Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System Oil covers the ground around a slide in Mayflower, Ark., on April 1, days after a pipeline ruptured and spewed oil over lawns and roadways. Jeannie Nuss/AP hide caption toggle caption Jeannie Nuss/AP Equipment failed to detect North Dakota oil leak BISMARCK, N.D. — Electronic monitoring equipment failed to detect a pipeline rupture that spewed more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, the pipeline's operator said Monday. It's not yet clear why the monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak, Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the Belle Fourche Pipeline, said. A landowner discovered the spill near Belfield on Dec. 5, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department.
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. Feds Order Correction to Plan to North Dakota Pipeline Owner The Latest on Oil pipeline rules(all times local): 2 p.m. Federal regulators have outlined corrective steps that must take place before a company may restart a pipeline that leaked 176,000 gallons of oil into and along a creek in western North Dakota.
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative 12.18.15 The United States this week published its first EITI Report, covering the fiscal year 2013. “The Report provides new insights into the governance and taxation of the extractive industries in the world largest oil producer”, said EITI Chair Clare Short. “The accompanying data portal has set a standard that many other EITI implementing countries might wish to emulate”. “Providing data in an open and accessible format will empower citizens, inform public discussions, and expand the scope of future revenue reporting to ensure the American people receive a fair return for the extraction of oil, gas, minerals and renewable energy on public lands and waters,” said U.S. Tesoro’s 2013 North Dakota Oil Spill Clean-Up Lingering into New Year The clean-up by Tesoro Corp. of a nearly 21,000-bbl oil pipeline leak in North Dakota in 2013 will continue into next year, a state health department official said Wednesday. "There is still active remediation ongoing at the site,” which is in the heart of the Bakken Shale about 10-12 miles northeast of Tioga, and Tesoro is “still in the process of cleaning it up," said North Dakota Department of Health’s Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager. Suess said the company had projected completing the clean up this spring, but he expects the project to continue into the fall. There will be several years of monitoring the site by the company and the state after everything is excavated, treated and backfilled, Suess said, noting that state officials need to assure there continues to be no impact on underground domestic water supplies. Tesoro has spent nearly $50 million to date for a clean-up effort originally estimated at about $61 million, he said.
PHMSA: Pipeline Operator Information Search Pipeline Operator Information The operator information available below includes operators with hazardous liquid, gas transmission, and/or gas gathering pipelines who have submitted one or more PHMSA-required annual reports for the 2006-2015 time period. Gas distribution assets are not currently included in these reports. A report may be accessed on a particular operator which provides basic mileage, incident, inspection, and enforcement information covering the last five years. Mileage and incident information is provided for all of the hazardous liquid and/or gas transmission and gathering pipelines operated by a particular operator, whether they involve assets which are inspected by PHMSA (referred to as "Federally-inspected") or assets which are inspected by one of PHMSA's partner state agencies (referred to as "State-inspected").
Oil companies in North Dakota dusting off the cobwebs BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Energy companies working in North Dakota are shifting from a position of reserve to one of optimism with oil prices in recovery, a state leader said. North Dakota is the No. 2 oil producer in the United States, behind Texas, and host to significant portions of the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil and natural gas basins. Crude oil production from North Dakota peaked in 2014, when oil was trading near the $100 per barrel mark, at 1.2 million barrels per day, but faltered since oil dipped below $30 per barrel early this year. Lynn Helms, the director of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, said in a statement that a price recovery that follows a decision from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was welcome news for the state. Even with a slump in prices in early Wednesday trading, WTI was priced above $52 per barrel. That's 20 percent, or almost $10 per barrel, higher than one month ago.
Crude Oil Spills and Health - Links to resources about chemicals, side effects, cleanup, and recovery Overviews Return to top Health Information Coping with Disasters and Stress North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public North Dakota, the nation's No2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said. According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the pipeline spills, many of them small, are among some 750 "oil field incidents" that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification. "That's news to us," said Don Morrison, director of the Dakota Resource Council, an environmental-minded landowner group with more than 700 members in North Dakota.
Bad River Band Denies Renewal of Enbridge Line 5 Easement Sunday, January 8th, 2017 from Wisconsin Citizens Media Coop Tribe calls for decommissioning and removal at Bad River, WI P.O. Box 39 Odanah, Wisconsin 54861 Environmental Impact: Three Years Later N. Dakota Oil Spill Still Not Cleaned Up Environment Get short URL North Dakota sees an average of four oil spills every year. Most recently, the so-called Belle Fourche pipeline ruptured, resulting in some 130,000 gallons of crude oil being spilled into the environment. 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.” 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:
North Dakota Profile North Dakota Quick Facts In 2014, North Dakota was the second largest crude oil-producing state in the nation and accounted for over 12.5% of total U.S. crude oil production; a 251% increase in production from 2010 to 2014 was primarily driven by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken formation. North Dakota had 5.5% of the nation’s recoverable coal reserves at producing mines as of 2013; the state’s coal production, which all came from surface mines, accounted for 2.8% of U.S. coal production in 2013. Although North Dakota’s total energy consumption is among the lowest in the nation as a result of its small population, the state’s consumption per capita ranks among the highest, in part because of the energy-intensive industrial sector and high heating demand in winter.