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Key Federal Agency Proposes Potential Pipeline Safety Regulations

By | 10.20.10 | 11:50 am

The federal agency charged with ensuring the safety of the nation’s pipeline system released for public comment earlier this week a proposal to overhaul pipeline safety.

The proposal, an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, lays out a number of potential issues the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or More…

PG&E Releases Pipeline Safety Plan

By | 10.13.10 | 9:09 am

PG&E, the owner of a California natural gas pipeline that exploded in September, killing eight people, released a plan yesterday to upgrade its pipeline system. Under the plan, the utility will consult with regulatory and industry experts on installing remote shut-off valves that would immediately seal a pipeline in More…

Amid Pipeline Incidents, Lax Enforcement at the State Level

By | 10.07.10 | 9:29 am

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story today on the role of states in ensuring pipeline safety. Much of the responsibility for enforcing pipeline safety rules is in the hands of the states and, at least in the case of the California Public Utilities Commission — which oversaw More…

FEMA Denies California Disaster Funding for San Bruno Gas Explosion

By | 09.28.10 | 6:04 pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied late last week a request by the state of California for disaster aid after the massive natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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Senate Questions Pipeline Safety After Deadly San Bruno Blast

By | 09.28.10 | 6:01 pm

Once PG&E discovered that a natural gas pipeline had exploded in San Bruno, Calif., earlier this month, employees from the utility company had to drive in rush-hour traffic to manually turn off two separate safety valves in order to stop the flow of gas that was fueling the blaze. It More…

PG&E Releases Pipeline Locations and Monitoring Priorities

By | 09.21.10 | 8:44 am

PG&E, the owner of the natural gas pipeline in San Bruno, Calif., that burst earlier this month killing four people and destroying dozens of homes, released yesterday for the first time maps of the locations of its pipelines.

As I reported last week, PG&E previously did not reveal the More…

Most Americans Are Concerned About Pipeline Safety

By | 09.16.10 | 9:55 am

A new Rasmussen poll finds that 56 percent of Americans are concerned about natural gas pipeline safety after a massive pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif., killed at least four people and damaged dozens of homes.

PG&E Sets Up Fund to Compensate Victims of San Bruno Explosion

By | 09.14.10 | 10:20 am

PG&E — the owner of the natural gas pipeline that exploded in San Bruno, Calif., killing at least four people and damaging dozens of homes — has set up a $100 million fund to compensate the victims of the disaster.

In San Bruno, Aging Pipelines Precluded Safety Test

By | 09.14.10 | 9:46 am

The Los Angeles Times has a great story this morning on the natural gas pipeline that exploded in San Bruno last week, killing at least four people and destroying dozens of homes. It turns out the pipeline, which was installed in 1956, was too old to accommodate an inspection More…

PG&E Does Not Reveal Location of Pipelines, Violating Regulations

By | 09.13.10 | 10:34 am

PG&E — the owner of the natural gas pipeline that exploded in San Bruno, Calif., last week, killing at least four people and destroying dozens of homes — does not reveal the specific location of its 5,000 miles of pipeline, a violation of federal regulations, a leading pipeline expert More…