Tag Archives: Integrity Management

Agency: New Rules Needed to Make Offshore Drilling Safer

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Companies that drill for oil and gas in U.S. waters should be required to work more closely with rig workers and regulators, as they do in Norway and the United Kingdom, to reduce the risk of accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) says. The board investigates major industrial accidents. It is concluding a long-running probe into the catastrophic blowout of a BP well six years ago in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and injured many others. The out-of-control leak also dumped millions of gallons of oil into the […]

US Judge OKs $20 Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation’s history. The settlement, first announced in July, includes $5.5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments. The money is to be paid out over roughly 16 years. The U.S. Justice Department has estimated that […]

TransCanada Says Spill Shut Down Keystone Pipeline

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says the Keystone pipeline will likely remain shut down for the rest of the week while officials investigate an apparent oil spill in southeastern South Dakota. Oil was discovered on a 300-square-foot area in a ditch near a Freeman-area pump station. About 100 workers are at the site removing soil and determining the location of the leak. A company spokesman says crews have found no pipeline damage. TransCanada hasn’t released the amount of oil or speculated on cleanup costs. TransCanada says it has found no significant harm to the […]

Low-Temperature Tempering on Mechanical Properties of Induction Bends

December 2015 Vol. 242, No. 12

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal Operating for nearly 30 years, Triple D Bending is considered Western Canada’s leading bender. With three Induction Benders, state-of-the art technology and a partnership with Prooftest Consulting Inc., research and development projects are a consistent priority for the company. Recently, Triple D Bending prepared an in-depth study on the influence of low-temperature tempering on mechanical properties of induction bends. Induction bending is a largely automated, free-forming process in which the front part of the received pipe is clamped to a pivoted arm and pushed through an induction ring. The […]

Study: California Leak Was Top Methane Release in US History

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, scientists reported Thursday. The 16-week blowout from a well at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility spewed 107,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published in the journal Science. While preliminary figures from the study were previously reported, the article includes final results and puts the leak in context with other disasters and other sources of global warming. The […]

SoCalGas Facility Must Pass Tougher Tests to Operate Again

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the larger subject of old energy infrastructure nationwide. It also put heat on the state to speed up tougher new regulations that will outlaw a risky practice that put the well in jeopardy of a blowout. […]

Lawmakers Mull Moratorium on SoCalGas Storage Facility

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are considering legislation that would prevent a utility from resuming full operations at a facility that had a massive natural gas leak for nearly four months. The bill requiring testing of wells at the Southern California Gas Co. facility near Los Angeles faces an Assembly committee hearing Monday. The measure by Sen. Fran Pavley would put a moratorium on gas injections at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility until state regulators determine the facility is safe. The well that leaked was permanently sealed last week after spewing methane uncontrollably […]

California Declares Massive Natural Gas Leak Sealed

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that spewed massive amounts of climate-changing methane for nearly four months and drove thousands of Los Angeles families from their homes has been permanently sealed, state officials declared Thursday. The announcement certifying that the ruptured well had been plugged with cement brought a point of closure in the long-running drama that has disrupted life in the Porter Ranch community and drawn attention to a massive underground storage facility owned by Southern California Gas Co. Testing showed the well was no longer leaking, Jason Marshall, […]

PHMSA: Pipe Corrosion Led to Santa Barbara Oil Spill

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — External corrosion on an oil pipeline was the root cause of a leak that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May, federal regulators reported. The spill occurred after pumps on the Plains All American Pipeline were shut down and restarted, sending a larger volume of oil surging through the 2-foot-wide pipe at higher pressure, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration  (PHMSA) said in preliminary findings. After the leak occurred, however, and plunging pressure in the pipeline triggered an alarm, it wasn’t shut down for more than 30 minutes. […]

Cliff Meidl’s Personal Mission: Your Safety

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

It is near impossible to find a better representative speaking for the underground construction industry than Cliff Meidl, a kayaker whose heroic triumph over adversity brought him such acclaim that he was nominated to lead Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Meidl is a man literally on his third or fourth life. Once you read his remarkable story, decide for yourself what still keeps this 50-year-old Californian ticking. We return to 1986 when Meidl suffered near-fatal injuries in a trenching accident.  P&GJ: Cliff, how were you hurt?    Meidl: […]

Mobile Inspection Forms Cut Time, Maximize Accuracy of Audits

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Recordkeeping increasingly is the linchpin for the safe, reliable construction and operation of energy pipeline systems. In both the aftermath of natural gas pipeline incidents and in the attempts to develop a more sophisticated safety culture that employs technology advances to expand preventive maintenance, accurate, up-to-date and accessible inspection records are a risk-management necessity. This has required a technology and a mindset transformation of sorts for the oil and gas industry. Emerging from more recent federal and state regulatory responses to pipeline failures, some catastrophic in their effects, there has been a renewed emphasis on […]

Does Aligning Cybersecurity, Process Safety Approaches Reduce Risk?

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Cyber-attacks are more hostile and frequent than ever. We’ve all heard news stories about how intellectual property and private information have been stolen by hackers. When this happens, it can be costly in some cases and embarrassing in others. However, for industrial operations, the stakes are much higher. It is absolutely essential we protect industrial operations from cyber-interference to avoid any compromise to the safety and security of the plant, its people and the environment. A recent news story published on Bloomberg.com described a 2008 explosion at an oil pipeline, identifying a cyber-attack as the […]

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