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Pipeline agency fails to explain how it assesses risk, prioritizes inspections

It’s unclear whether federal regulators are properly prioritizing safety inspections on the nation’s massive network of natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines, according to a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Pipeline safety is overseen by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. [...]

Delco township hires Sunoco consultant to do risk analysis of Mariner East 2

Delaware County’s Middletown Township is hiring a Sunoco contractor to do a risk assessment of the company’s plan to build the Mariner East 2 pipeline through the community, prompting critics to accuse the township of using a contractor with a conflict of interest. Mark Kirchgasser, chairman of the township’s Board of Supervisors, confirmed that it [...]

Older Pa. gas storage wells threaten methane leaks, study says

Pennsylvania has hundreds of underground natural gas storage sites that are vulnerable to methane leaks because they were built at least 60 years ago, and were probably never designed to store gas, according to a Harvard University study released on Tuesday. The national study said Pennsylvania has 830 such sites that are in active use [...]

New pipeline rule requires quicker reporting of accidents

Federal pipeline regulators are requiring operators to report accidents more quickly, and they are tightening rules on conducting drug and alcohol tests after an accident. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is also setting up a new procedure for recovering its costs for reviewing the design of some new pipelines, and is requiring operators [...]

Feds tighten rules for hazardous liquids pipelines such as Mariner East 2

Federal regulators published a new set of rules on Friday to strengthen the safety of pipelines carrying hazardous liquids such as crude oil and the natural gas liquids that would be pumped across Pennsylvania by the planned Mariner East 2 pipeline. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said operators of the approximately 200,000 [...]

U.S. fines Sunoco for pipeline safety lapse after valve incident injures workers

Sunoco’s pipeline division suffered the latest blow to its safety reputation on Thursday when the federal government proposed to fine the company $251,800 for an accident in which five workers were hurt during maintenance of a valve in Wortham, Texas last year. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Sunoco Logistics failed to properly [...]

Federal task force recommends safety upgrades for gas storage facilities

A federal task force has issued new safety recommendations for gas storage facilities, following the largest methane leak in U.S. history. The report released Tuesday comes in the wake of the massive leak at the Aliso Canyon storage field in Los Angles County, California, which sent more than 90,000 metric tons of methane into the [...]

Advocates urge last-minute vote to save PA pipeline safety law

An effort to preserve and expand a Pennsylvania law designed to protect underground pipes and cables from accidental damage by construction work has almost run out of time in Harrisburg. A state bill to amend the Underground Utility Line Protection Act was on Wednesday, still due for consideration by a Pennsylvania House committee, this just [...]

Spectra expects to pay $100 million after pipeline blast

The company operating an interstate gas transmission line that exploded last spring outside Pittsburgh expects to pay between $75 to $100 million to inspect and repair its pipeline system. The April 29 incident in Westmoreland County happened on the Texas Eastern pipeline, operated by Spectra Energy. The explosion blew a 12-foot-deep, 1500-square-foot hole and scorched 40 [...]

Feds order more testing, following pipeline explosion

Federal regulators are requiring a natural gas pipeline company to conduct more testing and take corrective actions on three nearby lines, following an April 29 explosion in Westmoreland County that sent a man to the hospital with severe burns. In May the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) found evidence of corrosion on the 30-inch gas [...]

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