Archive for March 2012

Owner of PA Natural Gas Facility that Exploded Has Lengthy Record of Pipeline Safety Violations

Mar 30th, 2012 | By Mark
The natural gas compressor station that exploded in northeastern Pennsylvania yesterday fed natural gas into the Transco pipeline, also owned by Williams.

Williams Partners L.P., the owner/operator of the natural gas compressor station that exploded yesterday in northeastern Pennsylvania has a history of serious natural gas pipeline safety violations, according to records obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Corrective Action Order to Williams Partners on Dec. 6, 2011, in
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Natural Gas Compressor Station Explodes in Pennsylvania

Mar 29th, 2012 | By Mark

A natural gas compressor station in northeastern Pennsylvania has exploded, according to reports from the Associated Press and other media outlets. A compressor station is a facility that takes natural gas from gathering lines coming in from natural gas wells and pressurizes it for movement through transmission pipelines. Other media outlets are reporting that the
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Feds Raise Questions About TransCanada Natural Gas Pipeline Operator Qualifications

Mar 29th, 2012 | By Mark
TransCanada's Northern Border Pipeline Co. operates natural gas pipelines located throughout the Midwest. Federal pipeline safety regulators recently raised questions about the qualifications of the company's natural gas pipeline operators and the company's ability to demonstrate that personnel are qualified to perform key operations tasks.

Federal pipeline safety watchdogs have cited a natural gas subsidiary of TransCanada, the corporation behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, for alleged inadequacies in the company’s Operator Qualifications Plans and Procedures, according to documents obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org. A PHMSA spokesperson told NaturalGasWatch.org that TransCanada was, “missing some records.” “They were unable to demonstrate that all
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – March 26, 2012

Mar 26th, 2012 | By Mark
gasleak_graphic

A vacant house exploded in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 21, according to a report an Associated Press (AP) report. There were no injuries, and authorities blamed thieves who stole pipe from the home for the natural gas leak that triggered the explosion, prompting Columbus television station WBNS-TV to file this story. Ed. note –
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The Marcellus Shale Reality Tour …

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By Mark


Feds: Unregulated Natural Gas Pipelines Pose Significant Public Safety Risk

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By Mark
This diagram details how natural gas gets from the well to the consumer.

A report released yesterday by the federal General Accountability Office states that thousands of miles of unregulated natural gas pipelines pose a significant safety risk to the general public. “According to pipeline industry officials and representatives we interviewed, the increased extraction of oil and natural gas from shale deposits poses an increased risk to the
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Catch NaturalGasWatch.org live tonight at 9 p.m. on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By Mark

We’ll be calling in to a “A Decent Life” on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network television show to talk fracking, natural gas and the Spectra pipeline. If you’re not in Manhattan, you can stream the show live at mnn.org/live/2-lifestyle-channel



This Week in Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions: March 19, 2012

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By Mark
A round-up of natural gas explosions from around the country.

Alright, alright, we hear you — by popular demand, here it is, the next installment in our ongoing series, “This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions.” In addition, we should note that this edition of TWINGLE will be limited to natural gas explosions only, out of respect to you, our devoted reader. Were we
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FERC Gives Tentative Thumbs-Up to Spectra NJ/NYC Natural Gas Pipeline

Mar 16th, 2012 | By Mark
Spectra-Energy-Corp

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave tentative approval this morning to a controversial, massive new natural gas pipeline to be built through New Jersey into low Manhattan. From the FERC draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): We determined that construction and operation of the NJ-NY Project would result in limited adverse environmental impacts. These limited impacts
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