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Rover Pipeline faces more environmental scrutiny &...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it found diesel fuel in the drilling mud Rover Pipeline builders spilled in a local wetland in April. With the discovery, the state EPA raised the proposed penalty against Rover to $914,000 and ordered the pipeline company to monitor groundwater around the spill area and near a quarry where workers have been disposing drilling mud in pits. The quarry is near a well owned...

Iowa Pipeline Leaks 140,000 Gallons Of Fuel In Lar...

The spill comes amid a heated debate over oil pipeline safety in the United States. Magellan Midstream Partners LP () said on Thursday its refined products pipeline in Worth County, Iowa, remained shut after spilling about 3,300 barrels of diesel. The spill, equivalent to nearly 140,000 gallons of fuel, is the largest diesel spill in the U.S. since 2010, federal authorities confirmed to the Associated Press. Magellan said it...

Alabama Pipeline Explodes + Pennsylvania Pipeline ...

Alabama Pipeline Explodes Travis Hall 31 Oct 16 Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | Shelby County, Ala.—One worker was killed and several more were injured when an Alabama pipeline ruptured sometime during the evening of Monday, October 31. According to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, the failing pipeline caused an explosion that sent flames high above the surrounding tree line. One eye witness, who said he helped an injured...

Pennsylvania Pipelines Bursts, Leaks 55,000 Gallon...

A pipeline owned by the same company behind Dakota Access leaked 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a major river, endangering the drinking water of six million people. A pipeline managed by Sunoco logistics burst Thursday night after heavy rainfall in Pennsylvania. The spill dumped 55,000 gallons of gasoline into Wallis Run, a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek that drains into the Susquehanna River. The breach was detected at 3...

Alabama pipeline leak: What we know so far about t...

On the morning of Sept. 9, an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission was performing a routine monthly check of an old coal mine in Shelby County when he noticed “a strong odor of gasoline” as well as a sheen on the surface of one of the retention ponds. The gasoline he was smelling came from Colonial Pipeline’s Line 1, an underground pipeline three feet in diameter that normally pushes 1.3...

Executive order sets up one-call response to oil, ...

Gov. John Kasich has issued an order that is designed to improve response to emergencies involving oil and gas facilities, which his office says will lead to faster and more effective reaction to explosions, leaks and other disasters. The executive order sets up a “one call” response system, which requires energy companies to call a state hotline within 30 minutes after an accident. The call will begin a process...

Keystone Pipeline Leaked Thousands More Gallons of...

Last week TransCanada shut down a portion of their Keystone pipeline due to an oil leak. They estimated that about 187 gallons of oil had spilled. After examining soil excavations the company is now reporting that nearly 17,000 gallons of oil spilled. The numbers were reported to the National response Center and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. (ed. How could the estimate be low by a factor of 100?) The...

Natural Gas Water Truck In Accident, Spills Brine ...

BARNESVILLE – Gulfport Energy contractors may not be drawing any water from the village reservoir, but an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokesman said the company is responsible for 5,000 gallons of brine that leaked into a stream leading to the reservoir Wednesday. Officials with Ohio EPA and the state’s Department of Natural Resources joined local emergency authorities to investigate the scene along Ohio...

GEICO refuses to cover man made earthquakes

Oklahoma, companies like Geico announced that they are refusing insurance coverage for any damage caused by man-made earthquakes—such as those caused by processes like fracking, injection, and drilling—just after a series of quakes recently rocked the state; the move has left customers wondering how much of their coverage will be affected. All insurance companies operating in Oklahoma were asked by the state’s insurance...

Well Pad Chemical Disclosure moving to ODNR

Chemical disclosure legislation is being developed that will move disclosure of materials at well pads from the State Emergency Response Commission to ODNR.  As nearly as I can figure out, neither organization is up to the task.  I have spent a lot of time with FracFocus and less with ODNR databases because the latter are so annoying to use.  I think you get along with them better.  My broader chemical disclosure concern is...

OSHA: More Scrutiny and More Penalties Possible fo...

On March 18, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that those engaged in crude petroleum and natural gas extraction, drilling, and related support activities are engaged in “high hazard” activities and will be subject to OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.   The program has been in effect since 2010, when it replaced the prior Enhanced Enforcement Program.  When the program started,...

OEPA: 2,000 gallons of waste oil spilled into Vien...

VIENNA, Ohio Workers from Kleese Development were back at two ponds and the Little Yankee Run wetlands on Sodom Hutchings Road on Friday for a second day, cleaning up an estimated 2,000 gallons or more of “light waste oil” from Kleese’s oilfield-services company nearby. The company issued a statement late Friday saying the company was halting all operations at the Sodom Hutchings location, including brine injection “for the...

Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus

Almost 1.4 million Ohioans live within a half-mile of railroad lines where some of the most-volatile crude oil in North America rolls by each week, a Dispatch analysis has found. Those people, about 12 percent of the state’s population, are at risk of being forced from their homes should a train hauling crude oil from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota run off the tracks. About 15 percent of Franklin County’s residents...

Increase in fracking trucks has drawbacks

CADIZ, Ohio — The warning signs and convoys of semi trucks have become part of the landscape in eastern Ohio’s shale country, where a drilling surge has brought more big rigs to rural roads. Oil and gas truck traffic ahead. The orange placards and the trucks they portend might be the clearest sign yet of the dual role locals say the region’s oil and gas industry has assumed as both economic engine and potential danger for...

First Nationwide Oil Worker Strike In Decades Grow...

On Friday, the local Toledo union posted on its Facebook page that the “strike is NOT about money, this is about addressing safety issues that have been ignored for way too long … 138 workers were killed on the job while extracting, producing, or supporting oil and gas in 2012 … the number was more than double that of 2009.” On Sunday, workers at two BP oil refineries in Ohio and Indiana walked out as part of a nationwide...