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Gas Leaking from Kansas Wells Amid Dispute over Who Must Fix

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas, creating a public safety hazard amid a dispute over who is responsible for fixing the problem, regulatory filings show. Northern Natural Gas Co., which owns the underground storage facility, wants the Kansas Corporation Commission, which regulates oil and gas drilling in the state, to force well owners to plug abandoned wells. But the commission said in a filing last month that Northern Natural is responsible for making sure its natural gas isn’t escaping […]

Consumers Energy to Increase Pipeline Inspections

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has agreed to inspect certain natural gas lines every three years instead of five. The utility is responding to a request from state regulators. The state says leak rates in copper gas lines have climbed in comparison to steel lines that are coated and wrapped. The new practice will take effect immediately. The Michigan Public Service Commission announced the change Thursday. The Jackson-based utility provides electricity to 1.8 million customers and natural gas to 1.7 million customers in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Colorado Regulators: Tiny Holes, Faulty Parts to Blame for Failed Inspections

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say tiny holes or faulty parts could be the reason that about 430 oil or gas pipelines failed a leak-detection test after a fatal explosion blamed on gas seeping from a severed line. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Thursday the number of pipelines that failed represents 0.35 percent of the lines tested. Gov. John Hickenlooper also noted the failures are relatively low but said each leak requires attention. Regulators say the status of another 13,000 pipelines remains unclear, and they’re working with energy companies to get more information. […]

Colorado Says 430 Pipelines Failed Leak Test

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say about 430 oil or gas pipelines near occupied buildings failed a leak-detection test that the state ordered after a fatal explosion blamed on a gas line. The results were posted on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if a test failure means with certainty that the line is leaking or if might indicate some other problem. Officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking clarification. Regulators said the status of another 13,000 pipelines remains unclear, and officials are working with energy companies to […]

Enbridge Fails Pipeline Inspection

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) has issued three Inspection Officer Orders to Enbridge for failure to adhere to worker safety, pipe handling and environmental protection requirements during construction activity on the High Pine Expansion Project near Chetwynd, British Columbia. The NEB orders were issued on August 24, August 27, and September 13, respectively. NEB Inspection Officers conducting field inspections observed the following non-compliance matters: failure to construct bridges over watercourses according to specification; failure to protect Riparian Management Areas (environmentally-sensitive areas that occur next to the banks of streams, lakes, and wetlands) from disturbance; and, inadequate sediment and erosion […]

SoCalGas Achieves Methane Capture Milestone

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company has passed the one million cubic foot mark in its ongoing methane capture initiative. This innovative process allows for gas that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere during pipeline replacement work to be saved and reinjected into its pipeline system for later use. Since SoCalGas began capturing methane during pipeline replacement projects in August, 2016, the company has captured approximately 1.2 million cubic feet of natural gas – the equivalent to about what 6,200 homes use each day on average in the U.S. “Emissions from […]

Pipeline Board: Let Campus Experts Analyze Enbridge Line 5

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An advisory group is recommending that Michigan universities analyze the worst-case scenario of an oil pipeline failure in the Straits of Mackinac. The effort would be led by Michigan Tech University, which would collaborate with experts at other universities. The recommendation was made Monday by the state Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, which includes high-ranking members of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. A contractor was fired by the state in June because of a conflict of interest with Enbridge Energy, owner of Line 5. Line 5 carries nearly 23 million gallons (87 million […]

Pipeline Inspection Contract Awarded in Australia

Halfwave has been awarded a long-term contract for multiple inline pipeline inspections associated with the Ichthys LNG Project, located about 220 km northwest of Western Australia’s Kimberley coast. Under the terms of the contract, the scope of work includes a custom built 42” Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART)  Scan™ to inspect the subsea pipeline that requires a low flow subsea launch, along with high-speed inspection of the Ichthys 890 kilometer natural gas transmission pipeline. “Halfwave is very pleased with the award by INPEX and to be a part of the ground breaking Ichthys LNG Project,” Halfwave CEO, Paul Cooper, […]

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 other officials about the condition of the pipelines, which traverse the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac, a nearly 5-mile (8-kilometer) wide area between the state’s lower and upper peninsulas. They are part of Enbridge’s Line 5, which carries about 23 million gallons (87 million liters) […]

Small Plane Doing Gas Pipeline Inspection Crashes Near Road

WELLSTON, Ohio (AP) — A single-engine plane performing a gas pipeline inspection in Ohio has crashed near a road, injuring the pilot and his passenger. The State Highway Patrol says pilot Stephen Dawson, of Louisville, Kentucky, told authorities the engine lost power before the plane crashed Wednesday near Wellston, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of Cincinnati. The patrol’s Jackson post says the Cessna 172 then struck a wire fence before coming to rest on its landing gear. Troopers say Dawson was hospitalized with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. They say passenger Joshua Simone was wasn’t […]

A. Hak, Al Tamimi Energy Awarded Pipeline Inspection Contract

In a partnership with Al Tamimi Energy, A.Hak Industrial Services Middle East has been awarded a five-year contract to inspect the majority of Saudi Aramco’s unscrapable pipelines in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “A. Hak Industrial Services has a strong local presence in the Middle East and an impressive track record in cleaning and inspection of un-scrapable pipelines, which was key to our success in securing this contract,” Roland Hendriks, General Manager of A. Hak Industrial Services Middle East, said.  “Our personnel and equipment resources are at the leading edge of inspection services, and our turnkey approach […]

Report: Wireless Sensing Technologies Energize Oil and Gas Pipeline Monitoring Sector

Frost & Sullivan has released its Sensors for Oil and Gas Pipeline Monitoring report, which highlights that the need to manage the serviceability and stability of an aging pipeline infrastructure is driving the adoption of smart sensors in the oil and gas pipeline monitoring market. According to the report, advanced sensing systems that leverage new technologies, such as wireless sensing, energy harvesting, smart materials, embedded electronic computing, miniaturization, robotic systems, and Big Data analytics intelligence, can increase return on investment, reduce down time, and improve public safety. “Wireless sensors are emerging as one of the strongest […]

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