whole story here. According to the story: Following the San Bruno accident and urgent recommendations by the National Transportation Safety
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Fracking: Some folks still don’t get it … and one of them writes for the New York Times

Apr 17th, 2011 | By Mark
Tap water in communities where fracking occurs is often flammable, a consequence of the toxic substances and contaminants that are injected into the ground during the fracking process.

By staff In restating his support for fracking because he evidently felt the need to defend himself from the “avalanche of angry e-mails and comments, most of them complaining that I had ignored the environmental dangers of drilling for gas, particularly the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique that involves shooting water
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Fueled by Academic Studies and an Oscar-nominated Film, Democracy For America Comes Out Against “Fracking” for Natural Gas

Apr 12th, 2011 | By Mark
"Fracking," the process of drilling for natural gas using toxic chemicals that poison our air and water in the process that is currently exempted from EPA regulation by a loophole, would be covered by the Safe Water Act under legislation currently pending in Congress.

Democracy For America, the grassroots Democratic PAC founded by former Vermont Gov. and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has come out strong against “fracking” — the process of drilling for natural gas by injecting millions of gallons of toxic chemicals deep underground to break up shale rock formations and release natural gas deposits trapped
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