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PG&E Fined $106M for 2019 Power Shutoff Events

PG&E Fined $106M for 2019 Power Shutoff Events

California regulators have fined Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) $106 million for allegedly violating guidelines in 2019 for executing planned power outages to lower wildfire risks.  The fine by an administrative law judge (ALJ) is part of an ongoing effort by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to hold the state’s major investor-owned utilities…

June 2, 2021
Norway Cites ‘Serious’ Regulatory Breaches in Hammerfest LNG Fire

Norway Cites ‘Serious’ Regulatory Breaches in Hammerfest LNG Fire

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said a fire last year at Equinor ASA’s 4.3 million metric tons/year Hammerfest liquefied natural gas terminal resulted from “serious breaches” of regulations. The facility in northern Norway, where a fire broke out last September, receives and liquefies natural gas from the Snohvit field in the Barents Sea. It…

April 22, 2021
Kinder Morgan Restarting Elba Island LNG Units Impacted by Fire

Kinder Morgan Restarting Elba Island LNG Units Impacted by Fire

Kinder Morgan Inc. is bringing production units back online at its Elba Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Georgia after a fire at the facility on May 11.

May 22, 2020
Fire at Elba Island LNG Shuts Down Three Units, Cuts Feed Gas Deliveries

Fire at Elba Island LNG Shuts Down Three Units, Cuts Feed Gas Deliveries

Kinder Morgan Inc. has confirmed that a fire broke out May 11 in a mixed refrigerant compressor at its Elba Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Georgia, forcing it to shut down three liquefaction units that remain offline.

May 15, 2020
PG&E Agrees to Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, $4M in Penalties Related to Camp Fire

PG&E Agrees to Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, $4M in Penalties Related to Camp Fire

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Monday said it would plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 84 victims of the Camp Fire in November 2018. It also agreed to plead guilty to one count of unlawfully starting the wildfire.

March 24, 2020

California, PG&E Reach $1.67B Settlement for 2017-2018 Wildfires

California regulators on Tuesday proposed a $1.675 billion settlement with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to address the combination utility’s culpability in igniting wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

December 18, 2019

SoCal Edison Equipment Thought to be Culprit in Los Angeles Wildfire; Governor Slams PG&E

Edison International’s Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) utility acknowledged its infrastructure may have caused the disruptive, fast-moving Saddleridge fire that skirted residential areas and a major gas storage facility in northern Los Angeles County last week, according to a report the company filed with state regulators.

October 16, 2019

Fire Erupts at ExxonMobil Olefins Complex on Houston Ship Channel

Emergency crews on Wednesday afternoon were working to extinguish a fire that erupted at the ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant on the Houston Ship Channel, which houses one of the largest ethylene plants in the world.

July 31, 2019

SoCal Ed Power Lines Said Cause of ’17 Thomas Fire; PG&E Skirts Criminal Charges

Ventura County, CA, officials said Wednesday a lengthy investigation has determined windy conditions caused two Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) transmission power lines to collide and start the Thomas Fire in 2017, which burned for 40 days, killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures.

March 14, 2019

Four Injured in Storage Tank Fire at MarkWest Plant in Pennsylvania

Four people were injured late Thursday when storage tanks caught fire at MarkWest Energy Partners LP’s Houston Processing and Fractionation facility in southwest Pennsylvania, according to the company.

December 14, 2018
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