Key US Gasoline Pipeline Hopes to Carry More Fuel By Sunday

DALLAS (AP) — A major gasoline pipeline may be able to resume shipping fuel from the Houston area by Sunday, its operator said, potentially mitigating gasoline shortages across the southern United States since Hurricane Harvey forced Gulf Coast refineries to close. But filling tanks was already beco..

Enbridge Finds Gaps in Line 5 Coating

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The company that operates twin oil pipelines in the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan said Wednesday it has found a number of gaps in a protective layer of enamel coating on the pipes. Enbridge Inc.’s disclosure prompted criticism from Michigan’s governor and..

Kuwait Contains Oil Spill off its Southern Coast

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s state oil company says it has contained an oil spill off the Gulf country’s southern coast. The Kuwait Petroleum Company said in a statement carried by the state news agency on Tuesday evening that cleanup teams took steps to break up the spill near power and desalinatio..

NTSB: Worker Urged Evacuation Before Minnesota School Blast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A maintenance worker at a Minneapolis school that partially collapsed after an explosion earlier this month had smelled natural gas and used a radio to tell others to evacuate less than a minute before the blast, according to preliminary report released Monday by the National Tran..

Mexico: 1 Dead, 5 Hurt in Blast at Illegal Fuel Pipeline Tap

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say an explosion at an illegal fuel pipeline tap has killed a person and injured five more in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The state Civil Protection agency reports via Twitter that people were treated for burns from the blast near the town of Zapoapan. ..

Police Investigating Nebraska Natural Gas Explosion

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities have launched an investigation into a natural gas explosion that seriously injured two people, leveled a house and significantly damaged nearly 20 other homes in Lincoln. Police are focusing on the home where authorities believe the explosion occurred Monda..

35,000-Barrel Oil Spill Prompts Urgent Cleanup In Kuwait

An oil spill into Kuwaiti waters prompted an emergency cleanup over the weekend, with media reports saying it all will be over this week. While some sources attributed the spill to a pipeline leak, estimating the amount that spilled into the Persian Gulf at 35,000 barrels, there has been no official..

NTSB Investigates Blast that Killed 2 at Minnesota School

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were sent to a Minneapolis school Thursday to look into an apparent natural gas explosion and partial building collapse that killed two people and injured at least nine, including one critically. The explosion at Minneha..

North Dakota Regulators Investigating Minnesota Contractor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota contractor that damaged a natural gas pipeline in North Dakota last week has a history of striking pipelines. The damage caused the release of 126,000 gallons of natural gas liquids and shut down a gas processing plant for three days. State regulators wh..

Massachusetts Gas Leak Under Control After Thousands Evacuated

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of people were evacuated from surrounding buildings and streets were closed in Cambridge as authorities responded to reports of a natural gas leak. The Cambridge Fire Department tweeted at 11 a.m. Friday that all buildings could be reoccupied. A spokesma..

Nigeria’s Oil Output Drops 150,000 BPD After Shell Pipeline Closure

The Nigerian unit of Shell has shut its Trans Niger Pipeline due to a leak, while the managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Monday that the pipeline was attacked, effectively shutting in 150,000 bpd of crude oil output. Shell’s Nigeria subsidiary, Shell Pet..

Business Groups Defend Line 5 Pipelines

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Representatives of several business groups say twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac are a safe and necessary means of providing energy for Michigan’s economy. The groups defended Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 in a conference call with reporters Monday ahead of pub..

Public Hearings Scheduled for Enbridge's Line 5

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The public is getting a chance to sound off about a recent report outlining alternatives for twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The report by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. dealt with Enbridge’s Line 5. The nearly 5-mile-long..

Gas Pipeline Fire Prompts Evacuation of 20 Residents

HEBRON, N.D. (AP) — About 20 people were evacuated from their homes in Hebron when workers digging holes for fence posts struck a natural gas pipeline and started a fire. No injuries were reported in the Tuesday incident. The Bismarck Tribune reports damage was limited to some fencing and a shed. ..

Oil Pipeline Rupture in Texas Spills 1,200 Barrels of Crude

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Authorities say about 50,000 gallons (189,000 liters) of crude oil spilled after a contractor accidentally cut an underground pipeline in Central Texas. A spokesman for Magellan Midstream Partners, Bruce Heine (hyn), says the contractor was conducting maintenance Thursda..

Residents Evacuate, Restaurants Close After Gas Leak

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — Officials say about 50 people had to be evacuated after a worker hit a main gas line in Rhode Island. Warren Fire Chief Alexander Galinelli says natural gas poured into the air for about two hours after an excavator hit the gas main in Warren Monday. Firefighters went door to d..

NTSB Leading Investigation into Fatal Natural Gas Explosion

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into an apparent natural gas explosion that destroyed a Pennsylvania home and killed a utility worker. The UGI Utilities worker was checking out a reported gas odor when the house in Manor Township, near Lan..

Downed Power Line Ignites Natural Gas Leak in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Residents of about 40 homes near Pittsburgh have been forced to stay inside after a downed power line ignited a leaking natural gas line, causing a fire. A tree downed by lightning is being blamed for knocking down the wire early Monday, just after midnight. Sparks from the downed..

2nd Pipeline Under Straits of Mackinac Passes Pressure Test

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge says a second oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan has passed a pressure test required in a Justice Department agreement following a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan. The most recent test was Friday on one pipeline that’s part..

Settlement Reached in Arkansas Oil Spill Case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Exxon Mobil has settled a lawsuit over a 2013 pipeline spill that dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into an Arkansas neighborhood. Attorneys representing 64 families announced the settlement Thursday. They say terms will remain confidential. Exxon did not im..

Pipeline Beneath Straits of Mackinac Passes Pressure Tests

Enbridge gets good result following Line 5 pipeline inspection.

Oil Pipelines To Be Inspected By Robots

Robots to be used to conduct pipeline inspections.

Mexico Closes 7 Gas Stations Allegedly Selling Stolen Fuel

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico closed seven service stations Thursday for allegedly selling gasoline and diesel stolen from state-run pipelines, the first confirmation that large amounts of fuel siphoned from illegal pipeline taps are being sold through officially sanctioned gas stations. An official of..

Report: Lack of Support a Recurring Problem for Enbridge's Line 5

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac have had repeated problems with inadequate supports, a shortcoming that Michigan officials have described as violating a legal condition for placing the lines in the waterway, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Petoskey News-..

Company to Shut Down Well Linked to Fatal Colorado Explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — The company that owns a gas well linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado says it will permanently shut down that well and two others in the neighborhood. Anadarko Petroleum announced the shut-down Wednesday in Firestone, where an April 17 explosion killed two people. In..

Two More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents in March — the second and third known leaks discovered as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation. Two barrels, or 84 gallons, spilled due to..

Energy Company Unhooks Gas Lines after Fatal Colorado Blast

DENVER (AP) — The company that owns a gas well linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado said Tuesday it will permanently disconnect other pipelines in the area like the one blamed in the explosion. Anadarko Petroleum, which owns the well, did not say how many pipelines would be disconnected. Bu..

Seattle Firefighter Sues Over Injuries from Pipeline Explosion

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle firefighter is suing Puget Sound Energy and one of its contractors, saying he has lingering injuries after being knocked out by a natural-gas explosion that leveled two buildings last year. The Seattle Times reports ( ) that 50-year-old Jeff Markoff fil..

Federal Agency Joins Investigation into Colorado Gas Explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has joined the investigation into a fatal Colorado house explosion blamed on unrefined natural gas flowing from a severed pipeline. The Longmont Times-Call reported Wednesday ( the agency got involved because pip..

Oil Pipeline Vandalism Reported in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officers have stepped up patrols around an oil pipeline site in Minnehaha County after vandalism was discovered. Sheriff’s Capt. Jason Gearman says vandals broke through a chain link fence recently that surrounds an above-ground section of the Dakota Access ..