The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to a release of gas and condensate from a pipeline at West Cameron 165 in the Gulf of Mexico.
California regulators said on Jan. 17 they were seeking public comment on a proposal that would significantly limit the amount of natural gas Southern California Gas can inject into its Aliso Canyon storage facility in Los Angeles, which leaked in 2015.
SoCalGas said it added new inner metal tubing in every well approved for injection, installed around-the-clock pressure monitoring of all wells and built an infrared fence-line methane detection system.
The Alberta Energy Regulator had already issued an environmental protection order forcing the company to suspend operations and contain the leak, Reuters said.
The utility, however, said it would not be ready to request state regulatory approval to inject gas into the giant field until it has met all of the requirements of the state's comprehensive safety review.
Southern California gas prices this summer have careened wildly as a result of restrictions on Aliso Canyon storage facility, EIA said.
Colonial Pipeline Co. said on Sept. 14 that a leak in one of its refined products lines spilled about 6,000 barrels of gasoline in Shelby County, Ala.
Statoil, which provides technical service at Kaarstoe, said its own investigation also showed that this was a serious incident, Reuters reported.
New government regulations help but still tie down the midstream’s potential uses of drones.
Likely reauthorization of pipeline safety bill will strengthen the U.S. transportation department’s hand and make the regulatory process more transparent.
EPA’s new emissions rule requires midstream operators to be prepared by Aug. 2, legal experts warn.
SoCalGas' original agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney, and approved by the courts, called for the relocation program to end 48 hours after the gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility was stopped.