Oil/Gas Pipelines

Gas Line Explosion Raises Concerns About Old Michigan Pipes

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental advocates say Michigan’s aging gas pipelines have a heightened risk of corrosion or other material failure that could cause a fire or explosion. The concerns follow last month’s gas explosion in Orion Township, about 30 miles north of Detroit, The De..

Nobody Hurt in Natural Gas Pipeline Fire

SOMERVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a natural gas pipeline fire in Central Texas in an early-morning blaze that could be seen for several miles. The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office says nobody was hurt in the fire reported about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a rural sit..

Multiple Manholes Catch Fire, Explode in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when multiple manholes caught fire and exploded in Boston. City fire officials say crews responded to the city’s Brighton neighborhood on Sunday morning for a report of a manhole explosion. Five Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority manholes were o..

Company: Cause of New Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture Unknown

LOVING, N.M. (AP) – A Houston-based energy company says it’s investigating what caused one of its natural gas pipelines to rupture, explode and catch fire in southeastern New Mexico’s oil patch. Spokesman Rick Rainey of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. says the incident early Wednesday morning in ..

Father, Son Killed in Northern Illinois Pipeline Explosion

NACHUSA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northern Illinois say a father and son were killed in a natural gas pipeline explosion while working on a farm field. Officials on Wednesday said 59-year-old father Rory Miller of Amboy and 30-year-old son Ryan Miller of Oregon died in the Tuesday morning explosi..

Natural Gas Pipeline Ruptured, Explodes in Northern Illinois

NACHUSA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northern Illinois say two men working on a farm field were killed and two others seriously injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department says the explosion happened at about 9 a.m. Tuesday at a farm near Nachusa. Saukvalley.com ..

Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in New Mexico

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — A pipeline exploded in southeastern New Mexico’s oil patch, closing two highways but causing no reported injuries. Eddy County Emergency Manager Jennifer Armendariz says the pipeline that exploded early Wednesday morning is in a sparsely populated area about 10 miles (16 k..

Water Main Break Causes I-694 Sinkhole in East Twin Cities

OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a large water main break has caused a giant sinkhole under Interstate 694 in Oakdale and is slowing water pressure for residents of the eastern Twin Cities suburb. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says the freeway was temporarily closed for two miles in b..

CIPP Lateral Sewer Rehabilitation: Does It Perform As Expected?

By Larry Kiest, Jr. A major challenge faced by nearly every utility is how to address its aging underground infrastructure. Sewer pipes are failing from coast to coast as America finds itself on a fast track to replace or renew sewer collection systems. A major driving force is the mandate set fort..

Parked Car Falls into Hole Formed When Old Water Pipe Breaks

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A major water main break has opened up several holes on a New Hampshire street, and a parked car has fallen into one of them. WMUR-TV reports the empty car was lifted out of the hole in Manchester just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Officials say the water pipe broke just after 5 ..

Baltimore Begs People Not to Dump Grease Down Drain

BALTIMORE (AP) — Are you the sort of person who dumps greasy globs of congealed fat and oil down the drain when washing up? If so, Baltimore’s public works department wants you to knock it off this Thanksgiving. The agency is asking residents to refrain from pouring cooking fats, oils and grease “..

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..

Pipeline Construction Project Hearing Kicks off in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A hearing opens in St. Paul on Wednesday on whether Enbridge Energy should be allowed to replace a stretch of its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline that crosses northern Minnesota. The 12-day “evidentiary hearing” before an administrative law judge will be a trial-like proceedi..

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 ..

Lawmaker Blasts Video Game Allowing Fantasy Pipeline Attacks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker wants to impose new restrictions on state funding of the arts after learning about a video game that lets players zap imaginary oil pipelines with lightning bolts. Elizabeth LaPensee received nearly $3,300 from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to c..

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..

Enbridge Knew of Line 5 Damage Years Ago

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The company that operates twin oil pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway says it knew three years ago that protective coating had been damaged but didn’t inform regulatory agencies. Enbridge Inc. says four gaps were opened in enamel coating on one section of Line 5 in Mich..

Video Game Enabling Fantasy Pipeline Attacks Under Fire

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A video game developed by a Michigan State University assistant professor supports “eco-terrorism” by enabling players to zap imaginary oil pipelines with lightning bolts, an industry group said Wednesday, although the designer countered that it’s not meant to incite viol..

Pipeline Protesters Receive Jail Time

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man and a Rhode Island woman are the first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. Sixty-four-year-old Mary Redway and 27-year-old Alexander Simon were convicted Oct. 19 of misdemeanor disorderly conduct during the protests in North ..

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..

Database Seeks to Highlight Pipeline Infrastructure Attacks

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil and gas industry group is seeking to highlight what it says is an increase in protester attacks on energy infrastructure such as oil pipelines through an online database cataloguing incidents of “eco-terrorism, sabotage, arson, vandalism and violence.” The Energy Equipm..

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..