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BP Canada reports offshore drilling mud spill 22 June 2018

On June 22, BP Canada reported a leak of about 136,000 litres of synthetic-based drilling mud from the West Aquarius semi-submersible, about 330 kilometres from Halifax off Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Coast. The leak happened about 30 metres below sea level. According to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, the drilling mud is of “low toxicity” and would have sunk to the ocean floor....

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Pennsylvania clears major hydrocarbon products pipeline to resume operations 15 June 2018

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted on June 14 to allow Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Sunoco Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline to return to service, reversing a suspension linked to safety concerns. The PUC stopped flows on Mariner East 1 through West Whiteland Township after sinkholes were discovered near the pipeline....

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China gas pipeline explosion seriously injures 24 11 June 2018

Twenty-four people were seriously injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province on June 10, local authorities said. Gas leaked from a section of a gas pipeline operated by PetroChina in Shazi town of Qinglong county and then ignited, causing a significant explosion and fire....

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West Virginia gas pipeline suffers massive explosion and fire 11 June 2018

A newly installed TransCanada natural gas pipeline exploded on June 7 in the remote Nixon Ridge area of Marshall County in West Virginia. No injuries were reported but flames and smoke from the blast could be seen as far as 20 miles away, residents told local media. Area police told CBS News the fire was very large....

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Canadian government to buy controversial oil pipeline for C$4.5bn 31 May 2018

Canada’s federal government has announced it will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for C$4.5bn (US$3.4bn) to ensure plans to expand the pipeline go ahead. Kinder Morgan had threatened to pull out of the project, which will triple capacity on the pipeline between Edmonton in Alberta and Burnaby in British Columbia, because of environmental and political opposition....

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Oil pipeline attacks threaten survival of Nigerian economy 29 May 2018

The Nigerian economy may be on the verge of collapse over the spate of force majeure incidents, usually caused by attacks on oil company pipelines, according to the Lagos-based Daily Sun. With oil accounting for more than half of government revenue and 90% of export income, government programmes will be seriously compromised if revenues continue to shrink in the face of attacks on oil infrastructure....

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Large oil spill affects Montana Native American reservation 17 May 2018

Trucks have removed more than 1,400 tons of contaminated soil following a large oil spill on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, The Billings Gazette reported. An estimated 600 barrels of oil and 90,000 barrels of brine (production water) leaked from an Anadarko Minerals wellhead that was shut in and last inspected in December....

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North Sea will need 40,000 new skilled recruits in next 20 years - report 14 May 2018

A report into UK oil and gas workforce dynamics by global energy skills body OPITO and Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute indicates that more than 40,000 new people will need to be recruited into the industry over the next 20 years, including 10,000 in posts that do not exist today....

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Quarter of oil and gas senior managers express safety fears 01 May 2018

A quarter of senior managers in the oil and gas sector believe safety management is not effective, according to a study. The report - from the risk management specialists DNV GL - questioned more than 800 senior managers and technical specialists around the world and found that while 38% felt safety management was effective, 26% of the respondents disagreed....

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US refinery explosion and fire injures 15, causes mass evacuation 27 April 2018

An explosion at a refinery in Superior, northwestern Wisconsin, injured at least 15 on April 26 and caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of local residents. The resulting fire was extinguished after two hours but covered the surrounding area in noxious smoke, and local authorities only gave the all-clear for residents to return to their homes the following morning....

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