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?
No domestic need for the fracked methane, which Spectra Energy’s CEO
has said it wants to export; no insurance despite Spectra’s track record
of safety violations; environmental destruction of water and soil:
for these and other reasons SpectraBusters, Inc.
has filed a motion to intervene with all three parts of the
fracked methane pipeline project including Sabal Trail,
using a form of filing that other groups could copy.
How can eminent domain be conferred on Sabal Trail, where there is
no benefit to the public, there is zero provision for disaster
accountability, and no real attempt at a real environmental impact
study? Along with the EPA, a taxpayer funded agency, we’d like
answers to these questions that we have posed to FERC for the past
Apparently Williams Company’s Atlantic Sunrise
pipeline wasn’t enough to push Marcellus Shale fracked methane through
Transco to Sabal Trail: Spectra Energy has bought directly into that action
through yet another Pennsylvania pipeline.
Princeton, New Jersey, resolved to ask FERC to reject Williams Transco’s
current plan for a 42-inch pipeline.
This week, U.S. Congress and Senate members from New Jersey
asked FERC to “review all safety issues”.
This is all partly because a Transco contractor was involved in
an explosion in March.
Spectra was the “probable cause” of the 1994 Durham Woods, NJ pipeline
explosion and fire,
according to NTSB.
Seems like time for some town around here to ask FERC to reject
the Sabal Trail pipeline, and for Congressmen and Senators to join in.
Would this U.S. Court of Appeals ruling mean FERC needs to
consider the cumulative effects of the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline
on the same properties as the existing SONAT pipeline?
And what about those
LNG export authorizations FERC has repeatedly
claimed it knows nothing about?
And how can FERC justify that project at all, given that
solar power is faster, cheaper, and far less environmentally damaging?
Regulators violated federal law by not considering the cumulative
environmental impacts of multiple upgrades to a natural gas pipeline
that runs from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, a
federal appeals court
said on Friday.
Three environmental groups argued the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) should not have been allowed to conduct an
environmental review for one expansion project on the Tennessee Gas
Pipeline without considering three other proposed upgrades on the
last week, Ewing, NJ,
20 years ago, Edison, NJ:
methane explosions that destroyed buildings and killed at least one person,
according to investigors or local officials apparently caused by gas company.
This is one downside to
the fracked “natural” gas industry’s answer to
cold weather in the U.S. northeast.
“It’s a tragedy of the worst kind,’ Mayor de Blasio says Wednesday
near Park Ave. and E. 116th St. Up to 10 people were still missing
from the two buildings that contained 15 apartments, Absolute Piano
and Spanish Christian Church, an NYPD source said. One of the
victims was identified by sources as Griselde Camacho, 44, who lived
at 1644 Park Ave.”
Nobody knows for sure the cause, but it appears to be gas:
“There was no warning in advance,” said Mayor de Blasio,
who added that the cause of the blast that also flattened 1646 Park
Ave. appears to be a gas leak.
Children running naked into the flaming night of a Spectra pipeline fireball,
thousands evacuated, hundreds made homeless, some burnt or “felled by smoke”,
one woman literally scared to death,
all caused by corrosion in a dent Spectra knew about years before,
and NTSB says it’s up to local governments to make pipeline companies
prevent it happening again.
A natural gas pipeline explosion that awestruck witnesses compared
to a blinding, scorching nuclear blast turned a neighborhood in the
central New Jersey town of Edison early yesterday into a war zone of
flames, panic and chaos.
Local resident jseaton uploaded to YouTube 15 May 2006,
Edison Natural Gas Explosion – Durham Woods:
“This is my video footage of the gas pipeline explosion in Edison NJ
(March 1994). This was taken while trying to evacuate the Durham
Woods apartment complex”
Central New Jersey last week, Alabama, Georgia, or Florida next year,
under the Chattahoochee, the Flint, the Withlacoochee, the Suwannee,
the Santa Fe, or the Ichetucknee River?
Both Spectra and Williams Transco have pipelines under the Raritan River,
and they want pipelines under our rivers.
The Fire Department and PSE&G are currently working on a ruptured
gas line which runs under the Raritan River.
Due to a ruptured gas line in the vicinity of the Raritan River,
portions of Johnson Drive will be closed to traffic. Expect delays
and/or possible detours.
The New Brunswick Fire Department and PSE&G
are on scene and are not requiring any evacuations at this time.
There is no need for evacuation at this time. There is a strong odor
of natural gas in the area.