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Mariner East Again Contending with Drilling Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania

Mariner East Again Contending with Drilling Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania

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…

August 13, 2020
Following Oneok Spill, North Dakota to Make Incident Reports More Transparent

Following Oneok Spill, North Dakota to Make Incident Reports More Transparent

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.

August 29, 2019

FERC ‘Troubled’ by Diesel Fuel Discovery in Drilling Mud From Rover Spill, Launches Probe

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.

June 2, 2017
Rover’s Request Denied By FERC, HDDs Still On Pause

Rover’s Request Denied By FERC, HDDs Still On Pause

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.

May 25, 2017
Rover Ordered to Cease New Horizontal Drilling; FERC Calls For Independent Review

Rover Ordered to Cease New Horizontal Drilling; FERC Calls For Independent Review

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.

May 10, 2017

Seneca Resources Fined by Pennsylvania DEP for Spills, Sediment Control Incidents

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.

April 26, 2017

Colorado Regulators Taking Aim at Oil, NatGas Well Flowline Integrity

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.

April 12, 2017

Brief — Enbridge Energy LP

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).

July 20, 2016

SoCal Oil Spill Kept From Coast, But Concerns Rekindled

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.

June 27, 2016

Truck Carrying Oil/Gas Wastewater Spills 5,000 Gallons in Ohio

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.

March 11, 2016
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