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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – November 4, 2013

Nov 4th, 2013 | By Mark

Every month natural gas leaks and explosions do serious damage, with more often than not fatal consequences. October 2013 was no exception. Ed. note: If you enjoy the content and coverage you get here at, please take a moment to click on one of the advertisements you’ll find above or on the right-hand side
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Two Fracking Stories You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Aug 7th, 2013 | By Mark
A page from a report rewritten by the EPA to downplay a link between hydraulic fracturing and water contamination. The story was broken by a blogger with DeSmogBlog.

A pair of stories broke recently that, taken together, cast considerable doubt on the gas industry’s claims that hydraulic fracturing does not harm the environment. EPA Buries Report Contradicting Gas Industry’s Clean-Water Claims As if the Obama administration’s IRS, NSA, AP and Benghazi scandals weren’t enough, DeSmogBlog blogger Steve Horn published a piece on Monday dccumenting
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Spectra Energy Employee: We Never Bothered to Check Natural Gas Pipeline for Corrosion

Jun 19th, 2013 | By Mark
Corroded natural gas pipelines like the one pictured here can become dangerous sources of natural gas leaks and explosions if inadequately monitored.

A Spectra Energy employee acknowledged to federal inspectors that the company never conducted key tests for corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that was already operating at excess capacity, according to documents recently obtained by Ed. note: If you enjoy the content and coverage you get here at, please take a moment to
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – June 10, 2013

Jun 11th, 2013 | By Mark
A high-pressure, natural gas pipeline owned and operated by the Columbia ruptured on Dec. 11, 2012, touching off a massive natural gas explosion that threw 100-foot sections of pipeline hundreds of feet away and triggered a blazing inferno that destroyed three area homes. No one was injured in the natural gas explosion.

The National Transportation Safety Board publicly released a trove of documents relating to the ruptured natural gas pipeline that triggered a powerful natural gas explosion near Interstate 77 in Sissonville, West Virginia, destroyed three nearby homes and leaving an enormous crater in the ground. Ed. Note – If you enjoy the coverage and content you
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Fracking Opponents Say New Federal Rules Let Frackers Run Wild on Public Land

May 17th, 2013 | By Mark

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, please take a moment to click on one
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – April 29, 2013

Apr 29th, 2013 | By Mark
Natural gas leaks and explosions caused considerable damage throughout the country this week.

We have gotten several inquiries from curious readers seeking more information about the explosions that shook Mobile, Alabama, recently because they have been referred to as natural gas explosions – which is technically true, but not in the sense that one might think. Ed. Note – If you enjoy the coverage and content you receive
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It’s Official! Gasland 2 to Premiere at NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival in April

Mar 12th, 2013 | By Mark
Gasland 2 promo

Gasland Part II, the long-anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated Gasland, from acclaimed filmmaker Josh Fox, will makes its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 21, has learned. Ed. Note – If you appreciate and enjoy the content you get here at, please take a moment
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We’re On A Mission: We Need 100 Subscribers by March 31!

Mar 8th, 2013 | By Mark

If you’re a regular reader of — and there are thousands of you — you know that is one of the few organizations that refuses to take at face value the PR spin the natural gas industry tries to pass off as fact. And for that, we take a lot of heat …
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Need a Job? Become a Natural Gas Pipeline Inspector! No Experience Necessary!

Dec 11th, 2012 | By Mark
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Here’s something that might scare the bejesus out of everyone who is concerned about the integrity of our nation’s natural gas infrastructure. Why? Because federal pipeline safety regulations leave natural gas pipeline inspections in large part to the natural gas industry; when it comes to inspecting pipelines for leaks, they are pretty much on their
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ProPublica Does A Comprehensive Pipeline Safety Story

Nov 20th, 2012 | By Mark
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If you’ve ever tried to track data about pipeline safety, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that meaningful information is often elusive, buried deep within a federal website that’s difficult to use and seemingly constructed for insiders. ProPublica, the independent, non-profit news agency that has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s primary sources
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