Feds Fine Spectra more than $134,000

Natural Gas Watch reports that the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has cited Texas Eastern Transmission, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy, for seven serious safety violations, including failure to monitor its pipeline for corrosion and failure to control for corrosion. This latest citation is the fourteenth time that PHMSA has cited Texas Eastern for pipeline safety violations since January 2006. Six of those 14 instances have included citations related to failure to control pipeline corrosion, and Texas Eastern has paid more than $4 million in fines in connection with those violations. Full story here.

Despite these violations, Spectra maintains the NJ-NY Expansion line, which will run under Jersey City and into Manhattan's West Village and be built by Texas Eastern, will be monitored daily.