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  • Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill

    The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration required Plains All American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and empty the remainder of the line. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

    The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday. The fine covers violations that Duke Energy admitted when it pleaded guilty to federal pollution crimes nine months ago and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution, the state ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tracking largest industrial spill

    At about 1 a.m. last Dec. 22, James Schean awoke with a start. He heard what sounded like a furious thunderclap and a staccato of snapping trees. Then his house shuddered and heaved. Swept up by some mighty force, it tore clear of its foundation and rumbled off like a derailed freight car. "I could hear everything breaking," he says, "the rafters cracking, Sheetrock falling off, the furniture ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Coal Ash Spill

    (CNN) -- The coal ash poured out of a broken pipe into the Dan River, turning water into dark muck. It took nearly a week to stem the spill, which sent millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant into a river that supplies drinking water to communities in North Carolina and neighboring Virginia. Workers stopped the ...


    By RCBC Global Inc

  • Frack water spill in blowout

    Chesapeake Energy said it replaced a damaged wellhead and gained control of a Pennsylvania natural gas well which last week suffered a blowout. Thousands of gallons of contaminated frack water spilled from a natural gas well near Canton, a home was destroyed and two residents were injured. The contaminated water got into a nearby stream before crews could stop the leak. Seven families were ...


  • Spill Center Opens Kenya Branch for Spill Response in East Africa

    Spill Center, a North American leader in support services for companies involved in accidental spills of hazardous materials, fuel and other regulated substances, has opened a branch in Nairobi, Kenya, to serve clients in East Africa. Founded in Massachusetts over 20 years ago, Spill Center provides clients ...


    By Spill Center, Inc.

  • What caused the Gulf oil spill?

    The following article was written by Thomas R. Krause, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of BST, a leading safety performance consulting firm based in Ojai, California. A failure of leadership led to the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, killing 11 workers and releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, senior executive leaders ...

  • Hose Bridge for Spill Containment Berms

    POL Systems, Magnolia, Arkansas announces the release of its Hose Bridge for use in the Oil & Gas Industries.   The Hose Bridge is a patent pending design for use with Spill Containment Berms with 12” side walls.    Spill Berms are used for secondary containment of hazardous materials.  The Spill Berms are commonly used with frac ...


    By POL Systems, LLC

  • Hazmat regulation agency under fire

    The federal agency that regulates transportation of hazardous materials is too "cozy" with shippers and often fails to provide adequate oversight to protect the public, a congressional investigation finds. HAZARDOUS SPILLS: Unreported incidents The concerns are outlined in a staff memo ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Canadian regulator approves pipeline to Pacific

    The National Energy Board in Canada has recommended the government approve a proposed pipeline to the Pacific Coast. This will make it possible for oil produced in Canada to be shipped to the Asia-Pacific region, the Associated Press reports. According to the findings of the three-person review panel, the opening of this potential for export will play a vital role in the development of Canada's ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Highland Oil/Water Separators for Spill and Secondary Containment

    Highland Tank’s oil/water separators help petroleum storage facilities comply with the EPA’s regulations for spill and secondary containment to satisfy the facility’s SPCC Plan. Highland separators, with new Corella® coalescers, greatly reduce the level of oil and oily coated solids discharged by petroleum storage facilities. The Corella™ inclined parallel plate coalescers combines the ...

  • GBP 13,500 fine for Scottish sewage spill

    A sheriff at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (22 February 2008) imposed a £13,500 fine on Veolia Water Outsourcing Ltd (previously known as Thames Water Services limited) the operators of Seafield Sewage Treatment Works. This followed Veolia’s guilty plea to causing or permitting Scottish Water to discharge screened sewage effluent to the Firth of Forth from Albert Road Pumping Station. SEPA ...

  • Oil Spills costly for three New England companies

    Three New England companies will pay penalties to resolve allegations that they violated federal oil storage regulations. The companies have operations in all six New England states, and two own and operate multiple oil storage facilities. Rice Oil Co. of Greenfield, Massachusetts; Irving Oil Co., a Canadian company with U.S. operations based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Mantrose-Haeuser ...

  • Highland Oil/Water Separators for Spill and Secondary Containment

    Highland Tank’s oil/water separators help petroleum storage facilities comply with the EPA’s regulations for spill and secondary containment to satisfy the facility’s SPCC Plan. Highland separators, with new Corella® coalescers, greatly reduce the level of oil and oily coated solids discharged by petroleum storage facilities. The Corella™ inclined parallel plate coalescers combines the ...

  • US investigates North Carolina coal ash spill

    Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued grand jury subpoenas seeking records from Duke and the North ...


    By Associated Press

  • Violations issued against Duke for coal ash spill

    North Carolina regulators issued notice to Duke Energy on Friday that the company will be cited for violating environmental standards in connection with a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Two formal notices issued by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources cite Duke for ...


    By Associated Press

  • Texas Company to Pay $1.6M for Oil Spill Violations

    Superior Crude Gathering Inc. (Superior Crude) has agreed to pay a civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2010 crude oil spill from tanks at Superior’s oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. Under the consent decree lodged today in federal court, Superior will pay ...

  • Investigation: EPA, state underestimated spill potential

    Federal and state regulators underestimated the potential for a toxic blowout from a Colorado mine, despite warnings more than a year earlier that a large-volume spill of wastewater was possible, an internal government investigation released Wednesday found. The regulators wrongly concluded there was little or no pressure from the millions of gallons of water trapped inside the inactive Gold King ...


    By Associated Press

  • California oil spill might be larger than projected

    More than two months after oil from a ruptured pipeline fouled California beaches, documents released Wednesday disclosed that the spill might have been far larger than earlier projected. Plains All American Pipeline had estimated that the May 19 break along a corroded section of pipe near Santa Barbara released up to 101,000 gallons of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Colorado on alert for more spills in flooded oilfields

    Coloradans watched for more spills in flooded oilfields as crews waited for the waters to recede so they could begin cleanup operations. Four new spills were discovered Friday, including 2,400 gallons of oil from a toppled storage tank and almost 900 gallons from an unspecified source. Oil spilled from two other damaged tanks but authorities did ...


    By Associated Press

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