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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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  • Utility held responsible for fatal California wildfires

    11 June 2018

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a media release on June 8 that an additional 12 of the wildfires that overwhelmed Northern California's wine country last October were due to tree branches touching Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power lines. Two weeks previously, Cal Fire said PG&E had been responsible for three of the other wildfires that swept across the region. ...

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  • Europe's largest bank announces ban on unsustainable energy investments

    23 April 2018

    London-based HSBC, whose global assets total more than $2 trillion, announced on April 20 that it will no longer finance new coal-fired power plants (with a few targeted exceptions), Arctic drilling or new oilsands projects, including pipelines....

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Southwest Airlines B737 engine explosion linked to fan blade fatigue 19 April 2018

An engine explosion on a Boeing 737 flying from New York to Dallas on April 17 killed a passenger when shrapnel from the blast penetrated the fuselage. Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, with 149 people on board, was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia....

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Canadian Government ready to offer aid to ensure Trans Mountain pipeline capacity is expanded 16 April 2018

On April 15, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has the authority to ensure the new Trans Mountain oil pipeline is built and will take the financial and legislative actions needed to make it happen. This follows pipeline operator Kinder Morgan saying it would pull out of the project unless it received concrete assurances before May 31 that the expanded line would get built....

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Indian utility updates safety rules following fatal explosion 12 April 2018

On November 1, 2017, the explosion of a boiler and subsequent fire at the Unchahar power plant in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh killed 45 workers and injured many more. Following this incident, plant operator NTPC has introduced strict new regulations and training programmes to ensure a similar incident does not happen again....

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Russian shipyard blast kills one, injures nine 11 April 2018

One worker lost his life and nine others were injured in an explosion at the Russian Almaz shipbuilding yard on April 11, Sputnik reported, citing a statement from local authorities. According to the report, the explosion occurred inside a research ship which was undergoing repairs at the St. Petersburg-based yard....

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Family of Texas girl killed in explosion sue gas company 03 April 2018

The family of the girl who was killed in an explosion at her home in northwest Dallas in February has filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit against Atmos Energy, the utility supplying natural gas to the neighbourhood. The suit claims that gas leaks from the company’s pipeline network caused the explosion, and that Atmos knew the system was dangerous....

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