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Engineers Study Bridge Failure

Members of the civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have published a new evaluation of the events that led to a 2013 bridge collapse in Washington stat...

Jury: PG&E Guilty of Pipeline Safety Breaches

A federal jury found California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. guilty of criminal charges connected to the fatal 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.

Third Lawsuit Filed in Ship’s Sinking

A federal lawsuit has been filed by the family of one of the crewmembers of the El Faro, which sank earlier this month during a hurricane.

PG&E Fined $1.6B for 2010 Blast

SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric Company will pay a record $1.6 billion fine for committing 2,425 violations related to the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, California regulat...

WA Sues Trucker in Bridge Collapse

Washington State officials are trying to recoup $17 million they spent to repair a bridge wrecked by a truck driver with an oversized load.

NTSB Lays Blame in Bridge Collapse

Poor route planning, insufficient signage, and cell-phone calls all led to a rig crash that took down Washington's Skagit River Bridge last year, federal investigators have concluded.

U.S. Auditors Fault Pipeline Oversight

The federal agency tasked with pipeline safety is doing an inadequate job and lacks effective management and oversight, concludes a new audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Offic...

PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...

Corrosion, Alarm Issues Cited in Blast

Deteriorated coatings, ineffective cathodic protection, and a 24-year gap in inspections led to the rupture of a severely corroded pipeline and subsequent massive fire in West Virginia, fede...

Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

Work at an Indiana pipeline construction site has been halted over the discovery of a human skull this week.

Train Wreck Brings Down MO Bridge

Federal transportation investigators are combing the scene of the nation’s second bridge collapse in less than a week.

Load Mishap Cited in WA Bridge Collapse

Slammed by a rig hauling an oversized load, a Washington State bridge has collapsed, plunging two cars and three people into the frigid Skagit River.

$2.25B Fine Urged in Pipeline Blast

The California utility responsible for a fatal pipeline explosion is likely in for an "astronomical" fine after investigators turned up dozens of preventable problems dating back decades.

Pipeline Agenda Includes Coating Plans

New pipeline coatings for integrity and corrosion prevention are a key part of the industry's $10.3 million research focus for 2013.

Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

A contractor's drilling error is suspected in a natural-gas pipeline explosion and fire that demolished a popular Kansas City, MO, restaurant this week, killing one person and injuring at le...

Survivors May Get Steel from MN Bridge

Some of the nine million pounds of steel from the fallen Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota may be pieced off to survivors of the bridge collapse as a solemn memorial.

WV Pipe Thinned By Heavy Corrosion

Heavy corrosion caused a pipeline wall to thin to one-fourth of its original thickness, leading to its rupture in December, a new federal report has found.

Feds Order Pipeline Review After Blast

A section of pipeline in West Virginia has been determined “hazardous to life, property, and the environment,” federal investigators stated in a corrective order in response to a December 20...


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