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Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines | The National Academies Press. Oil & Gas Transportation: Actions Are Needed to Improve Pipeline Safety. What GAO Found Increased oil and gas production presents challenges for transportation infrastructure because some of this increase is in areas with limited transportation linkages. For example, insufficient pipeline capacity to transport crude oil has resulted in the increased use of rail, truck, and barge to move oil to refineries, according to government and industry studies and publications GAO reviewed.

These transportation limitations and related effects could pose environmental risks and have economic implications. For instance, natural gas produced as a byproduct of oil is burned—a process called flaring—by operators due, in part, to insufficient pipelines in production areas. In a 2012 report, GAO found that flaring poses a risk to air quality as it emits carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to climate change, and other air pollutants.

Crude oil carloads moved by rail in 2012 increased by 24 times over that moved in 2008. Why GAO Did This Study What GAO Recommends. Jurisdiction - Pipelines: Public Service Commission, North Dakota. The Commission's statutory responsibilities concerning pipelines in North Dakota include: Establishment and enforcement of rates or charges and regulations by common pipeline carriers for receiving, gathering, transporting, loading, delivering, and incident storing of crude petroleum, coal or gas purchased or sold in North Dakota; and Enforcement of safety requirements for intrastate distribution and transmission of natural gas. 2016 ND/SD Pipeline Safety Operator Training (PSOT) Seminar Information April 12-13, 2016 - Holiday Inn Riverside, Minot, ND Agenda and Presenter Biographies Presentations:

49 CFR REGULATIONS. PHMSA: Pipeline Safety Inspection Process. Operator compliance with pipeline safety regulations that establish minimal federal safety standards is critical to preventing pipeline accidents. Ensuring compliance involves regular inspections of pipeline operator programs and facilities and, when compliance violations are identified, the application of appropriate administrative, civil, or criminal remedies. Federal and state pipeline inspectors conduct these compliance inspections and also conduct accident investigations and respond to public inquiries concerning pipeline operations. Federal Inspections: More than 100 full-time pipeline inspectors operate out of PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) regional offices in Trenton, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Kansas City, MO; Houston, TX; and Denver, CO. These inspectors implement a comprehensive inspection and enforcement program to verify that pipeline operators comply with pipeline safety regulations.

For more information on federal/state authorities. Standard Inspections. PHMSA - Briefing Room - PHMSA Issues Guidance on Best Practices for Identifying and Verifying High Consequence Pipeline Areas. DOT 153-16 Monday, December 12, 2016 News Digest PHMSA Issues Guidance on Best Practices for Identifying and Verifying High Consequence Pipeline Areas. Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Advisory Bulletin to owners and operators of gas pipelines to provide guidance on how to identify and periodically confirm high-consequence pipeline areas. EPA Region 8: Children’s Environmental Health in Mountain & Plains States.

Choose from the resources below to learn about children’s environmental health hazards in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 27 Tribal Nations. EPA Region 8’s children’s health coordinator is Kim Bartels ( at (303) 312-6346. Mountain & Plains States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit: Exit Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) offer local health care providers and parents access to pediatric environmental health expertise. In Mountain and Plains States, the PEHSU is the Rocky Mountain Region Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Exit. Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials | U.S. House of Representatives. The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations.

Economic regulation is administered by the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB). This independent agency also has the authority to address national emergencies as they affect the nation’s rail transportation system. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for administering railroad safety laws, railroad infrastructure and development programs, possesses responsibilities relevant to homeland security, and has federal oversight of Amtrak. Amtrak is the nation’s major provider of intercity passenger rail service. Also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak was established by law in 1970 and required to assume the responsibility from private sector railroads for provision of passenger rail services. Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials | U.S. House of Representatives. Committee Unanimously Approves Pipeline Safety Bill | U.S. House of Representatives. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) pipeline safety program and maintain the safety of our nation’s pipeline network.

H.R. 4937, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, is a four-year reauthorization that improves pipeline safety by closing gaps in federal standards, enhances the quality and timeliness of agency rulemakings, promotes better usage of data and technology to improve pipeline safety, and provides regulatory certainty for citizens, the safety community, and the industry. “We have a responsibility and opportunity to ensure the efficiency and safety of the 2.6 million miles of pipelines transporting energy resources to Americans across the country,” Denham said. “Pipelines are critical to the economy of Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the entire country,” Shuster said.

FACT: Public Transparency by State Pipeline Safety Agencies & PHMSA – website review 2015 | Pipeline Safety Trust. DOCKET: Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines. National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives: State Program Managers. ​​​​​​​​​ State Program Managers​ Program Roles: (G) = Gas Pipelines (HL) = Hazardous Liquids Pipelines (IAG) = Interstate Agent for Gas Pipelines (IAHL) = Interstate Agent for Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Use the alphabet below to locate a state with the program managers information: Alabama Wallace R. Administrator Gas Pipeline Safety Section Alabama Public Service Commission (G) (HL) P O Box 304260 Montgomery, AL 36130-4260 Office: 334 - 242-5780 Fax: 334 - 242-0687 Web Site: Arizona Dennis Randolph ​​Pipeline Safety Program Manager Arizona Corporation Commission (G) (HL)(IAG) (IAHL) 1300 W. Office: 602-262-5601 Web Site: Arkansas Gary Looney Assistant Director Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission (G) 2215 West Hillsboro (PO Box 11510), El Dorado, AR 71730 Office: 870-862-4965 Web Site: ​ Robert "Bobby" Henry Back to Top 472 W.

Oil Spill Claims: National Pollution Funds Center. Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict Of Interest in the Selection and Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department Of State. This Guidance, issued February 26, 2015, replaces the Department’s Interim Guidance for the Disclosure of Organizational Conflict of Interest in the Use of Third-Party Contractors in Preparation of Environmental Documents by the Department of State. I. Organizational Conflict of Interest All prospective contractors submitting proposals (Offerors) must submit as part of their proposals an Offeror’s Organizational Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Certification (OCI Disclosure Certification), in which the Offeror specifies, consistent with NEPA regulations, that “they have no financial or other interest in the outcome of the project.”[1] More information on the preparation of that Certification follows in Section II. An Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) exists when the nature of the work to be performed may, without some restriction on future activities: a) result in an unfair competitive advantage to a contractor; or c) would be called on to review its own prior work; and/or II.

III. 09.29.15 Pipeline Safety Testimony - Government Accountability Office (GAO) Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines? Map of major natural gas and oil pipelines in the United States. Hazardous liquid lines in red, gas transmission lines in blue. Source: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Over 2,000 miles away in Michigan, workers were still cleaning up another pipeline accident, which spilled 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. Estimated to cost $800 million, the accident is the most expensive pipeline spill in U.S. history. Over the last few years a series of incidents have brought pipeline safety to national – and presidential – attention.

As Obama begins his second term he will likely make a key decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline [2], a proposed pipeline extension to transport crude from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The administration first delayed the permit for the pipeline on environmental grounds [3], but has left the door open to future proposals for Keystone’s northern route. The same holds true for pipelines. History of Oil Pipeline Regulation (FERC 2004) To Congress: Effects of Diluted Bitumen (Tar Sand) on Pipelines - Transportation Research Board Special Report (pdf) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Oil. States of the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness | NDPA WordPress site. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Staff Oil Pipeline Handbooks.


OIL LINES: REGULATIONS & OVERSIGHT. Presentation - Association of Oil Pipe Lines April 26 update (PowerPoint) Pipeline problems. Already, more than 800,000 kilometres of major petroleum pipelines criss-crosses the North American continent, and more is under development. Eventually, those pipelines will outlive their purpose. Sometimes they are abandoned. Sometimes they are forgotten. David Howell, founder and managing partner of Pipeline Equities in Houston, Texas, considers those old, abandoned pipelines a wasted asset. “The pipe, for the most part, is just steel,” he says. “It’s a commodity, so it can be used and reused over and over again.” Howell has made a business out of reusing or digging up old pipelines. After Hurricane Sandy, many organizations were purchasing old pipeline parts for use as supports for bridges, docks, railings and other structures. More than not, Howell is happy to oblige.

Why are landowners worried about abandoned pipelines? In Canada, it’s unclear how many kilometres of abandoned pipelines exist. Dakota Access likely to be safest pipeline in state | Oil And Energy. In the worst-case scenario, a leak from the Dakota Access pipeline would release 19,000 barrels — about 800,000 gallons — of oil at a location near Williston. That is the maximum release on the North Dakota part of the 1,172-mile line, according to an analysis Dakota Access was required to complete as part of its permit application with the Public Service Commission.

Nineteen thousand barrels is a small fraction of what the pipeline would be able to carry if and when it is completed — 570,000 barrels per day. That’s possible because of advances in pipeline technology on multiple fronts. The United States has an estimated 2.4 million miles of oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the nation, many of which were laid pre-1969. They were state of the art for their time — iron pipelines, coated with things like asbestos and hot tar wraps. Evan Whiteford is a member of the Laborer’s International Union of North America, and a pipeline guy for about 10 years in the Bakken. Standards rise under water. Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota. By By JAMES MacPHERSON BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company with a history of oil field-related spills in North Dakota and Montana is being hampered by winter weather in its cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, a regulator said Thursday.

Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department, said the Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. spill was discovered Monday by a landowner near Belfield. The cause of the leak is under investigation and the amount of the spill is unknown, in part because of recent blizzards and subzero temperatures throughout North Dakota, he said. "Anytime you have cold temperatures, it's going to hinder cleanup and the investigation," Suess said. He said the spill migrated about 2½ miles from the spill site along Ash Coulee Creek, and it fouled an unknown amount of private and U.S.

Belle Fourche Pipeline is part of Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos. Processes affecting oil spills. The figure at right shows the weathering processes affecting oil spills: Adsorption (sedimentation): The process by which one substance is attracted to and adheres to the surface of another substance without actually penetrating its internal structure. Biodegradation: The degradation of substances resulting from their use as food energy sources by certain micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi, and yeasts. Dispersion: The distribution of spilled oil into the upper layers of the water column by natural wave action or application of chemical dispersants. Dissolution: The act or process of dissolving one substance in another.

Emulsification: The process whereby one liquid is dispersed into another liquid in the form of small droplets. Evaporation: The process whereby any substance is converted from a liquid state to become part of the surrounding atmosphere in the form of a vapor. Photo Oxidation: Sunlight-promoted chemical reaction of oxygen in the air and oil. Pipeline Safety - NAPSR 2015 National Meeting (pdf) - Supporting & Related Material Document. Tar Sands: When This Oil Spills, It's 'A Whole New Monster' Whistle-blower John Bolenbaugh wades through thick mud in the Kalamazoo River looking for leftover traces of oil from the July 2010 Enbridge tar sands pipeline spill. John W. Poole/NPR An oil sheen appears along the shore of the Kalamazoo. More than 800,000 gallons of oil entered Talmadge Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, a Lake Michigan tributary. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and carried oil 30 miles downstream.

John W. Poole/NPR Bolenbaugh holds up a hand coated with oil sludge he has found in the Kalamazoo River two years after the spill, and two weeks after the state and EPA reopened the river to recreational use. John W. Children fish at a newly opened recreational area built by Enbridge on the Kalamazoo River. Sometime in the next few months, David Daniel probably will have to stand by and watch as bulldozers knock down his thick forest and dig up the streams he loves. "I want to know exactly what I'm dealing with," he says. The U.S. 185,000 U.S. Oil Pipelines Leak EVERY SINGLE DAY. Pipelines-are-safer-than-rail-infographic.jpg | Fraser Institute. 10.31.13 PHMSA Safety Order to Tesoro Pipeline Co. Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Pipeline Disaster Response. DOCKET: Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines. Pipeline Safety, Enforcement & Regulatory Procedures.

Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible 11.20.14. Form No. 6/6-Q - Annual/Quarterly Report of Oil Pipeline Companies. 2012 US DOT PIPELINE SAFETY UPDATE. PHMSA - Data & Statistics - Distribution, Transmission & Gathering, LNG, and Liquid Accident and Incident Data. Pipeline Incidents Records Search - PHMSA. Pipeline Problems | SAFE. View Rule. - Proposed Rule Document.

Conceptual model of the uppermost principal aquifer systems in the Williston and Powder River structural basins, United States and Canada. Toxics Program Bibliography - Hard Rock Mining Contamination. View Rule. FERC EA Fails to Consider Impacts from Related Pipeline Construction Projects | Pipeline Law. 01.03.2012 Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty & Job Creation Act of 2011. View Rule. PHMSA | PIPELINE & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION. Minnesota Water Science Center. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Effects of a dual-pump crude-oil recovery system, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA. Fate and Effects of Wastes from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Photo Gallery.

Soil disturbance as a driver of increased stream salinity in a semiarid watershed undergoing energy development. Ecological risks of shale oil and gas development to wildlife, aquatic resources and their habitats. Seasonal Variability in Vadose zone biodegradation at a crude oil pipeline rupture site. FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry. Response to heavy, non-floating oil spilled in a Great Lakes river environment: a multiple-lines-of-evidence approach for submerged oil assessment and recovery. In Bemidji, a research site reveals secrets of an oil spill.