Pipeline leak in Canada

A new leak was discovered Thursday of last week located in the northwestern park of Alberta, Canada. The spill came from a NuVista Energy company. Roughly 100,000 liters of a mixture of water, oil and gas have seeped through. “On Friday afternoon, a helicopter crew doing regular daily inspection and maintenance work saw a “small area of stressed vegetation” along the pipeline route and the line was shut down immediately” The company quoted that safety and the environment is their number one concern so responding…

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Where can you find safety regulations regarding pipelines?

If you are  unsure about the safety regulations concerning pipelines working around or near, then you need to familiarize yourself with the many regulations that the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has put together.  The following can be found here:  http://phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline/regs The website is a great resource tool for new and old technicians who need a briefing of what is allowed and what is now. On the left hand side, one may find numerous amounts of training tools. For example,…

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Abandoned mines in Colorado contaminate waterways

What happens when mines leak heavy metals –laced muck into lakes and rivers? Dead fish begin appearing, human drinking water becomes contaminated, thus human health declines. Colorado officials are trying to think of ways to clean up the mining mess. Roughly, 230 old mines are leaking this muck into all the waterways nearby. These old mines have leaked so much for so long, thousands of gallons a minute that state agencies don’t track the combined toxic flow. But by the estimates at sites where the…

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What is the future intake on Global warming?

Did you know that global warming is caused by carbon dioxide building up into the atmosphere, thus trapping more and more heat? According to climatecentral.org, roughly 60% of the carbon gets pulled into “carbon sinks”, which is another term for lakes, rivers, and oceans. But how much is really going into these bodies of water? It’s fairly well established that about 30 percent of atmospheric CO2 is pulled into the oceans, and it is thought that another 30 percent is sucked up by land-based ecosystems. But…

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Job seekers in a depression

Do you remember when the price per barrel was high? Yes, it was some time ago and we also wrote a blog then about some of the best salary jobs that were in the Oil&Gas industry. For example, if you were working on a rig back then you would have probably would have been making around $80k. Pay was high, but the hours were long as well. Now that the price for oil is low, these jobs are no longer in demand. The pay is…

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Texas jobs uprising or down?

Earlier last year, there were tons of new oil discoveries that fueled many parts of Texas. The top 10 counties in Texas that benefited the best were Midland who introduced a little over 3000 jobs, being followed by, Bexar, Frio, Ector and Tarrant. The downfall came when the price per barrel dropped drastically thus cutting jobs by more than 50%! The county that suffered the worst in Texas was Harris County, a total of 1115 jobs were lost. “Clearly, Texas has a very significant oil…

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