Williams Co. Press Briefing: Gibson, LA (10/8/15)

Some $18 million payout in Tyler County oil and gas wrongful death lawsuit

From an Article by WTOV News 9, Upper Ohio Valley, October 7, 2015

Wheeling, WV — A lawsuit arising out of the death of a local man resulting from a 2013 explosion at a Tyler County oil and gas operation came to a conclusion on Wednesday.

The Circuit Court of Ohio County approved the settlement of $18 Million for the wrongful death case that had been filed by the law firm of Bordas & Bordas on behalf of the family of Bruce Phipps.

The lawsuit alleged that the negligence of several companies who were involved in operating the Eureka-Hunter Pipeline, LLC Twin Hickory pig launching and receiving station caused the explosion that led to Phipps’ death. Phipps was survived by his widow, Karen Phipps, who initiated the lawsuit on behalf of the Estate, as well as a daughter, two grandchildren and three siblings.

“This fine man who died as a result of the significant burns received over most of his body suffered in a way that no person should be forced to suffer. As a result, this family will forever be without a husband, a dad and a grandfather,” said Scott Blass, a partner at Bordas & Bordas, who served as lead counsel in the case.

“The most tragic part of this very sad scenario is that this could have been avoided if these companies simply would have conducted their operations in a safe and reasonable manner. Although this settlement will not bring Bruce back, we are hopeful that it will cause companies to think twice before putting workers in harm’s way when conducting their operations throughout the tri-state region.”

In addition to Eureka-Hunter Pipeline, LLC, other defendants in the case included Triad Hunter, LLC, Transtex Hunter, LLC, Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation, Apex Pipeline Services, Inc., Exterran Energy Solutions, LP, and Western Oilfields Supply Company, Inc. dba Rain For Rent.

The settlement is believed to be one of the largest, if not the largest, settlements in the history of Ohio County on behalf of a single family.


Police: 3 dead, 2 in serious condition after natural gas explosion in Louisiana

By Clint Durrett, WDSU News 6, Gibson, LA, October 8, 2015

GIBSON, La. – State Police said three workers were killed and two people were listed in serious condition following an explosion reported Thursday at a natural gas pipeline in Gibson, Louisiana.

The blast was reported about 11 a.m. at a pipeline at Williams Partners’ natural gas facility. The facility is owned by Williams Partners’ subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co.

Williams said that the facility was not operational at the time of the incident and gas was not flowing through the pipeline system when the explosion occurred.

The 13 Williams employees stationed at the facility have been accounted for and were not injured, Williams said. However, of the 19 contractors working at the site, three were killed, State Police said. Two people were injured and listed in serious condition.

“We are deeply saddened by reports of serious injuries to personnel working at the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families at this very critical time,” said Warren Toups, Williams operations manager.

The company said its top priority is ensuring the safety of its employees and contractors, and it is cooperating with first responders to secure the area.

Company officials’ initial assessment of the incident determined it didn’t appear that the explosion was caused by a rupture in the pipeline. The building containing the compressor engines was not damaged, the company said.

Williams said it will work with the appropriate regulatory agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident.

Williams also owned a plant in Gesimar, Louisiana, that experienced an explosion in June 2013. One person was killed in that blast.

As a result of the incident, the company was charged with a series of violations, ranging from willful to serious, and was initially ordered to pay a penalty of $99,000. The penalty was later reduced to $36,000, according to OSHA records.

See also: www.FrackCheckWV.net

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Work to Begin on New FirstEnergy Substation to Support Shale Gas

Final design and preliminary site work is underway for a new FirstEnergy Corp. substation near Smithfield, West Virginia, to help meet increased electrical usage in the area’s rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry.  The project also is expected to enhance service reliability for more than 6,000 Mon Power customers in Wetzel, Marion and Tyler counties.

The project is budgeted at approximately $63 million.  The work includes building a new, two-mile transmission line to connect the new substation with a midstream natural gas processing facility expanding its operations and using more electricity.  The new line will parallel an existing transmission line.

“FirstEnergy’s infrastructure enhancements continue to help support the increased Marcellus gas activity in West Virginia,” said Holly Kauffman, FirstEnergy’s president of West Virginia Operations.  ”The energy-intensive natural gas industry continues to be a positive driver of the state’s economy, and FirstEnergy and Mon Power are committed to upgrading our transmission system to meet the sector’s growing demand for safe and reliable electric service.”

Construction of the new substation and line is expected to begin in early 2016, with the project scheduled to be energized in late 2016.

In the interim, FirstEnergy has installed mobile equipment adjacent to the gas processing facility to accommodate the plant’s increased electrical load and help support voltage levels until the new substation is operational.

Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company, a FirstEnergy transmission affiliate, will build and own the substation.  Mon Power will own the short transmission line connecting the new substation to the gas processing facility.

Source: http://m.tdworld.com/substations/work-begin-new-firstenergy-substation-support-shale-gas

See also: FrackTracker Alliance maps …   See also: www.Marcellus-Shale.us

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“Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living above the Marcellus Shale”

October 7, 2015

Subtitle: The Seventh Generation: Survival, Sustainability, Sustenance in a New Nature — Paperback – Published on September 24, 2015 New Book by Jimmy Guignard (Author), M. Jimmie Killingsworth (Foreword) Book Summary:  Setting of Tioga County in Northeast Pennsylvania “Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living above the Marcellus Shale” Before the dust settles, as [...]

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Update: Large Interstate Pipelines in West Virginia

October 6, 2015

Dominion files with FERC to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Dominion has submitted their 30,000 page, 10 foot tall stack of paperwork to FERC as their formal application for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to gain a certificate of Eminent Domain and Public Necessity. Click here to learn more about their application. Now is the time [...]

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“Man and Nature: Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action (1864)”

October 5, 2015

The Speech of George Perkins Marsh in 1847 on Damages by Human Action By Garrison Keillor, Writer’s Almanac, September 30, 2015 George Perkins Marsh delivered an address before the Agricultural Society of Rutland County, Vermont, on this date in 1847. Marsh had worn many hats over his lifetime: lawyer, journalist, sheep farmer, mill owner, linguistics [...]

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Voodoo Economics of the Marcellus Shale Gas Field

October 4, 2015

Supply-side (Trickle-down) economics and regulations unfairly favor oil & gas Commentary by S. Tom Bond, Jane Lew, Lewis County, WV Voodoo economics is famous as the economics of Ronald Regan. He was a sports announcer and then actor by training and experience. Regan was a liberal and union leader at first but became a “conservative” [...]

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BXE 18 Day Fast Completed at FERC Seeking “No New Permits”

October 3, 2015

The 18 Day Fast at FERC Comes to an End, Deemed Successful From an Article by Ted Glick, EcoWatch.com, September 29, 2015 There were many kind people, including some Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) employees, who thanked me or had supportive things to say during the 18 days that I fasted on water only in [...]

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FERC Needs a Consumer Advocate to Represent the Public Interest

October 2, 2015

Add Your Voice to Urge FERC to Secure a Consumer Advocate We, the undersigned, call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create an Office of Consumer Advocate and Public Participation along the following principles: >>> The office should be organized in a way to maximize independence. Financing for the Office should be clearly [...]

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Appalachian Voices are Calling Out for Protection of Mountain Streams

October 1, 2015

Comment Period on Selenium Standard Extended to October 10th From: Appalachian Voices . . . . Dear Friend of the Mountains, Date: September 28, 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on a critical decision for the health of Appalachia’s waterways and aquatic life. Take action now and tell the [...]

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Pipeline Awareness for Emergency Response in WV

September 30, 2015

Public Information Meeting  – Pipeline Safety in West Virginia Commentary & Summary by April Keating, Buckhannon, Upshur County, WV, September 29, 2015 I attended the pipeline safety awareness and first responder training, Pipeline Awareness for Emergency Response, in Buckhannon on September 28th. It was sponsored by several gas/pipeline companies, including Dominion, EQT, Mountaineer, and a [...]

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