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Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.

CBC News, Jan 25 2014

Thousands without heat south of Winnipeg as arctic blast moves in

A natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg, has left thousands without heat as temperatures drop to -20 C, or -34 C with the wind chill.

Explosion and fire rock natural gas pipeline in southern Manitoba

The Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Jan. 25 2014

ST. PIERRE-JOLYS, Man. — Five homes remain evacuated as TransCanada Piplelines deals with a natural gas pipeline fire about 25 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

Casselton, N.D. residents flee town after oil train explosion

David Shaffer & Susan Hogan, Star Tribune, Dec 31, 2013

A majority of the 2,300 residents of Casselton, N.D., heeded a warning to leave town Monday after an explosion that produced huge clouds of flames and smoke, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the oil-shipping free-for-all that brought disaster to Lac-Mégantic

Grant Robertson & Jacquie McNish, Globe and Mail, Dec 2 2013

An investigation into the disaster and its causes.

The deadly secret behind the Lac-Mégantic inferno

Jacquie McNish & Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, Dec 3 2013

The deadly secret behind the Lac-Mégantic inferno


An investigation into the disaster and its causes.

‘Fireball’ streaks across Yellowhead after train derailment, explosion west of Edmonton

Edmonton Journal, The Canadian Press, October 19, 2013

GAINFORD, Alta. - Emergency crews are monitoring a massive fire burning after a tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton overnight.

What will it take to catch PG&E's attention?

The Bakersfield Californian, Aug 24 2013

Sept. 9, 2010: A 30-inch PG&E gas pipeline burst in San Bruno, killing eight people, injuring dozens more and destroying 38 homes. In court documents, PG&E first tried to blame the rupture on a city sewer project that allegedly damaged a "state of the art" pipeline. Residents themselves were accused of somehow being negligent.

Exxon Knew Its Ruptured Pipeline Was Old, Defective and Brittle, and Still Added New Stresses

Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News, Aug 12, 2013

Industry experts say vulnerable pipelines like the one that failed in Arkansas can operate safely—but only if they're carefully monitored and maintained.

Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment

CBC News, July 6 2013

Train derailment in Lac-Mégantic forces 1,000 from homes as several reported missing

Lac-Megantic, Quebec: Train carrying crude oil derails, explodes

Canadian Press, Montreal Gazette, July 6 2013

MONTREAL - By mid-morning Saturday, 10 hours after a train derailment set off a series of explosions, firefighters still could not get near the centre of the fire raging in the downtown area of historic Lac Mégantic, authorities told media.

Second spill in as many weeks shuts Kinder Morgan pipeline

Dene Moore, The Canadian Press; With File From Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun, June 28, 2013

Forces closure of only route linking Alberta oilfields and coast

As one Kinder Morgan crew worked on stemming an oil leak from its Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia on Thursday, another worked on winning over the province's reluctant public for a major expansion of the line.

Extracting info: Why’s it so hard to get the goods on oil spills?

Leslie Young, Global News, May 22 2013

CALGARY – It can be tough to get a good sense of how safe Alberta’s oil industry is when you can’t access the information you need.

Plains Midstream charged in 2011 Rainbow Pipeline spill

Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, April 26, 2013

Government acts after receiving Greenpeace report

EDMONTON - One day after receiving an advance copy of a scathing Greenpeace report, the Alberta government charged Plains Midstream Canada in connection with the Rainbow Pipeline oil spill.

US Pipelines Incidents Are a Daily Occurrence

Matt Kelso, Fracktracker.org, Apr 15 2013

Recently, there has been a lot of attention focused on the Mayflower, Arkansas pipeline failure that resulted in a massive oil spill, particularly as it comes at a time when discussions of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project are once again heating up.  However, the situation is far from unusual.  In fact, according to data downloaded from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), there were 1,887 incidents in the nation’s gathering and transmission, distribution, and hazardous liquids pipelines between January 1, 2010 and March 29, 2013, or an average of 1.6 incidents per day.

Oil spill clean-up ship hit sandbar en route to government news conference in Vancouver

Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun, March 21, 2013

VANCOUVER - British Columbia’s largest oil spill response vessel got stuck on a sandbar en route to a federal news conference about strengthening Canada’s oil spill defences.

Weather continues to prevent assessment of damage to Shell drill rig

Richard Mauer & Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, January 1, 2012

Update, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday:

More flyovers are planned for Wednesday to assess the condition of the Shell drilling rig Kulluk, which sits grounded on Sitkalidak Island, off Kodiak.

Shell drill rig aground off Kodiak, appears to be intact

Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, January 1, 2013 (18:34 PST)

No alarm in Columbia control room as fire raged

Ry Rivard, Charleston Daily Mail, December 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No alarms went off in Columbia Gas Transmission's Charleston control room Tuesday afternoon, even as a massive explosion rocked one of the company's natural gas pipelines 15 miles away, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

Gas explosion causes massive fire in Sissonville WV

Travis Crum & Lori Kersey, WV Gazette, 11 Dec 2012

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- A gas line exploded in Sissonville on Tuesday afternoon, leading to a massive blaze that destroyed houses, sent flames shooting nearly 100 feet into the air on both sides of Interstate 77 and melted asphalt and guardrails on the highway.No one was killed in the explosion and fire. Several people were treated for smoke inhalation, either at the scene or at local hospitals. But everyone was accounted for, and no one was seriously injured in the blast, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said at an afternoon briefing.

San Bruno lawsuits: PG&E knew bad records posed a danger to public, engineer says

By Joshua Melvin, Marin Independent Journal, July 31 2012

REDWOOD CITY -- Pacific Gas & Electric knew its gas line records were inaccurate and knew those errors could mean death or injury to the people who lived near its pipes yet chose not to fix the problem, according to testimony from a senior company engineer.

DOT Prohibits Enbridge Energy from Reopening Pipeline 14 in Adams County, Wisconsin After July 27 Spill

Press Release, US Dept of Transportation, July 31 2012

Corrective Action Order Requires Enbridge to Submit Restart Plan for PHMSA Approval

Enbridge Line 14 pipeline expected to restart Wed: official

Reuters, Chicago Tribune, July 31, 2012

Enbridge Inc could get approval from U.S. regulators to restart the Line 14 crude oil pipeline by Wednesday evening after a spill in Wisconsin forced its closure, a local official said.

PHMSA Announces Enforcement Action Against Enbridge for 2010 Michigan Oil Spill

News Release, PHMSA, July 2 2012

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today proposed a record $3.7 million civil penalty and 24 actions against Enbridge Energy for the July 25, 2010, crude oil spill near Marshall, Mich. 

PG&E pledges crackdown on repeated pressure surges

Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2012

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has accidentally over-pressurized pipelines on its gas system more than 120 times since the San Bruno explosion - a rate that the company's top gas official says is unacceptable and that experts fear could increase the risk of a similar disaster.

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