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Mariner East II pipeline makes waves in PA

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It looks as though North Dakota isn’t the only state affected by pipeline struggles. Similar to arguments against the Dakota Access in Iowa, the eminent domain issue continues to frustrate landowners. A Dec. 29 article by Matt Miller in Pennlive.com reported that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Cumberland County property owners fighting against Sunoco Logistics, ...

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North Dakota gets $240K for pipeline safety programs

Iowa is set to make a decision on the Dakota Access Bakkken pipeline. South Dakota was the first of the four states to approve construction of the Energy Transfer Partners-owned Bakken oil pipeline.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the state $240,000 for pipeline safety programs. The federal funds were granted to reimburse the state for public safety programs, including inspection and enforcement of pipeline safety regulations, incident investigations and corrective actions to improve the safety and integrity of pipelines. North Dakota’s U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John ...

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Oil pipeline opponents say local bans will derail project

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental groups are citing a provision in a 107-year-old transportation law in trying to derail an oil pipeline project from upstate New York to New Jersey. The New York Transportation Corporations Law of 1909 gives villages and cities veto power over oil pipelines crossing their borders, Daniel Raichel, a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, ...

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Despite drilling slowdown, pipeline safety remains a priority

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Pipeline safety attorney, Dan Garcia, has announced today that he has started a new consulting company, Pipeline Compliance Group, LLC (www.pipelinecgllc.com) to provide pipeline safety consulting to local governments and pipeline safety and regulatory consulting for pipeline operators. For Garcia, a primary focus will be pipeline public awareness programs as required by federal regulation, or, as it ...

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Ecology working on rules for movement of oil

The state Department of Ecology is developing new rules for transporting oil by train and pipeline. The changes could require companies moving oil through the state to improve accident response plans and provide advanced notice about the movement of oil. The changes could go into effect as early as 2016. The rules will be a first step in implementing the ...

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Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. ...

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Thousands of gallons of oil sopped up from California coast

GOLETA, Calif. — More than 6,000 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. Up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked from the ruptured pipeline Tuesday, and up to 21,000 gallons reached ...

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Exxon Mobil firms to pay nearly $5M for Arkansas oil spill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties for a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community. As part of a consent decree set to be filed in a Little Rock federal court Wednesday, the companies would pay about $3.2 million in federal civil ...

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PG&E fined record $1.6 bln for deadly California pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas & Electric Corp must pay a record $1.6 billion in penalties stemming from a natural gas pipeline explosion in 2010 that killed eight people near San Francisco, California’s chief utility regulator ordered on Thursday. The penalty levied for the deadly rupture in San Bruno, California, marks the largest ever imposed by the five-member state Public ...

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California regulator: State’s utility “too big” for safety?

SAN FRANCISCO — Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California’s largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state’s top utility regulator says. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said he would ask the commission’s staff to study “the culture of safety” ...

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