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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 desalination plants. It says large volumes of floating oil have been removed, and that it has contacted oil companies to determine the source of the leak. The oil spill came to light a week and a half ago. Authorities reported a second offshore oil […]

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 Transportation Safety Board. Two longtime school employees died in the Aug. 2 collapse at Minnehaha Academy. The preliminary report doesn’t identify the maintenance worker who urged people to evacuate, but the school identified him as Don DuBois, a Minnehaha Academy alum. The NTSB report said DuBois heard […]

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. Veracruz’s Public Safety Department published photos showing a thick column of smoke rising from an agricultural field and some charred vehicles. State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said Saturday’s explosion was “caused by an illegal tap” and had been extinguished. Fuel theft is a […]

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 Monday, the Lincoln Journal Star reported . Witnesses said the two homeowners were thrown from the house during the blast. Police said Thursday that both were hospitalized in medically induced comas. Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said investigators have obtained a search warrant and are conducting interviews. Investigators also are evaluating […]

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 confirmation on the size or cause of the accident. The spill occurred near Ras al-Zour, in southern Kuwait, Reuters reports, where Kuwait National Petroleum Company is currently building the biggest oil refinery in the Middle East, capable of handling 615,000 barrels of crude daily […]

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 Minnehaha Academy reduced part of a building on its upper school campus to rubble. City fire officials said Wednesday’s collapse was caused by a natural gas explosion. Contractors were working in the school at the time, and some witnesses said they were warned of a gas leak moments before the blast. Some […]

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 who recently fined Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone, Minnesota, in another incident are investigating. President Brad Carstensen says the company took the necessary steps to locate underground pipelines, and is still investigating what happened. The Bismarck Tribune reports it’s at least the second gas pipeline the contractor has […]

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 spokesman for utility Eversource says the leak was caused by a contractor who struck a gas line. The utility responded to the scene to shut off area valves. The gas leak in East Cambridge near Kendall Square was reported at about 8 a.m. The site is not far from the Massachusetts […]

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 Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), said that it had shut the pipeline last Friday following a leak that had occurred in Ogoniland. The company was investigating the cause of the leak, it has said, as reported by Reuters. Trans Niger Pipeline is the other export route for Bonny Light […]

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 public feedback sessions on a consultant’s report that listed alternatives for dealing with the pipelines. The sessions are taking place Monday in Holt and Traverse City and Tuesday in St. Ignace. Mark Griffin of the Michigan Petroleum Association said decommissioning Line 5 would require transporting its oil another […]

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 (8-kilometer) segment beneath the waterway where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet is divided into two lines. Environmental groups say the pipelines are old and should be decommissioned, while the company says they’re in good shape. Options in the report include leaving the lines in place, rerouting them, running […]

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. Montana-Dakota Utilities says the incident cut off service to some natural gas customers for a time.

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