Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration News

Federal Appeals Court Voids Exxon Pipeline Safety Order

An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order in 2015, and it …

Pennsylvania Utility Worker Killed by Debris from Home Blast

A coroner says a utility worker was killed by flying debris when a Pennsylvania house exploded while he was responding to a reported natural gas leak. The National Transportation Safety Board continues to lead the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s blast …

Pipeline Owner: North Dakota Crude Spill Larger than First Estimated

A crude oil spill in western North Dakota in December is now believed to be about three times bigger than originally estimated, pipeline owner True Companies said, making it the largest crude leak to affect water in the state in …

Cleanup Ongoing after North Dakota Pipeline Oil Spill

Roughly a third of the more than 3,000 barrels of oil that spilled into a North Dakota creek following a pipeline leak last week has been recovered, a local official said. An estimated 4,200 barrels of oil leaked from the …

US Agency: Exxon Trying to Dodge Blame for Arkansas Leak

Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. is trying to “escape responsibility” for not considering that a pipeline that ruptured in Arkansas was susceptible to seam failure despite a history of such problems, according to a federal agency. Exxon Mobil is challenging a …

U.S. Regulator Treads Lightly on Railroads Over Hazmat Violations: Report

Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, and are going lightly on civil fines, according to a report released last week by a government …

U.S. Again Warns Airlines Against Carrying Lithium Battery Cargo

U.S. aviation safety officials are raising new warnings about the dangers of carrying bulk shipments of lithium-based batteries on commercial flights. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the aviation industry, on Tuesday sent a notice to airlines urging them to …

Operator of Ruptured Arkansas Gas Pipeline Was Cited in 2011

Federal inspectors found several violations during their most recent review of Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Transmission system, which includes the pipeline that burst in the Arkansas River in May. Spectra Energy was cited during the 2011 inspection for three violations, …

Calls for Safety Upgrades Follow West Virginia Oil Train Crash

A fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia this week exposes lax safety standards and strengthens the case for tougher U.S. rules governing such shipments, safety advocates said on Tuesday. A 109-car delivery of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken …

Railroads Now Required to Alert States When Shipping Oil

The U.S. Transportation Department issued an emergency order designed to reduce the risks of transporting crude from North Dakota’s booming Bakken region by rail, a week after an oil train derailed and burned in Virginia. The order requires railroads to …