Intel Brief August 2016

Nearly 70 people were evacuated from residences, a library, and a YMCA in Pierre after a city street crew ruptured an underground gas line.

Nearly 70 people were evacuated from residences, a library, and a YMCA of the USA facility in Pierre, S.D., for about two hours June 27 while crews worked to repair a ruptured underground gas line.


Algae causes boil water order for almost 3,600 water customers.

Approximately 3,600 customers in the Crittenden-Livingston County Water District were placed under a boil advisory the weekend of June 25 after officials discovered algae in water that had been filtered at the plant. Crews poured a chemical into the Cumberland River to kill the algae and officials released water from Barkley Dam into the river to help the issue.


FitzPatirck nuke, the source of lake oil spill, shut down suddenly Friday.

Entergy Corp.’s James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant was manually shutdown June 24 and remained in a cold shutdown June 27 after a loss of power caused water pumps to stop working when a circuit breaker tripped and a pump in the reactor cooling system went offline. Officials are investigating whether the spill of up to 30 gallons of lubrication oil from a storage tank in the nuclear plant’s turbine building into Lake Ontario June 26 is related to the plant’s shutdown.


Indian Point 2 returns to service after pipe leak repair.

Entergy Corp. announced June 27 that service was restored to its Unit 2 nuclear reactor at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York, after the unit was shutdown June 24 to complete weld repairs to a leaking pipe and allow crews to test a breaker in a nearby switchyard.


SEC adopts rule on oil, mining payments to foreign governments.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it approved a rule June 27 requiring oil, gas, and mining companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments beginning in 2018. The rule requires companies to publicly release how much they pay governments in taxes, royalties, and other types of fees for exploration, extraction, and other activities.


Explosion, fire at Pascagoula gas plant, under control.

The Enterprise Plant in Pascagoula remained closed June 28 while fire crews conducted a controlled burn, allowing gas to slowly burn out of the plant following a June 27 fire. No injuries were reported.


Kentucky Power converts coal plant to natural gas.

Kentucky Power reported June 28 that it converted Unit 1 at its Big Sandy Power Plant in Louisa from coal to natural gas after retiring Unit 2 in 2015. The company stated that long-term plans include removing Unit 2 and redeveloping part of the site into an industrial park.


Tibble Fork Reservoir closed to recreation activity.

The Federal Natural Resources Conservation Service announced June 23 that the Tibble Fork Reservoir in Utah will be closed to recreational use until 2017 while crews complete a $7.3 million dam rehabilitation project in order to double the reservoir’s size and add seismic safety features.


West Virginia flooding leaves at least 24 dead.

The U.S. President declared West Virginia a disaster area June 25 after the governor declared states of emergency in 44 counties June 23 following severe flooding that led to 24 deaths, the loss of power to more than 32,000 customers, and severe damage to homes and infrastructure across the state. Roads were swept away and hundreds of rescue personnel responded to emergency calls.


Xcel presents $5.3M plan to improve ND power reliability.

Xcel Energy Inc., unveiled a $5.3 million plan for improving reliability to its North Dakota customers June 22, which will include removing 29,000 feet of unjacketed cable, installing 24 additional IntelliTeam switches and related equipment, and replacing wood cross-arms with fiberglass, among other improvements. The plan was created following a series ofpower outages during the spring of 2015 in Fargo.


Ventura oil spill misses the ocean, but damage on land is unclear.

Officials announced June 23 that approximately 29,400 gallons of unrefined crude was released from a Crimson Pipeline LLC-owned 10-inch underground pipeline in Ventura, Calif., which pooled in a storm water basin, allowing officials to block the crude from continuing to flow. Crimson Pipeline is responsible for cleanup efforts and authorities are investigating the incident.


Texas company fined for illegally operating well in La Plata County.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued a $239,496 fine to Atom Petroleum June 21 after ordering a Cease and Desist on the Taylor 3 well in La Plata County for operating illegally following numerous inspections that found the well continued operations despite officials ordering its shutdown. The order requires Atom Petroleum to remove all trash from the location, submit a remediation plan, install a liner at the crude oil tank, and clean all oil-impacted soils.


PSEG Nuclear’s Salem-2 unit in New Jersey connects to grid.

PSEG officials reported July 11 that its Unit 2 nuclear reactor at Salem Nuclear Power Plant in Lower Alloways Creek Township was reconnected to

the grid after it was taken offline July 4 due to an alleged electrical fault or short.


Boil water notice issued for Fort Pierce Utilities customers.

A boil water advisory was issued for 400 Fort Pierce

Utilities Authority customers in Fort Pierce, Florida July 11 through July 13 after an incorrect valve operation occurred during the filling of a ground storage tank.More than fourteen stations called to Washington County chemical fire. The National Polymers Inc., in Washington County sustained severe damage July 9 due to an alleged accidental fire that prompted fire crews to remain on site for over two hours. The building was ventilated and the incident was contained before the fire reached stored chemicals.


Fremont awaiting final test result on drinking water safety.

A lightning strike July 7 at a water treatment plant prompted officials t issue a boil water advisory for residents of Fremont, Nebraska until final

water testing confirmed safe drinking water.


9,000 gallons of sewage spill into water at Hickam Beach.

Official posted warning signs at Hickam Beach in Honolulu July 8 after a water main break in Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam ruptured, spilling 9,000 gallons of sewage into the Hickam Beach. The Department of Health was testing the water.


Hayden Pass Fire in Coaldale grows to 5,000 acres; pre-evacuation notices sent to nearby homes.

Crews worked July 11 to contain the 5,000-acre Hayden Pass Fire burning near Hayden Creek in Colorado after

authorities issued an Air Quality Advisory and pre-evacuation notice for homes along County Road 6 to Pole Mountain lane.


Dam repair robs crops of water during critical time, farmers say.

Officials reported July 8 that emergency repairs on the Sturgis Dam in Michigan caused river levels upstream to fall below normal levels and caused farmers to incur a deficiency in water as the intake pipes could not draw water from the low river. Officials alerted the public July 2 that the city of Sturgis would begin a drawdown of the reservoir area upstream to allow repair work of the dam.


PG&E closes gas storage field in delta after finding leaks.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., temporarily shut down its McDonald Island facility in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta July 7, following the discovery of small leaks of flammable fuel. The company is investigating the source of the leaks and closed the facility out of an abundance of caution.


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