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New Mexico settles with Texas well operator

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oilfield regulators have reached a settlement agreement with a Texas well operator in response to spills of oily salt water at the company’s waste-water injection sites and oil wells. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division confirmed Tuesday the agreement with Siana Operating of Midland, Texas, that outlines a timeline for cleaning up the ...

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Pennsylvania inspectors key to Marcellus regulation

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Inspectors are the front line of the state’s effort to ensure development in the Marcellus is done right and with the least environmental impact possible. The Post-Gazette’s analysis of every fine the state levied against Marcellus drillers from 2005 through June 1 this year shows that a third of spills (59 of 179) were ...

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Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Post-Gazette analysis of DEP records provides a detailed look at the Marcellus Shale industry and its regulation, showing the serious problems in spotting well-site incidents, record keeping, and hiring adequate numbers of inspectors; it also shows how the industry has responded to accidents and surrounding publicity. This is the first of three parts. ...

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Negative publicity does more damage to Marcellus Shale drilling companies than fines

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The state Department of Environmental Protection fines drillers to try to get them to change behavior, but to giant Marcellus Shale drilling companies, $10,000 or even $100,000-plus fines are inconsequential. For them, the worst part of a well-site accident is bad publicity. “The fine is nowhere near as damaging as the press coverage and ...

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Oil and gas spill report for Sept. 15

Staff Report | Greeley Tribune, Colo. The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five ...

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Canada revamps pipeline safety rules ahead of new projects

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By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER, May 14 (Reuters) – Canada unveiled new rules on Wednesday to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands to coastal ports for export. The new legislation will give Canada’s energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), more power to enforce compliance on safety ...

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McCoy wants jail time for derailment-reporting delays

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By Brian Nearing | The Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) ALBANY — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said Tuesday that he wants to make it a crime — punishable by jail time — for railroad operators that delay reporting spills of crude oil or other hazardous materials. McCoy said he will propose such legislation in reaction to Monday’s derailment of four ...

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Hazardous materials safety downsizes, pipelines continue to leak unreported

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By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has recently offered a number of their employees buyouts to decrease their staff by 9 percent. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the federal regulator for the nation’s pipelines and crude railcars. Their website states that their mission is to “protect the people and the ...

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Oil-field waste regulators should be more proactive

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By Grand Forks Herald It took explosions, fires and deaths before federal and state regulators got grimly serious about the risks of transporting Bakken oil. Likewise, it took the discovery of mounds of dumped oil-field waste before North Dakota regulators made safe disposal a top priority. Now, here’s a suggestion for North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and his regulatory officials: Don’t ...

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