Search Results for:
DEQ cites Colonial Pipeline for continuing violations regarding Huntersville gasoline spill, the fourth such notice this year
The NC Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Notice of Continuing Violation to Colonial Pipeline regarding with ongoing contamination from a major gasoline spill in Huntersville. The spill, which occurred in August 2020, released an estimated 1,289,190 gallons of product, equivalent to 30,695 barrels, the nation’s largest such spill onshore since at least 1997. However, […]
Monday numbers: A close look at what’s next now that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been canceled
Feds submit proposal for restoring hundreds of miles of cleared land
A little more than a year after Duke Energy and Dominion pulled the plug on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, federal regulators have published a proposed restoration plan for the 600-mile route.
EPA recommends that Army Corps of Engineers not grant Mountain Valley Pipeline stream crossing permit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the Army Corps of Engineers not grant Mountain Valley Pipeline a critical permit to cross several hundred streams in Virginia and West Virginia. “EPA has identified a number of substantial concerns with the project as currently proposed, including whether all feasible avoidance and minimization measures have been […]
Colonial Pipeline cuts deal with federal pipeline officials over Huntersville gasoline spill
Colonial Pipeline has signed a consent agreement with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which allows the company to avoid federal civil penalties in connection with a 1.2 million gallon gasoline spill in Huntersville — the largest onshore fuel spill in the U.S. since 1997. According to the consent agreement, Colonial “neither admits nor […]
A 303-mile hole in claim that the Mountain Valley Pipeline is critical to energy security
After the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, fossil fuel industry advocates have redoubled their efforts to frame the completion of other U.S. pipeline projects as a critical energy security issue.
However, there is a 42-inch wide, 303-mile long gaping hole in this line of argumentation: the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).
DC update: Senate examines Colonial Pipeline meltdown; millions for NC included in House transportation bill
Colonial Pipeline CEO: ‘One of the toughest decisions I have had to make’ to pay a $4.4M ransom
WASHINGTON—The CEO of Colonial Pipeline, which underwent a ransomware attack in early May that led to massive shutdowns of gas stations across the Southeast, said during a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday that it was his decision to pay a ransom to restore the company’s operations.
As NC lawmakers fast-track legislation prohibiting ransomware payments, federal officials focus on pipeline shutdown, future attacks
gas shortage, ransomware, cyber threats, Colonial Pipeline, House Bill 813
Colonial Pipeline gasoline spill larger, contamination deeper than previously estimated
New estimates by Colonial Pipeline, responsible for the largest gasoline spill in North Carolina history, show that at least more gasoline escaped from a broken pipeline in Huntersville last summer. The company previous estimated 1.2 million gallons were released; a new estimate is still being calculated. To illustrate the amount of gasoline that was spilled, […]
Colonial spill prompts bill that would require DEQ to study potential public health, environmental effects of gasoline pipelines
The NC Department of Environmental Quality would receive $200,000 to study the “condition, safety and environmental impact” of pipelines that transport petroleum through or within the state, according to a bill filed yesterday. Democratic Sen. Natasha Marcus filed SB 459 in response to the nation’s largest gasoline spill in two decades, which occurred last August […]
After Huntersville gasoline spill investigation, feds say Colonial Pipeline’s entire 5,500-mile route could pose public safety, environmental risks
Federal investigators have warned Colonial Pipeline that because of poor operational procedures, the company’s entire 5,500-mile pipeline could jeopardize public safety, property or the environment. A 1.2 million-gallon gasoline spill in Huntersville, which occurred last summer, prompted the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to investigate Colonial’s operation and maintenance systems. Problems identified in the […]
DEQ: Colonial Pipeline report “lacks critical information,” state cites company with Notice of Continuing Violation
This story has been corrected to remove this sentence: “Because of fire suppressants used during the initial spill emergency, it is likely that the groundwater contains toxic perfluorinated compounds, or PFAS, according to previous statements by DEQ.” Colonial responded and said the suppressants did not contain PFAS. Colonial Pipeline has omitted key information about potential soil, […]
New and alarming figures: Colonial Pipeline spilled 1.2 million gallons of gasoline in Huntersville, 17 times original estimates
The largest gasoline spill in North Carolina history just got bigger. Colonial Pipeline has released new figures, estimating at least 1.2 million gallons of gasoline spilled from a broken pipe in Huntersville last summer, more than 17 times the original figure. The new numbers are included in a 1,600-page Comprehensive Site Report filed with the NC […]
Toothpaste goes back in the tube: Duke, Dominion propose restoration plan for former Atlantic Coast Pipeline route
Environmental restoration along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is scheduled to begin this year, including in North Carolina, according to federal filings by the utilities. Although Duke and Dominion canceled the $8 billion natural gas project last summer, contractors for the utilities had timbered and excavated public and private land along portions of […]
Contamination prompts Colonial Pipeline to buy three homes near Huntersville gasoline spill
Company still hasn’t revealed total volume of gasoline released in August; DEQ wants answers by Dec. 23.
The garage is empty and spotless.
A man lugs garbage bags stuffed with soft goods and crams them into his car, filling the back seat and passenger side.
Colonial Pipeline “significantly underestimated” amount of gasoline spilled in Huntersville
During a major spill in August, Colonial Pipeline released more gasoline into the environment than the company originally reported, the NC Department of Environmental Quality announced today. However, Colonial has not yet provided a new estimate. From DEQ today: “Based on current information, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has determined that Colonial […]