Archive for May 2013

Williams Transco Seeks Permission to Harass Sea Creatures in Rockaway Pipeline Build-Out

May 30th, 2013 | By Mark
This North Atlantic Right Whale, or another like it, will be harassed by sounds and vibrations emanating from the construction of a new, off-shore natural gas pipeline proposed by Williams Transco. The new line, known as the Rockaway Lateral Line, would run through wetlands and recreation areas in coastal New York City, bringing shale gas from the Marcellus Shale play into Brooklyn via a pipeline to be built under Flatbush Ave.

Williams Transco, the natural gas company proposing to build a massive, new natural gas pipeline through wetlands and recreation areas in coastal New York City, has asked federal regulators for an exemption to existing wildlife protection laws to “harass” a range of marine life during the pipeline’s construction, according to documents obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org. Ed.
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – May 27, 2013

May 28th, 2013 | By Mark
Natural gas leaks and explosions caused considerable damage throughout the country this week.

Fallen electrical wires ignited a previously undetected natural gas leak in a Greenwich, Connecticut, neighborhood on Friday, May 24, triggering a fire that one first responder characterized as “like the eternal flame.” Ed. Note – If you enjoy the coverage and content you receive here at NaturalGasWatch.org, please take a moment to click on one
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Williams-Transco Minimizes Magnitude of Hurricane Sandy, Chance of Damage to Rockaway Line From A Similar Storm

May 22nd, 2013 | By Mark
Hurricane Sandy struck the mid-Atlantic area of the United States on Oct. 29, 2012, killing dozens and doing hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage.

Noting that Hurricane Sandy was technically not quite a 100-year-storm, engineers and executives at Williams-Transco assured concerned state and federal regulators recently that the natural gas pipeline they propose to run through coastal wetlands and recreation areas near Coney Island faces only a small risk of being damaged by flooding in a similar natural disaster.
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Fracking Opponents Say New Federal Rules Let Frackers Run Wild on Public Land

May 17th, 2013 | By Mark
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Opponents of hydraulic fracturing say the new rules proposed by the federal Bureau of Land Management yesterday afternoon weaken existing requirements and create loopholes that will allow drilling companies to run amok on public lands. If you enjoy the content and coverage you get here at NaturalGasWatch.org, please take a moment to click on one
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PG&E Draws Record Fine; Transco Bows to Feds on Rockaway Line; Activists Training Area Residents to Spot Pipeline Violations in Pennsylvania

May 8th, 2013 | By Mark
A natural gas explosion in San Bruno, Calfornia, on Sept. 9, 2010, touched off an enormous fire that destroyed an entire neighborhood, killing eight people. The California PUC yesterday recommended that PG&E pay a record $2.25 billion fine for their role in the deadly incident.

The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday recommended a record $2.25 billion fine be levied against Pacific Gas & Electric for the utility’s role in the massive explosion that killed eight people and destroyed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, California, two years ago. Ed. Note – If you enjoy the coverage and content you receive
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – May 6, 2013

May 6th, 2013 | By Mark
A round-up of natural gas explosions from around the country.

A shallow natural gas pipeline in Bakersfield, California, exploded and caught fire on Monday, April 22, after a pavement grinder operated by a crew working to repave struck the line, according to recent media reports. Now, regular readers of This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions know that, as a matter of course, natural
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