Natural Gas News – July 12, 2018

Natural Gas News – July 12, 2018

Natural Gas Leaks are More Common Than You Think

ABC WBAY reported: Sun Prairie’s explosion may be rare according to statistics, but we’re learning just how common gas leaks really are. Gas leaks can have many causes—like aging pipes, or contractor work, as we saw Tuesday. So what does it take for excavators to dig safely without hitting a pipe? Diggers Hotline is the well advertised agency that wants you to call “811” before digging so they can investigate first— for safety. “If you call that, they should come out, mark the utilities under the ground,” explained Daniel Parsley, an NWTC Natural Gas Instructor. “Once they see the utilities they should be hand digging to expose those utilities within the tolerance zone. Once they’ve exposed it, then they should be safely digging by it, but not too close to the pipe itself.” But pipeline accidents continue to happen. Last year, nearly 300 “significant” pipeline incidents were reported to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Thirty-three were injured, and eight people died across the U.S. For more on this story visit or click

Alaska Officials Still Bullish on China Natural Gas Partnership

Michigan Radio reported: Alaska officials on Wednesday said they remain confident that China will help the state achieve its decades -old dream of building a pipeline to carry now-stranded natural gas from the North Slope to markets, despite growing U.S.-China trade tensions. China is expected to buy about 75 percent of the liquefied natural gas shipped through the yet-to-be-built pipeline, so any tariffs that result from trade disputes could cause problems, Alaska Gasline Development Corp Vice President Lieza Wilcox said at a legislative hearing in Anchorage on Wednesday. “That said, this project is very well regarded in the government circles of both countries, in the trade circles of both countries,” Wilcox told lawmakers. The $43 billion project would send natural gas from the North Slope by pipeline to a liquefaction plant at Cook Inlet in southern Alaska. For more on this story visit energy. or click

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