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Pipeline Safety

Federal Oversight Of Pipelines Grossly Inadequate, Watchdog Says

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.09.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing...

Kate Sheppard

Keystone Analysts' Ties To TransCanada Still Drawing Fire | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An environmental group is again hammering the contractor that created last Friday's environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keyst...

Kate Sheppard

Pipeline Regulators Spent More Time With Industry Than On Oil Spills (REPORT) | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department office charged with overseeing the 2.6 million miles of pipelines in the United States is spending more ti...

West Virginia House Judiciary Committee Approves Pipeline Safety Fine Hike

AP | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's quest for steeper pipeline safety fines would have a limited impact in West Virginia. ...

The World's Hidden Laws, Free at Last

David Halperin | Posted 03.27.2013 | Technology
David Halperin

Government cannot tell people that they must obey laws that are only available in exchange for money. And government must not punish people for speaking the law to their fellow citizens.

Pipeline Leak-Detection Systems Miss 19 Out of 20 spills

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

What does that mean for tar sands pipelines like Keystone XL and Northern Gateway?

Climate Change and Extreme Weather Weren't the Only Reason to Oppose Keystone XL and Tar Sands Expansion This Summer

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.24.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

The fact that tar sands pipelines are not in our national interest becomes clearer by the day.

Government Investigation Provides Damning Picture of the Kalamazoo Tar Sands Spill

Anthony Swift | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) heard the major findings of its two-year investigation of the Enbridge tar sands pipeline spill, which released more than a million gallons of corrosive tar sands into the Kalamazoo River watershed in July 2010.

Government Deals Blow To Energy Companies In Wake Of San Bruno Disaster

AP | By GARANCE BURKE | Posted 07.08.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Energy companies will need to keep up-to-date records to prove they are running the nation's aging pipelines at safe pressures under ...

Marcus Baram

Despite Safety Concerns, Industry Wants Faster FDA Approval | Marcus Baram | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

Is it more important to speed up the approval of medical devices for patients in pain or to make sure that they're safe? That question is being deb...

Congress Has Its Own 'Oops' Moment

Politico | DARREN GOODE | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

It was a celebrated, bipartisan achievement: Congress sent the president a bill to address pipeline safety issues -- a sign that lawmakers could get b...

Two Bills Aim To Fix 'Poor And Uncoordinated Response' To Pipeline Disaster

AP | Posted 11.02.2011 | San Francisco

By SHEILA V. KUMAR, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Two bills written in response to a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion that tore ...

Pipeline Problems: The Mess Remains One Year After Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

Henry Henderson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

A year later, the cleanup continues, and it is clear that we were asking the right questions. The oil spill packed a bigger wallop than anyone expected at the time because of the unique properties of tar sands oil.

Feds Halt Private Funds To Study Pipeline Safety

AP | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently moved to prevent industry groups from funding federal safety studies of onshore pipeline...

Aging Gas Pipe At Risk Of Explosion Nationwide

AP | GARANCE BURKE and JASON DEAREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The tragic explosion of a gas pipeline in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communitie...