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Southeast Braces for Gas-Price Spike

Thanks to major spill that shut down part of Texas-to-NY pipeline

(Newser) - In what's being called a supply "red alert," a part of the Colonial Pipeline that transports gas from Houston to New York—serving about 50 million people in 13 states daily, per CNN and the Wall Street Journal —has been shut down since Sept. 9, when... More »

Al Gore's Daughter Arrested in Boston Protest

Karenna Gore is facing charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disturbing the peace

(Newser) - Karenna Gore, the oldest daughter of Al Gore, was arrested along with 22 other activists during a protest Wednesday in Boston, Grist reports. The group was protesting a pipeline being built by Spectra Energy that will move fracked gas through a Boston neighborhood. According to WCVB , Gore, a mother of... More »

Investigation: There's Danger Below Our Feet

Leaks from aging gas pipes kill, injure, or destroy nearly every other day

(Newser) - Old metal gas pipes pose deadly leak dangers across the US—yet we still have tens of thousands of miles of them under our feet, USA Today reports. The threat may seem small, but in fact, blasts from leaks have hurt or killed people or damaged property approximately every two... More »

How Gas Leaks Can Blow Up Buildings

Harlem explosion is proof of wider problem, experts say

(Newser) - Gas-leak explosions are devastating enough to destroy entire buildings, as we saw this morning in Harlem —and experts tell Popular Mechanics just how it can happen. It's not uncommon for underground pipes to leak gas that gets trapped under several inches of frost in winter and moves sideways,... More »

Over US Threats, Pakistan, Iran Push for Gas Pipeline

Presidents meet to inaugurate project

(Newser) - Pakistan is starting work on a gas pipeline to Iran, a long-planned project that the US says threatens anti-nuclear sanctions against Tehran. Iran has nearly finished its own section of the pipeline; today, presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Asif Ali Zardari attended a border ceremony. Some 485 miles of pipeline are... More »

Iran Building $10B Pipeline to Syria

It will be completed next year, news agency claims

(Newser) - In a sign that international sanctions must be biting hard, Iran has announced a plan to revitalize its energy sector—with a pipeline to war-torn Syria. Semi-official news agency Fars says work on the 750-mile natural gas pipeline, which will pass through Iraq, has already begun, the AP reports. The... More »

Things Congress Talks About: Caribou Sex

Texas' Louie Gohmert says Alaskan pipeline is hot date meet-up

(Newser) - A Texas Republican congressman is adamant in his backing of the trans-Alaska pipeline, but not because of silly energy independence. No, we must keep the oil flowing for the sake of ... caribou romance. So argued Rep. Louie Gohmert, tongue perhaps in cheek, during a meeting of the House Natural Resources... More »

Syria: 'Terrorists' Blew Up Pipeline

62 killed in clashes yesterday: reports

(Newser) - A gas pipeline running from central Syria to its Lebanese border was blown up at dawn today, and state-run media is blaming "an armed terrorist group," reports the AP . It's the latest in a string of such explosions since the beginning of Syria's uprising, which the... More »

Congress Passes Wrong Pipeline Bill

House sends along wrong version, Senate passes without noticing

(Newser) - It was a rare moment of bicameral, bipartisan compromise—and also a complete screw-up. The House and Senate hurriedly passed a pipeline safety bill on Tuesday, but not the one they thought they were passing, Politico reports. Thanks to a "clerical error," the House wound up passing an... More »

Pipeline Safety Bill Clears Congress

Watered-down bill disappoints safety advocates

(Newser) - Add another item to the list of things Congress can actually agree on: pipeline safety. A bill to make America's 2.3 million miles of pipelines safer has cleared the House and Senate with surprising speed and is headed for President Obama's desk, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Syrian Oil Pipeline Explodes

Government blames protesters, protesters blame government

(Newser) - An explosion ripped through a pipeline pumping oil to the Syrian flashpoint city of Homs today, sending thick plumes of smoke into the sky, the New York Times reports. Syria's state-run Sana news agency blamed the blast on "armed terrorist groups," while anti-government activists speculated that the... More »

Militants Attack Egypt Gas Pipeline

Officials suspect al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist militants

(Newser) - Suspected Islamist militants today attacked a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that transports fuel to neighboring Israel and Jordan, officials say. The attack, which targeted a pumping station about 15 miles west of the city of el-Arish, is the sixth on the pipeline since the popular uprising that... More »

Pipeline Explodes in Kenya Slum, Leaving Sea of Bodies

Explosion may have been caused by cigarette butt

(Newser) - More than 100 people are dead after a pipeline explosion in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, which is believed to have been ignited by a cigarette butt thrown into an open sewer that fuel was leaking into, the BBC reports. Dozens of other victims have been taken to hospitals, and... More »

Bomb Hits Egypt Gas Pipeline

Explosion stops flow of gas to Israel, Jordan

(Newser) - An Egyptian pipeline that supplies gas to Israel and Jordan was rocked by an explosion today, sending flames into the air and sparking a fire that burned for seven hours, cutting off the supply of gas, the BBC reports. Officials say two pickup trucks pulled up to the pumping station;... More »

Alaska Pipeline Getting Dangerously Cold

It's shipping less oil, which lowers temperature and causes trouble

(Newser) - Northern Alaska isn’t producing as much oil as it used to, and that could spell disaster for the Trans Alaska Pipeline. The pipe now transports about a third as much oil as it did at its peak, which makes the entire process about five times slower. That in turn... More »

Huge Gas Blast Rocks Egypt

Fire quickly contained, but some suspect sabotage

(Newser) - An explosion rocked a gas terminal in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula today, setting off a massive fire that was contained by shutting off the flow of gas to neighboring Jordan and Egypt, officials and witnesses said. Egypt's natural gas company said the fire was caused by a gas leak. However,... More »

Ohio Town Evacuated After Gas Line Bursts

Fires spread through Fairport Harbor; no injuries reported

(Newser) - An Ohio town was ordered to evacuate today after pressure buildup caused a gas line explosion, igniting at least a dozen fires, the AP reports. Most were put out by late morning, and the remaining two were under control; no injuries have been reported. The evacuation order was ultimately ditched... More »

BP's Alaska Pipelines on Verge of Collapse

At least 148 have received an F-rank due to corrosion

(Newser) - BP's vast network of pipelines in Alaska has been left in a sorry state by severe corrosion, according to an internal maintenance report obtained by ProPublica . At least 148 BP pipelines on Alaska's North Slope have received an "F-rank'," which BP workers say means at least 80% of... More »

Is PG&E to Blame for San Bruno Fire?

It's been involved in many gas line breaks, but no blame assigned yet

(Newser) - As the victims of Thursday's San Bruno fire mourn their losses, Pacific Gas & Electric reps say they still don’t know what caused a high-pressure gas pipeline to rupture. But could PG&E itself be to blame? The company has been involved in almost half of California’s major... More »

Gas Pipeline Blast Kills at Least 3

3 missing after Texas explosion 'like a tornado'

(Newser) - A gas pipeline about 50 miles south of Dallas exploded this afternoon, killing at least three people and sending an enormous ball of fire and smoke into the air. " People were reporting seeing a fireball and their windows shaking like from a sonic boom, " the county commissioner told... More »

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