Safety

Tips for Safe, Successful Horizontal Directional Drilling

Over the last 25 years, I have been involved with designing and inspecting horizontal directional drills (HDD) for pipeline construction, attending numerous seminars, purchasing many texts and reading countless white papers related to the subject. Of much more educational value (and fun) is the many hours spent on drilling sites, asking questions and listening intently to the folks running the drill.

Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Explodes in Kentucky

Enbridge responded to an explosion Monday evening on Line 10 of its Texas Eastern system in Kentucky, and said Tuesday that it has shut-in a section of the pipeline. Gas futures rose on the news.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

AGA Chair Diane Leopold Brings Positive Outlook to Challenging Period for Industry

Diane Leopold became chair of the American Gas Association just in time for an unprecedented economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The executive vice president and co-chief operating officer of Dominion Energy, talked to P&GJ about the challenges and opportunities facing the natural gas industry.

Canadian Agency Determines Corrosion Caused 2018 Enbridge Gas Pipeline Blast

An explosion and fire in 2018 along an Enbridge Inc natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia was caused by corrosion, Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said on Wednesday.

Productivity & Safety: A Natural Pairing in Pipe Handling

Most construction accidents happen during pipe handling, when workers are loading and unloading large, heavy pipe or when additional construction equipment is brought in to move big and unwieldy pipe with workers in close proximity.

Pipeline Liquids Safety Record Reflects Inroads, Areas of Concern

Nearly 98% of barrel miles in the United States are governed by pipeline safety management systems, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API). That, combined with greater public awareness, means that pipeline integrity and safety are under a greater degree of scrutiny than ever before.

Where PHMSA’s Voluntary Information-Sharing Program Stands

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officials are apparently still interested in developing a voluntary information sharing (VIS) safety reporting program.

DNV GL Publishes New HDD Standard for Pipelines

Oslo-based technical advisor DNV GL said it has published a new standard that reduces risk and improves quality of site investigation, engineering, planning and installation of pipelines using horizontal directional drilling (HDD).

Polish Experts Seek Evidence in Gas Blast that Killed 8

Investigators in southern Poland said they are questioning witnesses and gathering evidence in their probe into a gas blast that killed eight members of one family, including four children.

Gas Leak Suspected in Wyoming Blasts that Severely Burned 3 Workers

Explosions and a fire at a Wyoming oil field severely burned three workers, authorities said. A natural gas leak is suspected in the explosions and fire that injured the EOG contractors.

Oil Pipeline Explosion Kills 1 in Lagos

An oil pipeline explosion reportedly killed one person in Nigeria's capital, Lagos.

Six Dead in Gas Explosion at Polish Ski Resort

Six people died after a three-story building in the southern Polish ski resort of Szczyrk collapsed following a gas explosion, authorities said

Association Leaders Urge Bipartisanship on Pipeline Safety Laws

The leaders of seven industry associations have urged members of the U.S House Energy & Commerce and Transportation & Infrastructure committees to "maintain the tradition of bipartisanship that has characterized pipeline safety legislation for decades."

At Least 7 Killed in Gas Explosion in Bangladesh

At least seven people were killed and eight injured on Sunday after a gas pipeline exploded in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, a police official said.

INGAA Renews Call for Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Reauthorization

Don Santa, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, issued a statement today in response to pipeline safety legislation introduced by the Chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees:

2 Oil Company Workers Injured in Mexico Gas Pipeline Fire

Two Pemex employees were hospitalized after a gas pipeline leak erupted in flames east of Mexico City on Sunday.

Officials Study Fire at California Storage Site after Quake

Officials are trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at an ethanol storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air.

PHMSA Publishes "Mega" Rule After Nearly A Decade of Work

U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday adopted long-delayed measures that are meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don't address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur.

Feds Recommend New Requirements After Natural Gas Disaster

Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

New Democratic Pipeline Safety Bill Elicits Industry Opposition

House Democrats debuted the first comprehensive pipeline safety reform bill introduced in this Congress, and it contains a number of provisions opposed by both the intrastate and interstate gas transportation industries.

SoCalGas Worker Killed in Gas Line Explosion, 15 Others Injured

A natural gas explosion destroyed a Southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities said.

Chalmit

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E2S Warning Signals

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Mexico Pipeline Explosion Injures 3, 1 Missing

Mexican officials say three people have been injured and one is missing following the explosion of a gas pipeline in the central state of Guanajuato.

Shell Confirms Staff in Iraq Safe, Operations Normal After Rocket Attack

Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday that all its staff in Iraq are accounted for and its operations in the country are normal, after a rocket struck the site of headquarters of several foreign oil firms near Iraq's southern city of Basra.

Energy Department Offering Grants for Pipeline Projects

The Department of Energy will award $24 million in grants for the development of tools, methods and technologies to cost-effectively enhance the safety and efficiency of the nation’s natural gas production, gathering, storage, and transmission infrastructure. Grants will be as much as $3 million but no lower than $1 million.

First Pipeline Safety Bill Introduced

Two Massachusetts senators, one of them a Democratic presidential candidate, have introduced the first pipeline safety bill as Congress works to put together legislation reauthorizing the Pipeline Safety Act, which expires on Sept. 30.

NTSB Reveals Findings of 3-Year Gas Explosion Investigation

A gas company’s faulty equipment is the most likely cause of an explosion at a suburban Maryland apartment complex that killed seven people in 2016, according to federal report.

Iranian Gas Platform Fire Contained, No Fatalities Reported

A fire that broke out on a platform of the South Pars gas field in the Gulf on Wednesday has been contained and no fatalities were reported, Iran's oil ministry news agency SHANA said.