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Colorado Has 3 Safety Officers to Check Pipelines from Thousands of Wells

State records show Colorado has only three people assigned to check on the safety of pipelines running from about 54,000 active oil and gas wells, a task that came under scrutiny after a leaking pipeline was blamed for a fatal …

PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in San Bruno Blast Probe Obstruction Case

PG&E Corp.’s utility pleaded not guilty to obstructing a federal investigation of the 2010 natural-gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb and said it received grand jury subpoenas in what prosecutors said was a separate …

Federal Agency Finds Pipeline Safety Oversight Inadequate

The federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday. The federal effort is so riddled with …

Criminal Charges for PG&E in Fatal 2010 Gas Pipeline Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. The indictment charges the utility with 12 felony violations …

PG&E Must Show Regulators Closed Pipeline is Safe

State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer. The California Public Utilities Commission has opened …

Oil Train Safety Rule Delayed by 1 Year

The Obama administration has delayed by nearly a year a plan to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery explosion that killed at least 47 people in Canada this month. Officials began work on …

Canada Insists on C$1 Billion Cleanup Fund for Major Oil Spills

Companies operating major crude oil pipelines in Canada will be required to have C$1 billion ($954.97 million) available to fund cleanups from any spills, the Canadian government said on Wednesday. Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources, also announced new …

Blasts Raise Questions About Pipeline Safety

Questions are being raised about the role of emergency shutoff valves in preventing natural gas explosions like the recent one at a Kansas City restaurant. The Kansas City Star reported that regulations require the valves’ installation, but not their use …

Arkansas AG Says Oil Spill Shows Need for Inspections

Arkansas’ attorney general says the recent rupture of an ExxonMobil pipeline highlights the need for pipeline maintenance, inspections and safety standards. State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel spoke to reporters Wednesday after visiting a Mayflower neighborhood where ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured …

Iowa Pipeline Association Offers Safety Training

A group focused on pipeline safety in Iowa is offering training. The Iowa Pipeline Association is conducting training scenarios throughout February at various locations around the state. The training sessions began Monday in Spencer, and several more are scheduled through …