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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...


Corrosion Cited in WV Pipeline Blast

External corrosion could be the cause of a pipeline explosion that ignited a massive fireball, destroyed four homes, and closed part of an interstate in West Virginia last week, the National...


Evacuation Grows, Tempers Shorten in NJ

One hundred more New Jersey homes have been evacuated near the site of a toxic chemical release from a train derailment, and the area’s congressman is calling for an end to self-policing of ...


Signal, Inspection Eyed in Train Wreck

A faulty signaling mechanism, missed inspection, and rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail are all under scrutiny as federal safety officials press their investigation into Frid...


Chemical Levels Slow Derailment Probe

Levels of vinyl chloride seeping from a derailed freight train spiked Monday (Dec. 3) in southern New Jersey, temporarily halting cleanup work as the federal investigation into the accident ...


NTSB: Confusion Preceded NJ Derailment

Confusion over a signal may have contributed to a train derailment that spewed clouds of toxic vapors over a New Jersey neighborhood on Friday, federal authorities say.


'Cliff' Scenario Threatens Infrastructure

The looming U.S. "fiscal cliff" could have disastrous implications for debt-financed bridges, tunnels, pipelines and other infrastructure, a global rating agency warns.


IN Blast Kills 2, Guts Neighborhood

Federal and state authorities worked feverishly Monday (Nov. 12) to determine the cause of a massive explosion and blaze that killed two Indianapolis residents and devastated a neighborhood ...


 
 
   

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