Oil/Gas Pipelines

Common Ground Alliance white paper highlights natural gas distribution stakeholders’ role in damage prevention

Common Ground Alliance announced the publication of a White Paper based on research among natural gas distribution stakeholders that points to this group’s influential position in the damage prevention industry and actions stakeholders can take to drive damages down.

Judge approves $230 million settlement in California oil spill case

The corroded undersea pipeline ruptured north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles. All American Pipeline later estimated that 142,800 gallons spilled.

NTSB opens public docket for investigation into fatal Coolidge, Ariz. pipeline rupture

(UC) — The National Transportation Safety Board opened the public docket Thursday as part of its ongoing investigation of the fatal, Aug. 15, 2021, natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and fire near Coolidge, Arizona.

Natural gas pipeline fire in water SE of New Orleans

Federal agencies investigated a natural gas pipeline explosion that started a towering blaze in a lake southeast of New Orleans on September 8, 2022. Preliminary information indicates a barge broke loose from its mooring and hit the pipeline, according to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

FERC Rate Change Posting Proposal Controversial

Responding to a June 2021 petition from interstate pipeline customers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed upgraded website posting requirements when pipelines file for a Section 4 rate change.

Oil company settles criminal cases in California pipeline spill

An oil company pleaded guilty in federal court to negligently discharging crude off the Southern California coast when its underwater pipeline ruptured last year, a spill that closed miles of shoreline and shuttered fisheries.

Oil spill settlement for undisclosed amount reached with California businesses

A pipeline operator said that it has reached a settlement with Southern California tourism companies, fishermen and other businesses that sued after a crude oil spill off the coast last year near Huntington Beach.

New Mexico oilfield regulators reach $1.8 million settlement with company

State oil and gas regulators say they have reached a financial settlement with XTO Permian Operating to resolve violation notices at wastewater injection sites in southeastern New Mexico.

Oilfield wastewater spill reported in northwest North Dakota

State regulators are investigating the spill of oilfield wastewater from a broken pipeline in northwestern North Dakota.

Idaho-Wyoming gas pipeline needs environmental study for approval

U.S. officials won’t approve a natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming until additional environmental studies are completed.

Australia's Santos buys underground gas pipeline route

Australia's Santos Ltd. said on Thursday it has acquired Hunter Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd., which owns an approved underground pipeline route, and plans to work with infrastructure developers to build the planned 550-mile pipeline.

Pipeline developer reaches settlement in residential water contamination case

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Operating agreed to independent testing of homeowners' water and promised to remediate contamination in a settlement of two separate criminal cases brought by the Pennsylvania attorney general.

KUB continues investment in East Tennessee water, sewer, natural gas, and fiber optic infrastructure

As infrastructure across the U.S. ages and communities begin to feel the impact, Knoxville Utilities Board continues what it started 15 years ago to ensure its safe and reliable utility services do not suffer as a result of aging infrastructure.

Dredging company fined $1 million for violating Clean Water Act after nicking oil pipeline

A Houston dredging company has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine for an oil spill that occurred when a subcontractor cut through an oil pipeline during barrier island restoration work off Louisiana in 2016.

EPA moves to give states, tribes more power to protect water

The Biden administration proposed undoing a Trump-era rule that limited the power of states and Native American tribes to block energy projects like natural gas pipelines based on their potential to pollute rivers and streams.

Rhode Island settles with gas companies in pollution lawsuit

Rhode Island will get $15 million through a settlement with major oil and gas companies that allegedly polluted the state’s soil and groundwater with a gasoline additive, the attorney general announced.

Comment period extended for Enbridge line reroute

The Department of Natural Resources extended the comment period involving the environmental impact of rerouting the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline after a lawsuit voices concerns of the possibility of drinking water contamination.

Pipeline construction finishes, lawsuits continue for Energy Transfer

Energy Transfer announces the completion of a multibillion-dollar pipeline system in Pennsylvania while facing criminal charges over waterway and water supply contamination due to the project.

Pipeline’s safeguards not working in Louisiana diesel spill

A corroded pipeline that spilled in Lousiana was found to not have a full functioning leak detection system at the time and the spill was larger than previously reported.

Pipeline rupture spills over 300,000 gallons of diesel in Louisiana

A pipeline rupture in New Orleans spills over 300,000 gallons of diesel.

$40M fine proposed for gas pipeline builder after spill

A builder responsible for a multi-state pipeline faces a proposed $40 million fine for an accidental spill of 2 million gallons of drilling mud.

Sunoco Ordered to Dredge Lake, Pay $4M Over Pipeline Spill

Sunoco Pipeline will dredge part of a lake and pay more than $4 million for spilling drilling fluid at a popular state park outside Philadelphia, in a settlement that will allow Mariner East 2 pipeline construction to resume.

Milford Companies has reached an agreement to sell Bull Creek Pipeline Services

Milford Companies has reached an agreement to sell Bull Creek Pipeline Services.

Wyoming Company to Pay $2M in Yellowstone Oil Pipeline Spill

A Wyoming pipeline company agreed to a $2 million settlement from a 2015 oil spill.

California Proposes New Oil Drilling Ban Near Neighborhoods

California officials proposed to ban new oil and gas drilling near neighborhoods.

Natural Gas Pipeline Project Sues Landowners for Easements

Northern Natural Gas Co. has negotiated easements for most landowners affected by its pipeline project after suing some in court.

Shifting Ground Prompts Utility to Shut Down Gas Main

A utility in Michigan shut down a gas main due to ground shifting beneath the pavement.

Liquified Natural Gas Project Misses Permit Deadlines

Questions arise about whether an LNG project in Oregon will continue after missed permit deadlines.

New Reports of Spills Along Line 3 Construction Route

Regulators in Minnesota report new releases of drilling fluid along the Line 3 pipeline.

Companies Remind Communities to Call 811 Before Digging

Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy are reminding customers to call 811 before digging to protect underground infrastructure.