Pipeline subsidence is Force Majeure –Florida Gas Transmission

Force Majeure, or an act of God, in other words “not our fault”, that’s what a methane pipeline company calls the 25-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The same thing could happen in the soft limestone underlying all of Florida and south Georgia that contains our Floridan Aquifer, the source of our drinking water.

Found in Energy Transfer’s page for Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC under Critical Notices:

Critical Notice
Notice ID: 39957
Notice Type: Force Majeure
Critical: Y
Notice Status Description: Initiate
Reqrd Rsp Desc: No response required
Posting Date/Time: Aug 15 2012 1:57PM
Subject: FORCE MAJEURE, Southern Portion of the Chacahoula Lateral & Napoleonville Interconnect, Assumption P
Notice Effective Date/Time: Aug 15 2012 1:54PM
Notice End Date/Time: Until further notice
Notice Text:

FORCE MAJEURE, Southern Portion of the Chacahoula Lateral & Napoleonville Interconnect, Assumption Parish, Louisiana (Revision #1)

Pursuant to Section 8 of Florida Gas Transmission Company’s LLC (FGT) FERC Gas Tariff, General Terms and Conditions, FGT hereby gives notice of a Force Majeure for the southern portion of the Chacahoula Lateral and the Napoleonville Interconnect, in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. This condition commenced on August 8, 2012 when the formation of a sinkhole in close proximity to the pipeline facilities created a subsidence condition which impinges upon the integrity of the pipeline and creates a potential danger to public safety. The southern portion of the Chacahoula Lateral & Napoleonville Interconnect have been taken out of service and operations will be suspended until an investigation can be completed and action taken to repair or replace the facilities.

Florida Gas continues to work with local authorities, the state of Louisiana and other parties as they investigate a sink hole and its impact in Assumption Parish. The following points will be unavailable for nominations beginning Wednesday, August 8, 2012 until further notice.

DRN 266472 Napoleonville Storage Rec
DRN 266493 Napoleonville Storage Del
DRN 105026 Acadian Assumption Interconnect
DRN 27588 Apache North Chacahoula

Should you have any questions please call your customer service representative.

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