Archive for July 2012

Massachusetts on the Verge of Passing Natural Gas Leak Legislation

Jul 31st, 2012 | By Mark
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In the final session of the legislative calendar, natural gas pipeline safety advocates are looking to the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a bill today that would require natural gas companies to more closely monitor and repair the thousands of existing natural gas leaks across the state and develop a comprehensive natural gas infrastructure replacement program
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – July 30, 2012

Jul 31st, 2012 | By Mark
A round-up of natural gas explosions from around the country.

As always, it’s been a busy week in the world of natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions, but this past few days some tremendous work being done in the mainstream media documenting the extent to which the natural gas industry has co-opted the regulatory processes that are supposed to safeguard the public health and
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University of Texas Scrambling to Contain Fallout from Compromised Pro-Fracking Report

Jul 25th, 2012 | By Mark
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The University of Texas is reacting swiftly to contain the mounting public relations damage done by a supposedly “independent” analysis of hydraulic fracturing that declared, “there is at present little or no evidence of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing of shales at normal depths” — a  document that was in fact co-written by a UT
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Comedians Take on Fracking

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By Mark
David Letterman unleashes one of his patented late-night rants, this time on hydraulic fracturing.

A couple of days ago, David Letterman unleashed one of his inimitable rants on hydraulic fracturing — or fracking, as it has come to be known in the parlance of our times. If you haven’t seen it by now, it’s definitely worth a look, even if you don’t care for his particular brand of humor.
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Leading Up to San Bruno Blast, PG&E Sought to Save Money by Downplaying Natural Gas Leaks

Jul 16th, 2012 | By Mark
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The San Francisco Chronicle has aggressively covered the fallout from the September 2010 natural gas explosion that devastated San Bruno, California, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes, and in this morning’s paper, Chronicle reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken has done it again. In an exclusive story, Van Derbeken reports on internal PG&E documents he obtained
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – July 16, 2012

Jul 16th, 2012 | By Mark
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Ah, summer – that languid season of barbecues, baseball, vacations and, unfortunately, natural gas explosions. Clearly it’s been a while since we put out an edition of “This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions,” so with that in mind, we’ll concentrate on recent explosions for this issue and resume our more comprehensive coverage next
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Feds Cite Spectra for Multiple Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Violations

Jul 11th, 2012 | By Mark
Federal pipeline safety regulators have cited Texas Eastern Transmission, a division of Spectra Energy, 14 times for natural gas pipeline safety violations since 2006. The most recent citations, for a series of potentially explosive violations of pipeline safety regulations, were issued May 29. Spectra Energy is currently moving ahead with a massive natural gas transmission pipeline project that will move natural gas through New Jersey into lower Manhattan. Area residents are growing increasingly concerned about Spectra's record of pipeline safety violations.f

Federal regulators are seeking more than $134,000 in fines from the natural gas company recently granted permission to build a massive new natural gas pipeline through New Jersey into lower Manhattan for a series of potentially explosive safety violations in the company’s pipelines in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. Documents obtained by
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