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  • Louisiana pipeline blast kills one, injures five

    13 February 2017

    A fire at the Phillips 66 pipeline near the Williams Discovery natural gas plant in Paradis has been put out, officials said on February 13, days after an explosion injured five workers and left another missing. The missing worker is presumed dead, Phillips 66 said. ...

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  • US Republicans move quickly to dismantle Obama energy and environment rules

    07 February 2017

    On February 3, the Republican-dominated US Senate voted to remove emissions limits on drilling operations, and repealed a securities disclosure rule aimed at curbing corruption at energy and mining companies. These had already been voted on by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and could be signed into law as soon as next week by President Trump....

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  • PG&E managers to complete community service in unusual punishment for 2010 San Bruno explosion

    27 January 2017

    A federal judge in San Francisco has imposed an unusual sentence on California’s largest utility for its involvement in the September 2010 San Bruno incident, where a major gas pipeline explosion killed eight and injured a further 58. Utility staff, including top executives, will carry out 10,000 hours of community service and the utility will serve five years’ probation....

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  • UK High Court rules Shell cannot be sued in London for Nigeria oil spills

    26 January 2017

    Royal Dutch Shell cannot be sued in London over oil spills in Nigeria, the High Court ruled on January 26. Villagers from the Bille and Ogale communities in the oil-producing Niger Delta in southern Nigeria had said they were affected by pollution and had sought to take action against Shell in London rather than its subsidiary in Nigeria....

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  • ConocoPhillips (UK) appeal against £3m fine dismissed

    25 January 2017

    ConocoPhillips (UK) has failed in its bid to reduce the level of a fine handed down after an offshore multiple gas release incident in the North Sea. The fine was imposed after three gas release incidents on the LOGGS platform during maintenance work from late-November to early-December 2012 due to a defective pressure control valve on the fuel gas supply to a turbine....

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President Trump signs orders to expedite Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines 25 January 2017

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on January 24 to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline projects. Keystone XL was scrapped in 2015 by former President Barack Obama and the US Army Corps of Engineers had withdrawn permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to follow its originally planned route in the face of fierce opposition from Native American tribes....

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Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 litres on native land 23 January 2017

A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 litres (52,834 gallons) of oil in a first nation community, the provincial government said on Monday. The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 litres have since been recovered according to the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan....

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Pemex refinery gas release kills one, injures two 18 January 2017

Mexico's state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said a worker has been killed in a chemical accident at its Ciudad Madero refinery in the Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas. The company said in a statement that the employee came in contact with a release of toxic hydrogen sulphide while doing maintenance work....

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UK faces costs of £24 billion for North Sea decommissioning 16 January 2017

Britain faces a £24 billion ($29.2 billion) bill for decommissioning ageing oil and gas infrastructure in the North Sea, according to energy research group Wood Mackenzie quoted in The Financial Times. This is 50% more than the Treasury’s original forecast of £16 billion. This is because oil companies are set to spend £53 billion ($66 billion) from 2017, but will claim back almost half of this through tax relief....

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Oil & Gas UK Environment Report shows downward trend in emissions in 2015 16 January 2017

Discharges to sea and emissions to the air by the UK’s oil and gas industry have been on an overall downward trend over the last 15 years, according to a report published by the sector’s trade body. The trend echoes the decline of UK oil and gas production together with effective process management and industry’s use of best available techniques, says Oil & Gas UK’s Environment Report 2016....

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