The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has responded to several reports of fluid discharges at construction sites for the Mariner East pipeline system in Chester County, including a confirmed spill at a state park. The agency said Sunoco Pipeline LP reported an inadvertent return on Monday in Marsh Creek State Park in Upper Uwchlan…
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The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) expects to roll out changes to how spill reports are conveyed to the public within a year’s time amid renewed public scrutiny.
FERC said its Office of Enforcement (OE) has launched an investigation into Rover Pipeline LLC’s drilling fluid spill into Ohio wetlands, after state regulators found traces of diesel fuel in drilling mud samples taken from the mid-April incident.
FERC has denied Rover Pipeline LLC permission to finish horizontal directional drilling (HDD) at two sites critical to laterals in Ohio and West Virginia — at least for now.
Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover Pipeline has been ordered by FERC to suspend all horizontal directional drilling (HDD) work — except where drilling activity has already begun — pending a third-party review of a recent spill in Ohio. The news led natural gas futures traders on Wednesday to speculate on the possibility of a delay for the project.
Seneca Resources Corp. agreed to pay the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a $375,000 fine for violating the state’s Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act, the Oil and Gas Act and the Solid Waste Management Act.
Corrosion, pipe failure and natural force damages account for more than nine out 10 leaks from oil and natural gas production well flowlines in Colorado, a draft audit by state regulators has revealed.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy LP and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from two separate oil spills in Marshall, MI and Romeoville, IL, in 2010. Enbridge agreed to spend at least $110 million on measures to prevent spills and improve operations across nearly 2,000 miles of its pipeline system in the Great Lakes area, and to pay $62 million in civil penalties for Clean Water Act violations, the agencies said. Enbridge will also pay more than $5.4 million in unreimbursed costs incurred by the government in connection with cleanup of the Marshall spill, as well as all future removal costs incurred by the government in connection with the spill. In addition to payments required under the proposed settlement, Enbridge has already reimbursed the government for $57.8 million in cleanup costs from the Marshall spill and $650,000 for cleanup costs from the Romeoville spill, and reportedly incurred costs in excess of $1 billion for required cleanup activities relating to the spills, the agencies said. Enbridge was held responsible for the discharge of at least 20,082 bbls of oil in Marshall and another 6,427 bbls in Romeoville. In 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board said the 30-inch diameter pipeline rupture and spill in the Kalamazoo River in Marshall was the most expensive onshore oil spill in U.S. history (see Daily GPI,July 16, 2012).
An oil pipeline spill from an accidentally opened valve in Ventura County in Southern California last Thursday spewed 25,000 to 30,000 gallons of crude down a canyon, prompting renewed concerns in California where fossil fuel infrastructure breakdowns have become all-too-frequent.
A semi-truck hauling oil and natural gas wastewater through Southeast Ohio left the road and crashed into a field, spilling 5,000 gallons of the fluid into a stream that empties into a drinking water reservoir, state regulators said Thursday.