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Company Asks Judge to Dismiss Dakota Access Complaint

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Carolina-based company that says it was a management consultant for the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is asking a judge to dismiss a complaint alleging it illegally provided security services in North Dakota. Company president James Reese maintains TigerSwan provided only management consulting services for Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners, and that the physical security work was handled by other companies hired by ETP and ETP’s contractors. North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board in late June sued TigerSwan and Reese in state court, saying the company had no […]

NEXUS Pipeline Receives Favorable Ruling

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal magistrate in Akron has dealt a significant blow to efforts by some Ohio property owners to stop a high-pressure natural gas pipeline from being built. U.S. Magistrate Kathleen Burke in a written recommendation filed Monday said the U.S. District Court in northern Ohio lacks jurisdiction to consider a lawsuit filed in May by more than 60 property owners that sought to prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from approving construction plans for the 250-mile-long (402-kilometer) NEXUS pipeline. The $2 billion project is designed to carry 1.5 billion cubic feet (42.5 […]

Colorado Hunting Ranch Sues Oil Company over Pipeline Leak

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The owner of a Colorado big-game hunting ranch has sued an oil and gas company over a pipeline leak that the suit says contaminated the property and killed its planned $5 million sale. Lawyers for Bishop Ranch LLC filed the suit on July 18 against Encana in Rio Blanco County, where the ranch is located, The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2u0NSH0) reported Monday. The suit says condensate and/or produced water “impacted and contaminated the springs, surface water, ground water, vegetation, land, soil and sediment … onto the Bishop Ranch by way of […]

Suit Challenges Mountain Valley Pipeline, Federal Agency

ROANOKE, Va. (AP)  — A newly filed lawsuit is seeking to stop federal regulators from granting the developers of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline the power of eminent domain. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Roanoke, Virginia, on behalf of property owners in the pipeline’s path. It challenges the constitutional authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines, to grant eminent domain powers to private profit-seeking parties. Spokeswomen for FERC and the pipeline said they could not comment on pending litigation. The 303-mile project would transport natural […]

Tribes Fight Trade Groups’ Intervention in Pipeline Dispute

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes fighting in court to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline are objecting to the possible intervention of national energy and manufacturing trade groups in the dispute. The groups want a say because they maintain a shutdown of the $3.8 billion pipeline moving North Dakota oil to Illinois would adversely impact the oil industry. Tribal attorneys say the groups’ arguments are lengthy and duplicate those already made by Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and federal officials who permitted the project. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg last month ordered […]

Keystone XL Opponents May Appeal Decision

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Foes of the Keystone XL oil pipeline said Friday they may appeal a South Dakota judge’s decision upholding state regulators’ approval for the pipeline to cross the state, potentially extending the legal conflict over the pipeline. Two groups said they are weighing whether to raise the issue to the state Supreme Court, while an attorney for a Native American tribe in South Dakota also said its lawyers are examining an appeal. A state judge last month affirmed a Public Utilities Commission decision that tribes, landowners and others challenged. Robin Martinez, […]

Judge Orders Pipeline Protesters off Own Property

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Pennsylvania family to vacate some of its property that was seized by company that wants to lay a $2.5 billion pipeline across it. An attorney for the Gerhart family isn’t sure whether they’ll appeal Thursday’s order by Huntingdon County Judge George Zanic. The family and their supporters have been camping out on the property to protest a right of way obtained by Sunoco Logistics. The Gerharts are still waiting for the state Supreme Court to hear an appeal of Zanic’s earlier ruling letting Sunoco take 3.2 […]

Judge Announces Trump Won’t be Defendant in Pipeline Lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump won’t be added as a defendant in a lawsuit over the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline that he pushed to completion, a federal judge announced as one of the conditions of allowing a group of Sioux tribal members to intervene in the case. The order Monday by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg eliminates a possible complication to a case that has lingered almost a year. American Indian and environmental activists plan a rally Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., as Boasberg oversees an unrelated hearing in […]

Environmental Groups Sue over Pipeline Permitting Decisions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Several environmental groups are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over part of the permitting process for two proposed natural gas pipelines. The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Bold Alliance and Preserve Craig Inc. filed suit this week in Richmond Circuit Court. They’re challenging an approval DEQ granted in April that allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the broader of two types of water quality reviews for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. The suit alleges, among other things, that DEQ “acted arbitrarily and capriciously in finding […]

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 (https://goo.gl/IAvBLJ ) that 50-year-old Jeff Markoff filed the lawsuit Friday. Markoff says he was about 90 feet from where the blast ignited and that has suffered memory and hearing loss, severe headaches, and other health issues. Markoff and eight other firefighters were treated and released from a hospital that day. Puget Sound Energy declined to comment […]

Pennsylvania Residents File Lawsuit Over Pipeline Construction Project

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — Six Pennsylvania residents say Sunoco Logistics’ proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline is too close to their homes under a township code. The Delaware County Daily Times (http://bit.ly/2pw2BT6 ) says the Middletown Township residents contend codes adopted more than 50 years ago don’t allow petroleum product transmission lines within 75 feet of residences. They filed their lawsuit in Common Pleas Court last week. The 350-mile-long pipeline across southern Pennsylvania that state environmental regulators approved in February will carry propane, butane and ethane from the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation to an export […]

Pipeline Operators, Are You Prepared for NTSB Accident Investigations?

April 2017, Vol. 244, No. 4

The aftermath of a liquid or natural gas pipeline accident can be chaotic and quite demanding for a pipeline operator and its employees. The effect on people, property and the environment can be dramatic. The effort required to respond to a pipeline accident can be overwhelming, especially when combined with the need to continue running the company.  Most pipeline companies and utilities are well-prepared to stop the flow of product and coordinate with emergency responders, but many are not prepared for a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation. Operators may struggle and make significant mistakes...

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