Oil/Gas Pipelines Rehabilitation

Busted Water Pipe Causes Gaping Sinkhole in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City say a broken water pipe caused a large sinkhole to form in Manhattan. The 20-foot long sinkhole opened up on the Upper West Side Monday morning. According to the city Department of Environmental Protection, a private water pipe caused the sinkhole. Work..

TransCanada to Test Water in Drainage Ditch Near Pipeline Spill

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota official says TransCanada Corp. plans to test water from a drainage ditch near the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline to determine if it is polluted. Brian Walsh, a manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resou..

Envirosight Releases Sewer Rehab Cutter Bit Selection Poster

To serve as a visual guide for sewer rehabilitation workers to follow when identifying the best cutter bit to use in any pipeline rehabilitation project, Pipeline Renewal Technologies, an Envirosight company, has released a new Rehab Cutter Bit Selection poster. The poster outlines the optimal condi..

Keystone Pipeline Leak Didn’t Hit Water Supplies, Officials Say

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems. State officials and pipeline operator Tra..

Natural Gas Leak Blamed for Ohio Home Explosion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say a natural gas leak contributed to the home explosion in Ohio that killed a 54-year-old woman, but the cause of the leak is still unknown. In a statement Wednesday, Columbia Gas says they are confident their main lines and service lines did not contribute to t..

Colorado School Closes After Water Main Break Causes Flooding

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Crews are working to repair a major water main break in Greeley which has caused flooding in businesses and schools, forcing them and many streets to close. The Greeley Tribune reports officials believe the break occurred Sunday night. Superintendent of Distribution, Transmis..

Sewage from Mexico Sickens Beachgoers in California

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) – The mayor of a Southern California coastal city says he was among several beachgoers sickened from sewage that flowed north from Mexico last weekend. Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina tells the San Diego Union-Tribune on Wednesday he received no advanced notice from of..

Failed Sewer Pipe Spews 4.5M Gallons Into New York Lake

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in central New York say an aging sewer pipe that’s slated to be replaced has failed yet again, causing 4.5 million gallons (17 million liters) of raw sewage to flow into a lake. The Syracuse Post-Standard reports Onondaga County officials say the pipe that runs..

Envirosight Publishes Sewer Rehab Strategy Worksheet

Pipeline Renewal Technologies, an Envirosight company, has published a Sewer Rehab Strategy Worksheet designed to quickly pinpoint a given pipe on a recommendation matrix.  The worksheet includes a two-axis checklist composed of 12 yes-no questions, and is a supplement to the company’s recent white ..

7 Detroit-Area Communities Remain Under Boil Water Advisory

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Seven suburban Detroit communities are expected to remain under a boil water advisory through Sunday following this week’s water main break. The Great Lakes Water Authority gave the update Friday as it announced that the advisory for Bloomfield Township and Keego Harb..

Wastewater Spills Into Creek that Empties into the Missouri

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say untreated wastewater has spilled into a creek that drains into the Missouri River at Council Bluffs in western Iowa. The Iowa Natural Resources Department says Council Bluffs officials reported Wednesday that an estimated 360,000 gallons (1.36 million lit..

Michigan Water Main Break Continues to Affect Health Care, Schools

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A water main break in suburban Detroit continues to affect area hospital services and is keeping some students home from school for another day. The break of a 48-inch (122-centimeter) line Monday in Farmington Hills that serves customers in western Oakland County pro..

Detroit Boil Water Advisory to Last for Days

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say the earliest that a boil water advisory could be lifted for several suburban Detroit communities is Friday evening. The Great Lakes Water Authority gave the update Tuesday on Monday evening’s break of a 48-inch (122-centimeter) diameter pipe in Farmingto..

Gas Explosion Kills Pipeline Worker

NAVARRE, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff’s office says a natural gas pipeline explosion in Ohio killed a man doing maintenance work. The explosion Monday killed a Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline worker and caused a large gas leak just south of Canton that forced authorities to evacuate the neighborhood. ..

Boil Water Advisory Issued in Detroit Area After Main Break

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) – A water main break in suburban Detroit has prompted officials to issue a boil water advisory for about a dozen communities. The break on Monday evening in Farmington Hills affected surrounding communities and closed a number of area schools on Tuesday. In parts of Nov..

Sanitary Sewer Line Spills After Bayou Embankment Collapses

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston water and sewer officials are urging residents with private water wells in part of the city’s western outskirts to boil their drinking and bathing water for at least one minute. That’s after a 42-inch sanitary sewer pipe spilled more than 300,000 gallons of domestic wastewate..

Repairs Completed on Broken Water Main in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Public works crews have repaired a broken water main that caused a geyser to erupt from the ground in front of a New York City home. The owner of the home in Staten Island’s Todt Hill section told the Staten Island Advance that a powerful stream of water began pounding the front of ..

Washington Neighborhood Evacuated after Mudslide Hits Gas Pipeline

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — A neighborhood in a Seattle suburb was evacuated after a mudslide breached a natural gas line. KOMO-TV reports that emergency officials responded to the scene at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the Snohomish County city of Edmonds after receiving reports of a gas leak. About 30 h..

Judge Approves $1.6 Billion Plan to Repair Baltimore Sewers

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $1.6 billion plan to repair Baltimore’s aged sewer system and stop wastewater from leaking into the Inner Harbor. The consent agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency comes after years of negotiations between the city and regulators wh..

Nevada Regulators Fine Southwest Gas $300000 for 2 Gas Leaks in Las Vegas

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State regulators have fined Southwest Gas Corp. $300,000 for a pair of natural gas leaks it was responsible for in Las Vegas last year. Nevada Public Utilities Commission Chairman Joe Reynolds told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the fine approved Wednesday for violation ..

Oklahoma Crude Oil Line Ruptured by Construction Crew

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma regulators say environmental crews are cleaning up a crude oil spill near one of the world’s largest oil storage sites. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Wednesday that oil spilled into a dry creek bed in Lincoln County, south of the massive ..

Sewer Overflow Blamed for Killing Fish in Indiana Creek

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Officials say an overflow of sewage was the cause of a fish kill in a central Indiana creek. Residents noticed an undetermined number of dead fish in Kokomo’s Wildcat Creek over the weekend. Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokesman Barry Sneed tells the Kokomo Tr..

Vortex Companies, Deep Trekker Form Strategic Sewer Repair Partnership

The Vortex Companies announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Deep Trekker, a developer and manufacturer of commercial-grade pipe inspection crawlers and other remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Based in Canada, Deep Trekker and Vortex will aggressively attack the trench..

North Carolina Town Dealing with Repeated Sewer Spills

LELAND, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina town is struggling to deal with repeated sewage spills in the last two years. The StarNews of Wilmington reported the latest spill in Leland occurred Sept. 12 when more than 33,000 gallons (124,915 liters) of untreated wastewater bubbled up through a manhole. T..

Gas Line Explosion Destroys Equipment in California Desert

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say nobody was hurt when a natural gas line caught fire and exploded, destroying heavy construction equipment in the western Mojave Desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The San Bernardino Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2yjriLr ) the blas..

Boise State University Sinkhole Causes Flooding, Traps Fire Truck

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State University officials say a water main break caused massive flooding to stream through a main artery on the campus and trapped a fire engine inside a sinkhole. According to the university, a water main broke Monday evening near the Student Union Building. A fire engin..

Harvey Knocked out Dozens of Texas Water, Sewer Systems

DALLAS (AP) — State and federal environmental agencies report Harvey knocked out five drinking-water systems and seven sewage systems in the 58 Texas counties covered by Gov. Greg Abbott’s disaster declaration. In a joint statement issued Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tex..

Brine Spill Heightens Tribe Concern About Pipeline Material

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota American Indian tribe no longer wants fiberglass-based pipelines on its reservation after recent spills. Last month, a pipeline spilled more than 33,000 gallons of brine in a pasture on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The spill occurred on a segment of pip..

Jumpsuit Flushed Down Jail Toilet Causes Raw Sewage Flood

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey justice complex has sustained significant damage after an inmate flushed a jumpsuit down a toilet, causing the main sewer line to burst and flood the building. The incident occurred Sunday night at the Ocean County Justice Complex in Toms River. The Asbury..

'Fatberg' Found in Baltimore Sewer System After Overflow

BALTIMORE (AP) — A massive “fatberg” made up of congealed fat, wet wipes and other waste has been named as the culprit in a sewer overflow in Baltimore. The overflow discharged about 1.2 million gallons of sewage into the Jones Fall stream last week. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the fatb..