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  1. New report confirms oil and gas pipelines are one of the safest ways to transport energy

    API today released a new report , with the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), confirming that oil and gas pipelines continue to be one of the safest ways to efficiently transport energy across the United States. The report highlights liquid pipeline safety performance and industry-wide efforts to improve pipeline safety in 2016 and beyond. “Safety is a core value throughout our industry,” said API Pipeline Manager David Murk. “This report shows the tremendous priority we place on pipeline safety , but as an industry we can always do more. By constantly evaluating our safety programs and activities, learning from past experiences, and making timely and adequate adjustments, our industry will continue working towards its goal of zero incidents.” Despite a 13 percent increase over the last five years in miles of pipeline delivering crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas liquids, pipeline incidents per mile larger than 500 barrels are down nearly a third. Incidents potentially impacting people or the environment outside of an operator’s facility are down 52 percent since 1999. The report summarizes industry-wide proactive pipeline safety principles; provides a transparent analysis of industry safety records, including where performance is improving and where challenges remain; and outlines the significant efforts liquid pipeline operators continue to make in advancing technologies and implementing innovative approaches to inspecting, monitoring, and managing pipeline safety programs. “Pipelines are a vital part of this nation’s energy infrastructure and ensuring they continue to operate safely will be critical to securing our energy future,” said Murk.  “Plus, the construction of new pipelines will create jobs, grow the economy and guarantee all Americans are benefitting from our nation’s energy renaissance.” API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 650 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  2. Pipeline Safety : Consumers Energy continues focus on gas safety, reliability

    Consumers Energy continues enhancing the safety and reliability of its 29,000-mile natural gas pipeline system that provides affordable service to more than 1.7 million customers throughout Lower Michigan.

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  3. Obama signs 2016 pipeline safety reauthorization bill into law

    US President Barack Obama signed S. 2276, the 2016 pipeline safety reauthorization bill, on June 21. The bill became law more than a week after the US Senate approved a version with House amendments and sent it to the White House.

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    Thu, 23 Jun 2016

  4. AOPL releases annual pipeline safety report, strategic plan

    The Association of Oil Pipe Lines released the 2016 API-AOPL Annual Liquids Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report & Strategic Plan, which it developed jointly with the American Petroleum Institute.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  1. Upstream independents protest PHMSA’s proposal for gathering lines

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  2. Oil and Gas News: North Dakota gets $240K for pipeline safety programs

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the state $240,000 for pipeline safety programs.

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    Wed, 6 Jul 2016

  3. PHMSA issues pipeline status advisory bulletin

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an advisory bulletin about procedures for changing a pipeline’s status from active to abandoned for pipeline owners and operators, and federal and state pipeline safety personnel.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  4. Jury finds PG&E misled investigators before natural gas explosion

    The 2010 blast of a PG&E natural gas pipeline sent a giant plume of fire into the air, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes in the city of San Bruno 

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

  5. House Energy and Commerce Committee approves pipeline safety bill

    The US House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed HR 5050, the pipeline safety reauthorization bill, on Apr. 27. The action followed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s approval of its own pipeline safety bill, HR 4937, a week earlier.

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  6. NEB, CEPA form committee on pipeline safety

    Canada’s National Energy Board and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association have formed a pipeline safety committee.

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    Thu, 26 May 2016

  7. Senate vote sends 2016 pipeline safety bill to White House

    The US Senate unanimously approved an amended federal pipeline safety bill it received days earlier from the House of Representatives, sending it to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

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    Tue, 14 Jun 2016

  8. Oil and Gas News: California utility guilty of obstructing investigators

    A federal jury found California's largest utility guilty on Tuesday of violating pipeline safety regulations before a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area and then misleading investigators about how it was identifying high-risk pipelines.

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

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