Family lawyer said 79-year-old Zelda Rothman, who died Jan. 25, had stage 4 lung cancer and lived about 3 miles from source of methane escaping from Aliso Canyon gas storage field, Reuters reported.
Additional monitoring and reporting requirements would still be required. SoCal Gas would be required to withdraw gas reserves as quickly as possible while maintaining reliable supplies for customers, Reuters said.
Hearing board of South Coast Air Quality Management District scheduled a fourth meeting for Jan. 23 to take more testimony on plan to siphon off and incinerate methane, Reuters said.
At one point, California Air Resources Board estimated gas was escaping at rate of 58 tonnes per hour, accounting for roughly one-fourth of all methane emissions throughout the state, Reuters reported.
Construction crews were working on expansions to the West Texas gas processing plant but what caused the blast is still unknown.
Oil, coal and gas under federal government-owned lands constitute up to half of the potential emissions from all remaining U.S. fossil fuels, according to the analysis by EcoShift, Reuters reported.
A NuVista Energy pipeline leaked about 629 barrels of oil and water emulsion. The leak, 31 miles northeast of Rainbow Lake, Alberta, was identified Aug. 14, Reuters said.
Some companies and labor groups see opportunity to create demand for new technologies and jobs focused on methane and pollutant leak prevention under the EPA's proposed regulations, Reuters said.
Proposed methane standards are expected to reduce the equivalent of 7.7 million to 9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2025, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Reuters said.
Enbridge Pipelines Inc., TransCanada Corp. and Kinder Morgan Canada signed a joint industry partnership to research aerial-based leak detection technologies for pipeline safety. Various technologies will be tested.
Maxxeon Inc. introduced the WorkStar 2003 for fluorescent magnetic particle and penetrant testing.
DNV GL has established a joint industry project (JIP) focused on leak detection. Twenty key industry players are partnering to develop a best practice for designing and implementing offshore leak detection systems.