10k Gallons of Oil Leaked in North Dakota

Heath Department in North Dakota said that an oil spill was reported on Friday by Samson Oil & Gas USA, where more than 10,000 gallons of oil has spilled from a pipeline in Williams County.

The spill occurred on Thursday north of Williston at a well pad and affected a small patch of nearby grassland, environmental scientist Brian O'Gorman said. According to O'Gorman, no water sources were affected, but the cause of the spill is under investigation.

He added that about 4,200 gallons had been recovered by late Friday afternoon and the spill was contained.


Cheniere’s Sabine Pass Storage Tanks Shut Down

Recently, two Louisiana Sabine LNG storage tanks leaked on the Sabine Pass export terminal. Consequentially, U.S. Energy and safety regulators, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), denied authorization for Cheniere Energy Inc. to return these tanks back to service.

Discovered on January 22, 2018 by some plant workers was a 1 to 6 foot long crack in one tank leaking into an outer layer. Cheniere’s two tanks were quickly shut down by PHMSA on February 8, 2018 and they were told by agencies that any service returned to a tank before safety requirements were met would be at their own risk.

While Cheniere agreed in April of 2018 that they would begin correcting issues, regulators have reported that the company has “failed to comply" in some instances of testing equipment and providing documentation.

Cheniere claims they have “been responsive and forthcoming throughout this process and will continue to be,” and they “will provide a formal response” to the claims agencies have made about them.

In order for Cheniere to return the tanks to service, a structural re-inspection of all five LNG storage tanks in Sabine, capable of holding 17 bcf, and an installation of specific devices to alert them of leaks is required.

Source: Reuters

TransCanada Restarts Keystone Oil Pipeline After Recent Leak in Missouri

A section of TransCanada’s Keystone oil pipeline has been restarted after a leak of about 43 barrels of crude occurred in Missouri earlier this month forcing the company to shut service on the pipe, company spokesman Terry Cunha said.

Keystone pipeline system allows the flow of 590,000 bpd taking Canadian crude from northern Alberta to refineries in the U.S. Midwest.

Following a leak of 43 barrels of crude oil, TransCanada had shut an arm of Keystone from Steele City, Nebraska to Patoka, Illinois on February 6th.

A spokesman for U.S. regulator PHMSA said that the line was restarted with a 20 percent reduction of pressure.


Enbridge’s Platte Pipeline Will Restart Saturday As Missouri Oil Leak Investigation Continues

An unidentified leak near St. Louis, Missouri has shut down Enbridge’s Platte Pipeline, however the company has said that it will restart normal operations on Saturday.

Enbridge is “highly confident” that the source of the leak is not from the Platte Pipeline.

The leak being investigated has also prompted TransCanada to shut its Keystone Pipeline between Steele City, Nebraska and Patoka, Illinois. That pipeline runs parallel to Enbridge’s Platte line.

43 barrels of crude oil was released into the soil, according the Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources.


Temporary Evacuations Occur as CenterPoint Investigates Reports of Gas-Odor In Houston

CenterPoint Energy is investigating reports of a gas-like odor throughout the Houston area, a company spokeswoman said.

The company said that it hasn’t found any actual gas leaks so far, however it is still investigating every single call about the odor.

The Houston Fire Department tweeted about the odor at around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, saying many of the reports were coming from northeast Houston.

According to the city’s Office of Emergency Management, the odor began moving south and southeast throughout the city.

The Municipal Courts Building near downtown Houston was temporarily evacuated Wednesday morning because of the odor.

The fire department is working with CenterPoint Energy to locate the source of the smell. 

The emergency management office has urged residents who smell the odor to remain indoors, close their windows and turn off air conditioning and heating systems.


Trans Mountain Traces Gas-Like Substance to Private Home After Initial Leak Scare

Trans Mountain confirmed that a portion of its pipeline in Surrey, British Columbia was shut down on Sunday after crews received reports of a gas-like odor in the area, as well as a gas-like substance found in a ditch near the line.

British Columbia’s environment ministry confirmed the gas-like substance traced back to a private home just west of the Port Mann Bridge.

After the ministry was notified of the substance, a vacuum truck was on scene to clean up minor “sheens.” As precautionary measures, the pipeline was shut down.

It was difficult to tell if the substance came from a pipeline, a vehicle, or just dumped there despite looking like residual gasoline, Morris said.

In an email to News 1130, Trans Mountain confirmed crews and equipment were deployed after the complaint occurred.

News 1130

Targa Pipeline Explosion That Killed 3-Year-Old Caused by Hole in Pipeline

An August explosion that killed a 3-year old girl in Midland was caused by a natural gas pipeline which had been leaking “for some time,” according to a report from Energy and Environmental News.

The leak was caused by a dime-sized hole according to a Railroad Commission of Texas incident report. The report also states that the gathering line owned by Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex was “compromised”. The steel wall of the line and the tar coating was supposed to protect the line.

The 3-year-old died two days after the initial incident, and her sisters and parents were badly burned in the explosion, according to the report.

Gas in the 10-inch-diameter pipeline was not odorized and the line was about 20 feet from the front of the family’s mobile home.

Targa hired a contractor to remove a 19-foot section of the pipe, and it was taken to a Targa location under “lock and key,”. The pipe will reportedly be sent to a laboratory for examination. RRC officials wrote that only Targa lawyers have access to the damaged pipe.


33,000 Gallons Leaked Into Creek by Sunoco's 12-inch Pipeline, PHMSA Says

Sunoco’s 81-year-old pipeline, in which they plan to convert for natural gas liquids, leaked
33,000 gallons of gasoline into a creek near Philadelphia in June because of an unspecified pipe failure, according to new data from a federal agency.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released a spreadsheet disclosing details of the investigation into the spill at Darby Creek near Philadelphia International Airport. The leak was first reported by a member of the public on June 19.

Data shows that 798 barrels, or 33,516 gallons, of gasoline were unintentionally released by the pipeline that runs from Point Breeze near Philadelphia to the Montello terminal at Sinking Spring near Reading, Bucks County.

A section of the 12-inch pipeline will be used temporarily as part of the new Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline until construction on delayed sections of the line is completed, Sunoco has said.

About two-thirds of the spill, or 509 barrels was recovered, leaving a total of 289 barrels or 12,138 gallons, according to PHMSA data. The pipeline had been shut down for routine maintenance the day before the leak was reported, and then restarted with a new section to replace the leaking pipe on July 1.

The report did not specify any environmental damage, however soil contamination is present and there will be a need for long-term remediation.

State Impact Pennsylvania

Federal Officials Say That a Line 5 Leak Would be Dealt With Swiftly

After Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, questioned the readiness of government agencies as well as Enbridge regarding potential Line 5 leaks, federal officials responded on Monday and said they were prepared to act quickly if there was a leak in Michigan’s sensitive waterways.

The senator was skeptical and mentioned that the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system.

Enbridge’s Line 5 carries 23 million gallons of oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin and Sarnia, Ontario. Part of that pipeline, approximately 5 miles, runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac, where lakes Huron and Michigan converge.

Enbridge has reiterated that the 65-year-old pipeline is in good condition, challenging environmentalists and some elected officials who have said it poses a risk of causing a catastrophic Great Lakes spill and should be decommissioned.

“I don’t want to wait until the next disaster to consider what more we could have done to prevent it,” Peters said.

David Bryson, Enbridge’s senior vice president for liquid pipeline operations, said the Canadian company takes “extra precautions” with the underwater section of Line 5, describing it as “the most inspected segment of pipe in our entire North American network.”

The Seattle Times

Enbridge Line 5 Leak Would Cost $2 Billion According to Experts

Experts believe that in a worst-case scenario of a Line 5 leak, Enbridge would be looking at nearly $2 billion in costs for the oil pipeline that sits where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.
The state of Michigan released a draft of an old report conducted by an independent team of scientists estimating that half the cost would be for cleanup and lost tourism income.

Enbridge says the pipeline is in good shape; although, critics say that the line is vulnerable to leaks and should be shut down.

Last month, reports stated that Line 5 crosses 74 sensitive waterways, and two years ago, over 60 people gathered and protested outside the home of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette demanding he shut down the line.

Enbridge said that the $2 billion worst-case scenario is “purely hypothetical.”

AP News

ETP Discovers Cause of July Gasoline Leak Near Philadelphia Creek

Energy Transfer Partners has discovered that a gasoline leak in Philadelphia last month was caused by its 12-inch pipeline in the area.

The June 22 leak happened in a nearby creek, and as a precaution, ETP shut down both 12-inch and eight-inch pipelines in the area that help carry refined products from refineries to New York Harbor and Western Pennsylvania. 

After originally not knowing the cause, ETP responded saying that it was still determining whether the leak came from its pipelines or not.

The eight-inch pipeline was reopened three days after the initial leak was reported, but the larger line remained shut as investigations continued.

ETP has replaced a section of the pipeline and returned the line to service, the company said on Tuesday.



ETP Shuts Two Philadelphia Pipes After Possible Gasoline Leak

Energy Transfer Partners said it is keeping two Philadelphia refined product pipelines shut down while it investigates discovered gasoline in a creek nearby.

The two pipes, one 8-inch and one 12-inch, help carry refined products from refineries to New York Harbor and Western Pennsylvania.

The shutdowns came as a result of a Friday precaution regarding discovered gasoline in a creek outside Philadelphia. ETP responded on Friday saying that it was still trying to determine whether the leak came from its pipelines.

The source of the leak has yet to be discovered, and ETP has not responded to requests for comments.


Five-Year Cleanup of 840,000-gallon Oil Pipeline Spill Wraps Up in North Dakota

A North Dakota farm family affected by a 2013 oil spill that leaked some 840,000 gallons of oil across their wheat field is finally ready to plant for the first time after nearly five years of cleanup work.

The spill came from a pipeline owned by former Tesoro, which is now Andeavor, who said lightning may have struck the line and caused the pipeline rupture in northern North Dakota near the Canadian border in 2013.

The spill came to affect about 14 acres of land and has cost the pipeline company $93 million in cleanup efforts. The original cost estimate of cleanup was about $4 million.

The pipeline company said the spill did not affect water sources or any wildlife.

The farm family told reporters it hopes to plant a cover crop this year on the spill-affected area to put nutrients back into the soil in order to encourage a cash crop next year.

The Andeavor spill has been called one of the largest onshore spills in U.S. history.

Houston Chronicle

November Keystone Crude Oil Spill Nearly Double Original Estimated Amount

A 2017 crude oil spill in South Dakota that came from TransCanada's Keystone pipeline was nearly double the original estimate, making the November incident the largest inland spill in the U.S. since 2010.

The Aberdeen American News reported that a spokesperson for TransCanada told the newspaper the incident caused 9,700 barrels of oil to leak in rural South Dakota on November 16. The original estimate was 5,000 barrels.

The pipeline was shut down immediately following the incident and was back in operation less than two weeks later.

TransCanada said the pipeline had been fully repaired and cleanup had been conducted.

The Keystone crude oil pipeline moves 590,000 barrels a day and links Alberta's oil fields to U.S. refineries.


Husky Energy Faces Charges After Major 2016 Pipeline Leak in Saskatchewan

Husky Energy is facing provincial and federal charges related to a pipeline leak in 2016 that spilled 1,570 barrels of oil into the North Saskatchewan River and forced a number of cities in Saskatchewan to temporarily stop drinking water from the river.

Environment and Climate Change Canada laid nine charges against the company, and the Saskatchewan province laid one charge.

The maximum fine under federal laws ranges from C$15,000 to C$1 million ($11,669 to $778,938), and the maximum fine under Saskatchewan's environmental rules is C$1 million.

The charges follow a 19-month investigation at both the federal and provincial levels.

The Calgary-based energy company said in a statement that it regrets what happened and takes full responsibility for it.


Washington Gov. Signs Measure to Boost Oil Transportation Safety in State

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a law improving oil transportation safety to protect state waterways from contamination.

The legislation includes the intent to raise funds that would be used in the prevention of oil spills as well as in the development of tighter preparedness plans that would be followed if oil were to contaminate waterways.

The measure also extends the state's oil barrel tax to pipelines, which currently pays for spill response prevention measures for oil received by train or vessels.

The Department of Ecology must increase coordination with Canadian partners to increase safety, data sharing, and to talk about issues related to reducing oil spill risk and navigational safety.

The DOE must also practice equipment deployment drills every three years for onshore and offshore sites, according to the measure.

The Spokesman-Review

Gas Pipeline Leak Causes Evacuation of More than 1,000 Homes in San Diego

A ruptured and leaking gas pipeline in San Diego on Wednesday caused the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes and shut down five miles of a nearby freeway for several hours.

The rupture was caused by a construction worker who accidentally drilled into the 20-inch pipeline Wednesday morning while helping with a road expansion. The incident occurred near the Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley, San Diego.

At least 1,100 homes and some nearby businesses near the leak were evacuated, and authorities closed a section of State Route 163.

San Diego Gas & Electric finally capped the pipeline Wednesday evening. The evacuations were lifted, and the freeway was reopened, but repairs still need to be made to the pipeline.


Cleanup Underway After Centurion Pipeline Oil Spill in Oklahoma

Cleanup is underway in Yukon, Oklahoma after a pipeline burst on Sunday, spilling an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil into a private pond.

The spill occurred from a pipe owned by Centurion Pipeline, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp. The company said the release has been contained.

The EPA told local reporters that hundreds of dead fish are being removed from the private pond as cleanup continues.

Centurion sent local reporters an updated statement Monday saying the company has made significant improvements in removing oil from the pond and that it will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

News 9

Colorado Regulators Approve New Regulations for Flow Lines After Fatal Gas Explosion

Colorado regulators on Tuesday approved the "most comprehensive rules addressing flow lines in the country" in response to a fatal gas explosion that occurred in April 2017 due to a leaking pipeline.

The rules set requirements for installing, testing, and shutting down flow lines. They also require energy companies to report the locations of many pipelines to state regulators. Companies must also provide information on the location of flow lines to the Call 811 program, which marks the site of underground pipelines at a property owner's request.

The stricter regulations come after the April 17 explosion at a house in Firestone, Colorado that killed two people and injured a third. Investigators found that the explosion was caused by a leaking natural gas flow line that had been severed.

The flow line was believed to be abandoned but was still connected to an operating well with an open valve. As a result, odorless gas seeped into the home's basement.

Now flow lines that are permanently taken out of service must be disconnected, drained, and sealed at both ends. Any above-ground portions must be removed.


Tallgrass Isolates Segment of Pipeline in Ohio after Gas Release, Fire

Tallgrass Energy Partners said it isolated a segment of its Seneca Lateral pipeline following an unexpected release of natural gas and fire in Noble County, Ohio on Wednesday.

The natural gas release and fire that occurred at 2:30am ET on Wednesday resulted in no injuries or evacuations, the company reported. All fires are out, and the cause is being investigated.

The Seneca Lateral pipeline that runs between the MPLX MarkWest processing plant and the Tallgrass Rockies Express (REX) pipeline will remain unavailable until repairs can be made, the company told its customers.

The Seneca Lateral pipeline feeds gas from Utica shale producers onto its REX pipeline after processing at the MarkWest Seneca facility.