Oil/Gas Pipelines Integrity management

Officials respond to pipeline leak releasing unknown amount of gas in Alaska's North Slope

Officials in Alaska are responding to a pipeline leak on the Point Thomson gas field that resulted in a release of a still-unknown amount of liquid natural gas condensate.

US officials want ships to anchor farther from California undersea pipelines, citing 2021 oil spill

Federal officials on Tuesday recommended increasing the distance from undersea pipelines that vessels are allowed to anchor in Southern California, citing a 2021 oil spill they said was caused by ships whose anchors were dragged across a pipeline after a storm.

Michigan regulators approve $500 million Great Lakes tunnel for aging oil pipeline

Michigan officials approved a $500 million plan Friday to encase in a protective tunnel a portion of an aging oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel connecting two Great Lakes, leaving just one more regulatory hurdle for the contentious project.

Search underway for Main Pass pipeline leak after 1.1 million gallons of oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

As much as 1.1 million gallons of oil may have been discharged into the Gulf of Mexico from a pipeline system off Louisiana’s southeast coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday. The affected pipeline has been shut down but authorities are still trying to determine the exact location and cause of the leak.

Federal authorities investigate underwater oil pipeline leak off the coast of Louisiana

Federal authorities said Saturday that they’re investigating a leak from an underwater oil pipeline off the coast of Louisiana.

Cleanup is done on a big Kansas oil spill on the Keystone system, the company and EPA say

The operator of the Keystone pipeline system has finished cleaning up a massive December 2022 oil spill, and the creek affected by it is flowing naturally again, the company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

New leak detection rules for pipelines proposed

(UI) — The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed major changes to its leak detection based not on concerns about safety but, rather, in order to reduce methane emissions related to their contribution to climate change.

Wellington City Council adopts digital map for underground infrastructure management

(UI) — The Wellington Underground Asset Map, backed by a $4 million investment, aims to revolutionize the installation and maintenance of buried infrastructure, including telecommunications cables, gas pipes, and other vital services.

Consultants: Design issues, operations lapses led to big Keystone pipeline oil spill

Pipeline design issues, lapses by its operators and problems caused during its construction led to a massive oil spill on the Keystone pipeline system in northeastern Kansas, according to a report for U.S. government regulators.

Construction entities call for punishment for pipeline attacks, improved mapping in pipeline safety

(UI) — The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) have published a letter urging Congress to take action to address the enduring problem of physical attacks on critical energy infrastructure.

US military to begin draining Pearl Harbor pipelines

The U.S. military said it’s ready to begin draining 1 million gallons of fuel from three pipelines as part of an initial step toward closing a World War II-era fuel storage facility that leaked petroleum into Pearl Harbor’s tap water last year.

July 2021 pipeline break leaked 714,000 gallons of wastewater, not 36,000

A wastewater spill from a pipeline break last year in the northwestern North Dakota oil patch was 20 times greater than first reported, the state Department of Environmental Quality said.

New report shows oil spills from offshore transportation way down

Oil and natural gas spills from tankers and pipelines in U.S. waters dropped dramatically from the last decade of the 1990s to the one from 2010 through 2019, according to a federal report.

Common Ground Alliance white paper highlights natural gas distribution stakeholders’ role in damage prevention

Common Ground Alliance announced the publication of a White Paper based on research among natural gas distribution stakeholders that points to this group’s influential position in the damage prevention industry and actions stakeholders can take to drive damages down.

Judge approves $230 million settlement in California oil spill case

The corroded undersea pipeline ruptured north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles. All American Pipeline later estimated that 142,800 gallons spilled.

Oilfield wastewater spill reported in northwest North Dakota

State regulators are investigating the spill of oilfield wastewater from a broken pipeline in northwestern North Dakota.

Pipeline rupture spills over 300,000 gallons of diesel in Louisiana

A pipeline rupture in New Orleans spills over 300,000 gallons of diesel.

Wyoming Company to Pay $2M in Yellowstone Oil Pipeline Spill

A Wyoming pipeline company agreed to a $2 million settlement from a 2015 oil spill.

Army Corps Plans Thorough Review of Great Lakes Tunnel Plan

The Army Corps plans an extensive review of an Enbridge oil pipeline project planned to be placed under a Great Lakes channel.

Biden Pledges Aggressive Response to Pipeline Cyber Attacks

President Joe Biden pledges to respond aggressively to the cyber attacks on Colonial Pipeline.

Michigan Agency to Include Climate in Tunnel Permit Review

An agency in Michigan delivered a spilt decision over an underground oil pipeline that connects two of the Great Lakes.

Hearing to Decide Fate of Dakota Access Pipeline Permit

A hearing for the Dakota Access Pipeline permit on April 9 will decide whether or not operation will be put on hold.

Regulators Fined Gas Utility $900K for Pipeline Violations

Regulators in Indiana fined CenterPoint for pipeline violations.

Report: Gas Pipeline Builder Changed Plans Without Approval

A report found that Vermont Gas made several changes to an approved construction plan for a gas pipeline without informing the Public Utility Commission.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Changes Strategy on Permits

Mountain Valley Pipeline plans to abandon its blanket permit and instead apply for individual approvals.

Electro Scan Completes Trial Project for new Pipeline Inspection Technology

Electro Scan announced that it has completed a trial project of its new pipeline inspection technology with Sydney Water, Australia’s largest water utility.

Corrosion Blamed for 2018 Canadian Pipeline Blast

An explosion and fire in 2018 along an Enbridge Inc natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia was caused by corrosion, Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said on Wednesday.

First Look: Utilizing Inertial Navigation Technology for 3D Mapping, Locating, Management

Over the last two decades, significant advances have been made in the quality and application of inertial navigation technology targeted at mapping underground pipe and duct assets. This article provides information on pipeline technologies that are available to map a minimum internal diameter (ID) of 1.6-inch to larger sizes. The pipeline mapping system offers a range of solutions that can map any pipe, regardless of its material, depth or type of utility.