You don’t know when a natural gas pipeline might be carrying oil.
You do know pipelines corrode and leak, and this one did.
It’s owned by DCP Midstream, but guess who is a director there
and which company owns half of it!
Odessa American, 14 April 2015,
Crews begin oil spill cleanup in West Odessa,
Crews with DCP Midstream and the Ector County Environmental Office
are assessing an oil spill that took place Tuesday afternoon in West
Environmental office officials said they were called to Moss Avenue
and West Third Street about oil coming from the ground.
The low-pressure pipeline, according to Scott McMeans, supervisor at
DCP Midstream, was a natural gas line that leaked due to corrosion
causing oil to flow out.
McMeans said that sometimes Continue reading Natural gas pipeline carried oil which leaked: owned by a Spectra company →
This meeting format sounds like the Open Houses Sabal Trail held to snow and bully landowners.
And notice it’s always “80 percent survey approval”,
yet we never get to see any list of landowners?
Plus pipeline companies are always working to improve their safety record,
except it never seems to improve.
See below for some recent highlights of KMI’s long lack of safety record.
T.J. Lundeen, North Augusta Star, 21 May 2015,
Palmetto Pipeline of confusion: Session in North Augusta leaves many baffled, Continue reading KMI playing same tricks for Palmetto as Sabal Trail did →
Why should we accept any risk from a pipeline company
that has repeatedly claimed not to be familiar with
the public record of its long list of corrosion, leaks, and explosions?
A pipeline company that has claimed land values wouldn’t be affected?
That it’s “hard to believe” its own law firm sent threats of eminent domain
to landowners, despite copies of those letters being sent to newspapers and FERC?
That Georgia counties need its gas, after those same counties
had already passed
resolutions wanting Sabal Trail’s pipeline out of their county and state?
A pipeline company that claims the Sunshine State needs its gas
when its own figures show half the acreage could produce just as much
Why should anybody in Albama, Georgia, or Florida accept any risk from
that company from Houston, Texas?
Sabal Trail claimed
theirs is a safe company and leaks and explosions seldom happen,
confronted on-camera with a list of incidents. Continue reading Would you buy a used car from Sabal Trail? →
Tired of reporting on explosions unprevented by the
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
just issued a damning set of recommendations
to PHMSA, plus to an alphabet soup of other organizations to ride herd
on PHMSA to try to get some improvement.
How about instead we stop building new pipelines and get on with solar power?
NTSB said its motivation was three recent explosions it reported: the
2009 Palm City, Florida flying pipeline that almost hit a high school,
2010 San Bruno, California PG&E Pipeline Rupture and Fire,
2012 Sissonville, West Virginia I-75 house destruction,
These three accidents resulted in 8 fatalities, over 50 injuries,
and 41 homes destroyed with many more damaged.
And NTSB reporting on PHMSA’s failures goes back way farther than that, Continue reading NTSB tells PHMSA to fix its horrible pipeline safety methods →
Disturbance of soil, exacerbating corrosion,
needless risk through unnecessary crossings,
and cutting corners through inappropriate boring methods:
when even another pipeline company calls you out for those things,
you’ve got a problem, Sabal Trail.
And Southern Natural Gas just did that in ecomments to FERC.
SONAT should be worried about this after last week in Berrien County, Georgia:
Each crossing poses a risk during construction of the crossing as well as
ongoing risks during operation and maintenance of the pipelines. Since the
SNG pipeline must remain in service during construction of the crossings,
each time Sabal Trail bores under, or cuts under, the SNG pipeline
there is an increased risk that the integrity of the SNG pipeline will
A humble county ditch puller
broke SONAT’s pipeline on Bradford Road,
resulting in Sheriff’s deputies from two counties, a city 911 vehicle,
and an ambulance being scrambled, in addition to a fleet of Kinder Morgan
And me, since this break was only a few miles from my house,
and the valve they used to turn off Berrien County is on my property.
Neighbors I’ve known all my life were evacuated.
One spark and they wouldn’t have had anything to come back to.
And this was a 9 or 10-inch pipeline at 800PSI.
Sabal Trail wants to run a 36-inch pipeline at twice the pressure,
more than 20 times the gas.
Why should any of us accept that risk for Sabal Trail’s corner-cutting profit?
You should have seen the face
the Kinder Morgan rep on the spot pulled
when I mentioned Sabal Trail.
Now we can see spelled out what SONAT really thinks about their competitor,
including: Continue reading Needless risk through unnecessary crossings –SONAT to FERC about Sabal Trail →
Not in a High Consequence Area (HCA)?
Then a pipeline explosion may not even rate pictures on the news,
even if your house or field or forest or river is what explodes.
That’s what happened near Pilot Grove, Missouri 25 August 2008
on the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline 200 Line.
PHMSA, the so-called Pipeline and Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration,
doesn’t actually know when the
“impressed curent cathodic protection system”
and doesn’t have the results of the last hydrostatic test,
which was in 1955, 53 years before the pipeline corroded until it exploded.
Administrator just resigned,
after continuing to let pipeline companies
set the very definitions of accidents.
Do you want to trust your air, water, property values, or safety
to such an industry or such an agency?
Dennis Rich reported for the Sedalia Democrat 29 November 2013,
Pipeline explodes near Hughesville,
Another Panhandle Eastern pipeline in the area ruptured on Aug. 25,
2008, near Pilot Grove in Cooper County and caused $1,046,359 in
damages, according to a company pipeline failure investigation
Actually, it was Continue reading Pilot Grove, MO PEPL explosion 2008-08-25 →
Natural gas or oil pipelines are natural enemy targets,
in addition to the way they frequently
blow up on their own.
Why build such hazards when solar power is faster, cheaper,
cleaner, and doesn’t blow up?
Elad Benari wrote for Arutz Sheva 17 January 2014,
Sinai Terrorists Blow Up Natural Gas Pipeline,
Strong explosion rocks central Sinai after explosives were planted beneath the gas pipeline connected to cement factories in the area.
What happens if someone blows up a solar array?
Flying glass, which is bad, but nothing like
blowing up the explosive fuel inside a natural gas or oil pipeline,
not to mention distributed rooftop solar arrays would be very hard
to destroy enough of to match the energy denial of one damaged pipeline.
Gas pipelines in Egypt has been attacked more than a dozen times Continue reading Pipelines as enemy targets →
Almost $1 million PHMSA fine to Williams Transco for
safety regulation violations that let corrosion continue
until a pipeline exploded near Appomattox, Virginia in 2008,
taking out two homes and injuring five people, with local and state governments
footing the bill as usual for the pipeline company failure.
Yet Transco let much the same thing happen again
in 2011 in Marengo
County, Virginia, after which even PHMSA said
“Transco has a history of cathodic protection [corrosion] concerns on other segments.”
The Lynchburg News & Advance wrote 11 August 2009,
Company fined in Appomattox pipeline explosion, Continue reading Williams Transco explosion in Appomattox Virginia 2008-11-14 →
1989 $15 million fine against Spectra for leaking PCBs at 89 pipeline
locations was a record for EPA at that time,
but Pennsylvania topped it a few years later.
Russell E. Eshleman Jr. wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer 15 May 1991,
Pipeline Firm To Pay $218.6 Million For Pcb Contamination Across Pa.,
Texas Eastern Pipeline Corp. has agreed to pay Pennsylvania $18.6
million in penalties and $200 million in cleanup costs for dumping
PCBs at 19 sites across the state, the Casey administration
Texas Eastern is part of Spectra Energy now.
Penn. had asked for even more than it got, so it got enough: Continue reading Spectra fined $18.6 million + $200 million cleanup for PCBs by Pennsylvania in 1991 →
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Three River Estates Property Owners, Inc.
P.O. Box 148
Fort White, FL 32038-0148
Position Statement on Sabal Trail/Spectra Energy Methane Pipeline
The Three River Estates Property Owners (TREPO) Board of Directors
joins with other homeowners and conservation groups in strongly
opposing the placement of the Sabal Trail Methane gas pipeline,
anywhere in the Ichetucknee Springs Basin & Ichetucknee Trace &
surrounding areas. We specifically oppose Continue reading TREPO allies with SpectraBusters and pipeline opponents →