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Governor extends halt on natural gas site near LA after leak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage fields to remain shut down while it deals with the fallout from a four-month gas leak. The new law signed Tuesday requires Southern California Gas Company to test the safety of its 114 wells in Aliso Canyon before they can ...

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Keystone pipeline ready for restart after repairs completed

Keystone pipeline ready for restart after repairs completed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. said Saturday that it has completed repairs to its Keystone Pipeline, a week after the pipeline oozed thousands of gallons of Canadian crude into a South Dakota field. James Millar, a spokesman for the Calgary-based company, said the pipeline was expected to be restarted on Saturday. It’s still not clear what caused a breech. ...

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Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer’s end

Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer's end

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California Gas Co. said Thursday that a huge natural gas storage field closed by a monthslong leak should reopen by late summer. The utility laid out a framework for safety testing on wells in the Aliso Canyon storage field near Los Angeles. The underground reservoir hasn’t received new supplies since the leak was discovered ...

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TransCanada says spill forces shut down of Keystone pipeline

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FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says the Keystone pipeline will likely remain shut down for the rest of the week while officials investigate an apparent oil spill in southeastern South Dakota. Oil was discovered on a 300-square-foot area in a ditch near a Freeman-area pump station. About 100 workers are at the site removing soil and determining the location ...

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Oil company fined $75K for illegal venting in gas leak zone

Oil company fined $75K for illegal venting in gas leak zone

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A private oil and gas company was penalized $75,000 on Friday for secretly venting natural gas in the same Southern California canyon and at the same time that a utility was trying to cap a massive leak that drove thousands from their homes. The California Division of Oil, Gas and Natural Resources on Friday announced the ...

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Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

SEATTLE (AP) — A natural gas explosion rocked a Seattle neighborhood early Wednesday, sending nine firefighters to the hospital and reducing businesses to rubble. Crews were responding to reports of a natural gas leak when the explosion happened along the main thoroughfare of the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, just north of downtown, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold said. As the ...

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Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

LOS ANGELES — The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes has publicly understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked over the past three months, the company’s own data suggests. In trying to reassure the public there’s no long-term health risk from the leak, ...

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Marcellus.com Top 5 stories of the week 9/15 – 9/19

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Here are the top 5 stories of the week of September 15th through the 19th on Marcellus.com: 1. Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead. Read more here   2. EPA grants extension on power plant pollution ...

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Pennsylvania DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine

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Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Range Resources will pay penalties totaling $4.15 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County that caused soil and groundwater contamination. It’s the largest fine ever imposed against a Marcellus Shale gas drilling company, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order ...

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Range Resources faces fine over Pennsylvania fracking wastewater leak

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David DeKok | Reuters HARRISBURG Pa. – Oil and gas producer Range Resources did not properly monitor leaks from a wastewater containment pond in Pennsylvania and the state has begun enforcement action that could lead to a fine, state officials said on Wednesday. A leak was detected earlier this year at the Yeager impoundment in Amwell Township in Washington County, ...

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