Nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel mix spill from broken pipeline in Iowa. 30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Spills, Mapped. The sheer number of incidents involving America’s fossil fuel infrastructure suggests environmental concerns should go beyond Standing Rock.
The increasingly brutal police response to protests over the construction of The Dakota Access Pipeline has pushed the debate over the safety of oil infrastructure into the national spotlight. From the beginning of their anti-pipeline organizing, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has voiced their concerns about the environmental impact of the project, pointing to the fact that an earlier proposal for the pipeline route was rejected due to concerns over potential contamination of Bismarck, North Dakota’s water supply. Oil industry supporters argue that pipelines are safer alternative to hauling fuel by tanker trucks or freight trains. In the map above, you can see the locations of all significant oil and gas pipeline incidents since 1986 in which the federal government provided location data. America’s Dangerous Pipelines. A new analysis of oil and gas pipeline safety in the United States reveals a troubling history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths.
This time-lapse video shows pipeline incidents from 1986 to 2013, relying on publicly available data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Only incidents classified as “significant” by the agency are shown in the video. “Significant” incidents include those in which someone was hospitalized or killed, damages amounted to more than $50,000, more than 5 barrels of highly volatile substances or 50 barrels of other liquid were released, or where the liquid exploded or burned. Popular viral website Upworthy calls this video "One Time-lapse Big Oil Doesn't Want You to See. " According to the data, since 1986 there have been nearly 8,000 incidents (nearly 300 per year on average), resulting in more than 500 deaths (red dots on the video), more than 2,300 injuries (yellow dots on the video), and nearly $7 billion in damage. Comments. Deborah Costanza Too many areas across this planet have been destroyed for greed and power and the only way it stops is if the whole world wakes up and stands up and bands together, across borders, cultures and beliefs this is the only way.
300 Million Children Breathe Highly Toxic Air, reports UNICEF / Boing Boing. “Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines” UNICEF said today, in releasing a new report on how air pollution around the world affects our most vulnerable.
Snip from the UNICEF announcement: Clear the Air for Children uses satellite imagery to show for the first time how many children are exposed to outdoor pollution that exceeds global guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), and where they live across the globe. The findings come a week ahead of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, where UNICEF is calling on world leaders to take urgent action to cut air pollution in their countries. North Dakota oil well spewing after weekend blowout. M.truthdig. A monument to the oil pipeline in Cushing, Okla.
(Roy Luck / CC 2.0) Underscoring once again the dangers of America’s unreliable fossil fuel infrastructure, a significant U.S. oil pipeline has been shut down after a leak was reported Monday morning. Enterprise Products Partners said Monday it had shut its Seaway Crude Pipeline, a 400,000-barrel per day conduit that transports crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to Gulf coast refineries. The leak occurred Sunday night in an industrial area of Cushing. The company did not provide an estimate of the volume spilled, but said there was no danger to the public.
CLF Files First-in-Nation Lawsuit Over ExxonMobil Climate Cover-Up. Media Contact:Josh Blockjblock@clf.org (617) 850-1709 Argues decades of deceit put Massachusetts communities in harm’s way September 29, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) filed a lawsuit today against ExxonMobil for its endangerment of communities along the Mystic River – the first lawsuit of its kind in the nation since revelations last year about the corporation’s decades-long campaign to discredit climate science.
Today’s filing comes several months after CLF submitted a formal letter of intent to sue ExxonMobil, a development that was announced at a press conference in May. The suit focuses on Exxon’s violations of both the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), laws designed to protect the health and safety of waterfront communities in the face of climate change. CLF experts are available for further comment. Benicia nixes Valero plan to run crude oil trains through Sacramento, Davis, Roseville. The Benicia City Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected a controversial plan by the Valero Refining Co. to ship crude oil aboard trains through Sacramento and other Northern California cities to its bayside refinery.
The 5-0 vote, taken after four years of bitter debate, represents a victory for environmentalists and offers relief to Sacramento-area leaders who said the oil trains would put local residents and habitat at risk of a catastrophic oil spill and fire. The Valero proposal, if approved, would have sent up to two 50-car crude oil trains rolling daily through Roseville, downtown Sacramento, Davis and other rail cities, as well as through the Feather River Canyon.
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Authorities will temporarily halt construction of pipeline near lake sacred to Standing Rock Sioux. Federal authorities said Friday they will temporarily halt construction of a controversial oil pipeline near a lake regarded as sacred by the Standing Rock Sioux, heading off an immediate confrontation in a tense standoff in North Dakota that has drawn hundreds of tribes from across the country.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved to suspend further construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near Lake Oahe along the Missouri River, even though a federal judge on Friday rebuffed the tribe’s request to order the halt. “Construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two other federal departments said in a statement shortly after U.S. District Judge James E. Of particular significance is an area that once was the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, a site the Sioux have long considered sacred — though the original location is now submerged behind a dam at Lake Oahe. SoCalGas under fire for handling of latest leak as residents protest. Lack of public disclosure by the Southern California Gas Co. about a weekend leak at its Aliso Canyon storage facility sparked criticism Thursday from local officials.
A leaking pipeline was discovered during a “routine inspection” Saturday and repaired by Sunday, company spokeswoman Melissa Bailey said. •RELATED STORY: New gas leak above Porter Ranch quickly fixed amid calls to shut wells down. Up to 210,000 Gallons of Oil Spills From California Pipeline. Up to 210,000 Gallons of Oil Spills From California Pipeline. Texas Officials Have Photos of Flood-Related Oil Spills, but No Record of Any Response. AUSTIN — At the direction of state emergency managers, the Texas Civil Air Patrol took scores of photos of massive spills from oil wells and fracking sites during last year's flooding of the Lower Trinity River. Yet the state agency in charge of responding appears to have no record of them in its spill database. The deficiency raises questions about whether state officials have any knowledge of the quantities and types of toxic substances that have flowed in recent years into the Trinity, as well as the Pecos, Red, Sabine and Colorado rivers, where energy-production sites have sprouted rapidly.
To scientists and environmentalists, the apparent lack of record keeping is unacceptable. Scientists Just Pinpointed Another Example Of Fracking's Environmental Impact. A dumping site for fracking fluids long suspected to be leaching into Wolf Creek, a West Virginia waterway with ties to a county’s water supply, has indeed contaminated the creek with multiple chemicals, a new U.S. Geological Survey study has found. The “study demonstrates definitively that the stream is being impacted by [unconventional oil and gas extraction] wastewaters,” Denise Akob, USGS scientist and lead author of the study, told ThinkProgress.
Unconventional oil and gas extraction refers to the many processes that involve hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. For this study, scientists in 2014 collected water and sediment samples upstream and downstream from Danny E. "No Safe Pipelines": TransCanada Admits Keystone Spill Bigger than First Claimed. The oil spill that shut down a portion of the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota last weekend is much bigger than initially estimated, TransCanada admitted on Thursday—almost 100 times bigger, in fact. The fossil fuel company said the "potential volume" of the spill in Freeman, discovered by a passerby on Saturday, was about 18,600 gallons, or 400 barrels. That estimate comes just days after TransCanada initially claimed the spill totaled about 187 gallons, or approximately 4.5 barrels. "The fact that the damage is even bigger than first reported proves: there is no such thing as a safe pipeline," Lindsay Meiman, communications coordinator for the climate group 350.org, told Common Dreams.
TransCanada says 400 barrels of oil released near Keystone. CALGARY, Alberta, April 8 (UPI) -- Pipeline company TransCanada said about 400 barrels of oil leaked near the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota, far more than the company originally estimated. The company started the process of closing down its Keystone oil pipeline after discovering oil released Saturday near a pump station in South Dakota. Ex-coal CEO gets 1 year in prison for deadly mine blast. By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge sentenced former coal executive Don Blankenship to a year in prison Wednesday for his role in the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades, saying he was part of a "dangerous conspiracy.
" One day after the sixth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, which killed 29 men, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger gave the ex-Massey Energy CEO the maximum prison time and fined him the maximum of $250,000. Massive Methane Leaks From Texas Fracking Sites Even More Significant Than Infamous Porter Ranch Gas Leak. Feds: pipe corrosion led to Santa Barbara oil spill in May. By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal regulators say corrosion on the outside of an oil pipeline was the cause of a major crude spill on the Santa Barbara coast last year. Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks. By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.
After 15 years, cleanup plan approved for contaminated town. By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press. EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river. DN! Guests. This is how toxic Flint’s water really is. Michigan Gov. Flint doctor will head team to fight health problems from Flint water crisis. FLINT, MI – The Flint doctor who first raised red flags on elevated lead levels in children will lead the fight to combat lead exposure for children and residents who were exposed to harm after the disastrous city water switch. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will head a collaboration between Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University's college of human medicine and other community organizations.
Leaking Methane Plume Spreading Across L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. Independent researchers reported detecting elevated methane levels as far as 8 miles from the massive, ongoing leak of natural gas from a storage site in northwestern Los Angeles. A ruptured well at Southern California Gas Co.' Probe: Exxon deficiencies found in California refinery blast. The Company Behind LA's Methane Disaster Knew Its Well Was Leaking 24 Years Ago. Last fall, a 7-inch injection well pipe ruptured 500 feet below the surface of Los Angeles, after ferrying natural gas for six decades. The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare. DN! Why Engineers Can’t Stop Los Angeles' Enormous Methane Leak. Virginia Tech researcher accuses state health officials of "hiding" data on Flint's water.
Michigan Ignored 'Conclusive Evidence' Of Flint Lead Poisoning, Researcher Says. California Has a Huge Gas Leak, and Crews Can't Stop It Yet. Derailed Wisconsin train leaks ethanol into Mississippi. Erin Brockovich accuses feds of lying about mine waste spill. Shuttered Gold Mine In Colorado Spilling Yellow Sludge Into River, Has Now Reached New Mexico. Oil train car derails, catches fire in Tennessee. California pipeline spill came despite Texas firm's assurances. Duke Energy: Guilty of violating the Clean Water Act. 21,000 gallons of crude oil leaked near Santa Barbara County beaches. Crude-oil train wrecks raise questions about safety claims. North Dakota town evacuated after latest oil train car explosion. WATCH: Nebraska farmer silences oil and gas committee with invitation to drink water tainted by fracking. Illinois oil train derailment near Galena creates huge flames, 1-mile evacuation suggestion.
Worries about 'explosion' at Torrance refinery; was a leak, official says. West Virginia In State Of Emergency After Massive Oil Train Explosion. U.S. Attorney Goodwin is fighting for justice. Koch Congress Still Pushing Keystone After Four Pipeline Explosions In A Month. Pipeline Explodes In West Virginia, Sends Fireball Shooting Hundreds Of Feet ... The Spill at Dan River. Duke Energy Dan River Coal Ash Spill Updates: What We Know, What We Need To Know — Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.
Second crude pipeline spill in Montana wreaks havoc on Yellowstone River. Nearly 3 Million Gallons Of Drilling Waste Spill From North Dakota Pipeline.