Archive for September 2011

NTSB Releases Full Report on PG&E’s San Bruno Natural Gas Explosion

Sep 26th, 2011 | By Mark
A natural gas explosion of a pipeline owned and operated by the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. killed eight people and levelled an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, California, last year.

A few weeks ago, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report ripping the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) and 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
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Feds Hit Maine Natural Gas Pipeline Operators With Serious Safety Violations

Sep 20th, 2011 | By Mark
The Portland Natural Gas Transmission System has been cited for a potentially serious natural gas pipeline safety violation by federal regualtors.

Even as Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he’s looking to expand the use of natural gas in the state, one of Maine’s largest natural gas transmission pipeline operators has been cited for a potentially serious pipeline safety violation by a federal regulatory agency. Specifically, the federal Pipeline Hazards and Materials Safety Administration cited the Portland
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The Shale Gas Industry: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Sep 15th, 2011 | By Mark
Hydraulic fracturing explained in a simple, easy-to-read graphic.

The recently concluded shale gas conference in Denver, Colorado, was a two-day journey deep into the heart of the hydraulic fracturing industry, filled with highly technical presentations on aspects of a business that normally are not meant for public viewing. Organized and presented by Marcus Evans, the “Enhancing Shale Oil & Gas Development Strategies” conference
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NYC’s Sane Energy Project Working Hard to Generate Comments on Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Sep 13th, 2011 | By Mark

Last week, on the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno explosion, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released it’s draft Environmental Impact Statement on the massive new natural gas pipeline that Spectra Energy proposes to build between New Jersey and New York City. To date, most of the opposition to the project has been coming from
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Shale Gas Industry Insider: We Are Losing the Messaging War on Fracking

Sep 13th, 2011 | By Mark
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The shale gas industry has had its collective ass kicked, and kicked hard, by Gasland and others opposed to hydraulic fracturing and needs to redefine its core messages to defuse a burgeoning negative public perception of the controversial drilling technique, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) said
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – September 12, 2011

Sep 12th, 2011 | By Mark
On the one-year anniversary of the devastating natural gas explosion in San Bruno, California, natural gas leaks and explosions continue to occur with depressing regularity throughout the country. It's really not a question of if, but when, there will be another tragedy on the order of the one that took the lives of eight people in San Bruno last year. Photo courtesy of KGO-TV.

On the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno natural gas explosion, which killed 8 people and destroyed an entire neighborhood, natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions continue to occur with alarming regularity around the country. A natural gas explosion leveled a Long Island, New York, home around 1 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday,
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Omaha, Nebraska, Elected Officials Gamble With Public Safety

Sep 11th, 2011 | By Mark
Omaha Metropolitan Utility District board members voted to outsource public safety by putting a natural gas infrastructure replacement project in the hands of private contractors. Photo courtesy of KRVN.

Clearly, the members of the Omaha’s Metropolitan Utility District are willing to gamble with the public safety when it comes to natural gas infrastructure. Currently, Omaha’s natural gas infrastructure is updated and maintained by workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1521. They have an exceptional safety record to date and members must
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FERC Set to Approve Massive NY/NJ Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Sep 9th, 2011 | By Mark
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will probably give preliminary approval today to a massive new natural gas pipeline that would run between New Jersey and New York City. Shortly before 9 a.m. this morning, FERC issued a notice saying that the draft Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the project, to be built by Spectra Energy, has
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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Con’t …

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By Mark
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So on Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board releases its report detailing its investigation into last year’s natural gas explosion in San Bruno. The document is devastating to PG&E, citing the utility for a culture of mismanagement and and an overall lackadaisical approach to pipeline safety issues. And 24 hours after that report came out,
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