e-Edition: January 2018

HORIZONTAL PIPELINE DRILLING – RUNNING INTO TROUBLE

In some cases, horizontal pipeline drilling can be harder and may be riskier than was thought. Pressurized air and water and use of
bentonite has caused impacts to private wells in Pennsylvania.


More pipelines are being installed to bring Marcellus and Utica shale energy East to markets in Philadelphia, which will include
shipment to oversee markets in ships, loaded in the Delaware River.


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection required work to stop at some locations. Recognizing the situation, one company is changing plans, and now wants to use the traditional open trench cut techniques in an area with wetlands and streams.


Water would be pumped around the work area.


It is sometimes thought that new technology solves problems, while the reverse can occur if there is not adequate consideration of the environment. Unstable subsurface conditions and not considering soil and geology can lead to bad assumptions about environmental impacts from the project.


The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection and the pipeline company involved are evaluating the situation to make sure that the job is done right. Let’s all hope that lessons learned will avoid future problems as sound environmental engineering and
geology work can avoid unrealistic assumptions in permit applications, which should not occur in the first place.

EPA HONORS 2017 ENERGY STAR PARTNERS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN ENERGY

Selected Energy Star Partners of the year in 2017 were:

(Los Angeles, Calif.) KB Homes achieved a major milestone, surpassing a total of 100,000 Energy Star certified homes built to date.


(Louisville, Ky.) Olin Brass, a leading manufacturer of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, foil, tube, and fabricated components achieved more than a six-percent reduction in energy intensity over the past year for savings of one million dollars.


(New York, N.Y. ) Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest owners and managers of commercial real estate in the nation, continued to demonstrate a sophisticated and strategic approach to energy management. This approach resulted in 36 properties earning the Energy Star certification. Vornado achieved a weather-normalized site energy use reduction of 4.8 percent across its portfolio, saving $882,000 in 2016, for a total of $8.6 million in savings since 2012.


(New Port Richey, Fla.) Welbilt, with its family of brands, continues to help food service businesses save energy and money. The Frymaster brand, which offers chefs, restaurants and other commercial kitchens highly-efficient electric fryers, introduced more than 300 new Energy Star models in 2016, each offering customers an average of $125 (or 1,100 kilowatt-hour) savings per year.


 

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