Emergency

Industry Brief

An emergency order that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued against Range Resources Corp. late last year for alleged contamination of water wells in North Texas was allowed to stand by a federal judge in Dallas pending the outcome of an appeals court case in New Orleans in which Range is seeking dismissal of the EPA order. A stay was issued in the Dallas federal court case, and the judge there also declined to impose fines on Range that had been sought by EPA. Earlier this year Range was cleared of fouling the water wells by the Railroad Commission of Texas, which had objected to EPA’s involvement in the case (see Shale Daily, March 23).

June 23, 2011

Fayetteville Quakes May Halt Some Waste Injections

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission (AOGC) planned to hold an emergency meeting Friday (March 4) to consider a staff request that injection of natural gas drilling waste be halted at two disposal wells while a potential connection to earthquakes in the region is considered.

March 4, 2011

FERC, Senate Energy Launch Inquiries Into Southwest Energy Disruptions

FERC last week launched a staff inquiry into the energy disruptions that occurred across the Southwest early this month as a result of a severe cold snap that affected energy operations from Southern California to Texas from the wellhead to the burnertip (see NGI, Feb. 7).

February 21, 2011

Texas Lawmakers Seek More Air Monitors in Barnett Shale

Thirty Texas lawmakers recently wrote to Gov. Rick Perry seeking an emergency proclamation for additional air monitors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to track emissions from Barnett Shale natural gas activity.

February 16, 2011

Cold Snap Sparks New Mexico Gas Crisis

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Thursday declared a state of emergency due to natural gas service outages across the state, ordering all nonessential personnel to stay home. Temperatures in Albuquerque Thursday night were forecast to go as low as 9 degrees.

February 4, 2011

Industry Brief

PAA Natural Gas Storage LP said Wednesday an “incident” and related fire occurred at about 9 a.m. EST at the gas handling portion of its Bluewater Natural Gas Storage facility in St. Clair County, MI. “The facility’s emergency shut-off valves functioned as anticipated and the fire was quickly extinguished. One employee received minor burns. There were no other injuries,” the partnership said. The gas handling facility is currently shut down. The cause of the incident and the impact to the damaged surface equipment and facility operations are being assessed.

January 13, 2011

GOM Rig Disaster Sparks House Inquiry

The risk management and emergency response plans of BP America and Transocean Ltd. for accidental oil and gas releases have garnered lawmaker scrutiny as a Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil slick grows following an apparent well blowout last week.

April 28, 2010

GOM Rig Disaster Sparks House Inquiry

The risk management and emergency response plans of BP America and Transocean Ltd. for accidental oil and gas releases have garnered lawmaker scrutiny as a Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil slick grows following an apparent well blowout last week.

April 28, 2010

Transportation Notes

Southern California Gas said Friday the loss of 300 MMcf/d of storage injection capacity due to emergency turbine repairs at its Aliso Canyon facility had ended as expected.

December 7, 2009

Transportation Notes

Williams Field Services (WFS) will perform emergency maintenance Thursday on the Turbo Expander Plant 5 unit at Opal Plant to remove a freeze in the gas-to-gas exchanger, according to a posting on the Kern River bulletin board. Estimated impact will be 90 MMcf for Thursday’s gas day, WFS said. Barring unforeseen delays, nominations can return to pre-maintenance levels beginning Friday, it added.

October 29, 2009