Archive for August 2011

NTSB Rips PG&E, CPUC a New One Over San Bruno Explosion

Aug 31st, 2011 | By Mark
The aftermath of the San Bruno explosion on Sept. 9, 2010, that left 8 people dead and destroyed 38 homes. A California Superior Court judge ruled that PG&E customers will bear nearly half the estimated $2.2 billion it will cost to upgrade the company's natural gas transmission lines to prevent a similar accident in the future.

The National Transportation Safety Board tore into the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) yesterday, citing decades of mismanagement as the probable cause of the massive natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, CA, on Sept. 9, 2010. NTSB Chairperson Deborah Hersman also called out the California
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This Just In: Feds Dramatically Cut Shale Gas Estimates!

Aug 26th, 2011 | By Mark
This map shows the various shale gas plays, as the industry refers to the deposits, that exist throughout the United States. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey has come out with a report that says the amount of recoverable natural gas that exists in the largets, the Marcellus Shale, may be much smaller than previously thought.

To here the natural gas industry tell it, shale gas is the silver bullet that will solve all our country’s energy problems, prod the national economy back into productivity and cure the common cold, all at once. Well, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and such is the case with
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 22, 2011

Aug 24th, 2011 | By Mark
This was a particularly destructive week for natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions.

Okay, so perhaps this post really should be titled, “The Last Two Weeks in Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions,” because what with the recent visit to the White House and all the other content that needed creating, last week’s episode sort of fell by the wayside. Unfortunately, this was a particularly destructive and devastating week
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Straight Outta Connecticut: The Shale Gas Emperor Has No Clothes

Aug 19th, 2011 | By Mark
fracking well graphic

Today, spent the day at the White House in Washington, D.C., participating in the White House Office of Public Engagement‘s Community Leaders Briefing Series. The afternoon was given over to a briefing on energy and environmental policy. The event itself was fascinating and engaging, bringing together a diverse crew of attendees — including elected
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Kinder Morgan, Owner of Illinois Natural Gas Pipeline Co. Where Explosion Occurred, Has Lengthy Record of Pipeline, Workplace Safety Violations

Aug 17th, 2011 | By Mark
An explosion at the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, in Herscher, IL, sent five workers to the hospital on Tuesday. The company is owned by Kinder Morgan.

Kinder Morgan, the company that owns the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, where an explosion sent five employees to the hospital on Tuesday, has a lengthy record of pipeline and workplace safety violations, according to federal records obtained by According to one media account, Tuesday’s accident injured the members of a welding crew
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You Think Contaminated Water is All You’ve Got to Worry About with Fracking? Think Again.

Aug 12th, 2011 | By Mark
NY Gov seal

The natural gas industry has embraced hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it has come to be known in the parlance of our times, and its advocates are actively engaged in positioning it as the silver bullet that will solve virtually all of our nation’s energy woes. But to say that there are legitimate concerns about
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The Documents Chesapeake Energy Doesn’t Want You To See

Aug 11th, 2011 | By Mark
Workers at a natural gas well owned and operated by Chesapeake Energy try to stem the flow of toxic fracking fluid after a blowout sent tens of thousands of gallons of the stuff coursing over fertile Pennsylvania farmland and into a nearby creek. Documents obtaind by reveal the specific contents of the fluid and show exactly how it was used to extract natural gas from rock formations more than two miles below the surface of the Earth.

Chesapeake Energy pumped more than 1.4 million gallons of fluid to a depth of more than 2 miles at a natural gas well in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, before a blowout sent tens of thousands of gallons of the toxic liquid coursing over fertile farmland and into a nearby creek, according to documents obtained by
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Jersey City FD Union Head Says First Responders Would Be Overwhelmed by Failure of Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline

Aug 10th, 2011 | By Mark
Citing budget cuts, the head of Jersey City's firefighters union said the city would be not be able to handle a catastrophic failure of the natural gas pipeline proposed by Spectra Energy to run between New Jersey and New York City.

Citing budget guts that have forced a drawdown in personnel, the head of Jersey City’s firefighters union said recently that first responders would be overwhelmed and unable to handle a disaster in the event of a failure of the proposed Spectra natural gas pipeline there. “Due to the economic recession and budget cuts we are
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 8, 2011

Aug 8th, 2011 | By Mark

Major news in natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions this week, so let’s get right to it, shall we? Of course, the big story was the news that New York’s Millenium Pipeline, which services the state’s Southern Tier, may be riddled with faulty welds and of dubious integrity — or, as the investigating authorities
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Federal Regulators: Millennium Pipeline in New York May Be Riddled With Faulty Welds

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By Mark
Federal regulators have cited the Millennium Pipeline, already subject to a federal consent agreement as a result of previous pipeline safety violations, with additional violations of federal pipeline safety regulations.

Federal regulators suspect that a major natural gas pipeline in New York may be riddled with faulty welds and have ordered the pipeline’s operator to take immediate protective action to prevent a tragedy, according to documents obtained by The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PMHSA) issued the order on July 6, in
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