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Safety awards for FirstEnergy’s Pa. utilities

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Three of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Pennsylvania utilities companies have received safety awards from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania. -Pennsylvania Power received the Safety Sustainability Award for its low rate of injuries among workers since 2011. It was also awarded the Safety Improvement Award for its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of such injuries. -Both Pennsylvania ...

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Chicago wants tighter rules on crude oil trains

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Richard Wronski | Chicago Tribune Warning that the frequent railroad trains loaded with crude oil passing through the Chicago area are a “serious risk to public safety,” the City Council is calling for tighter restrictions on the shipments than federal officials proposed in July. Council members on Tuesday also asked that the city and other municipalities be given the authority ...

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A safer mobile pond, from factory to frack site

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media From the factory floor to the on-site product assembly, PCI Manufacturing, a Texas-based liquid storage and transport manufacturer, is leading an industry in a charge for increased safety requirements and the minimization of hydraulic fracturing’s residual footprint. The fracking process requires millions of gallons of water to be pumped underground at high pressure. Before ...

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Judges recommend $1.4B penalty against PG&E

Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood. The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two ...

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A glimpse of offshore drilling life

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Offshore drilling has a bad reputation after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, but the Gulf of Mexico still provides 20 percent of domestic crude. Over the course of production, the Gulf has seen approximately 5,600 rigs in its waters, far more than anywhere else in the world. After visiting a 40-story oil rig owned ...

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Safety and the Bakken

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Working on an oil rig is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The oil and gas industry is taking measures to address the hazardous nature of their field. Journalist Maxine Herr recently did an in-depth report for the Bismarck Tribune that explores the role that safety plays within the industry for ...

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Oil train safety measures coming

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ The U.S. Transportation Department is expected to outline a plan for oil train safety in a few weeks. Reuters reported today that prominent issues such as tank car design, speed, and routing may be addressed. The results of this meeting are heavily dependent on the refinery industry’s decision on the matter. The group has ...

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Bakken crude-by-rail safety still an issue

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Salon.com recently posted a detailed exposé on oil-train regulation specifically relating to Bakken crude oil. They critically analyze the Lac-Mégantic disaster of 2013 as well as the Casselton train derailment at the beginning of this year.  They interview various chemists and oil volatility specialists who claim there is a more explosive property to Bakken crude ...

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Cause of train derailment unknown; crews repairing Texas 6 bridge

Jordan Overturf | The Eagle (Bryan, Texas) Northbound traffic on Texas 6 south of Navasota will continue to pool through a single inside lane as Texas Department of Transportation crews repair a bridge pier damaged in Monday morning’s Union Pacific train derailment. The hazardous chemicals spilled in the derailment pose a minimal threat to residents and wildlife, according to the ...

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Feds: Oil train details not security sensitive

Matthew Brown | The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads sought to keep the material from the public following a string of fiery accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered railroads to give state officials specifics on oil-train routes and volumes ...

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