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 →
The pipeline Sabal Trail wants to connect to,
Williams Transco in Alabama,
blew up in 2011, flaming a hundred feet up,
heard more than 30 miles away,
left a crater more than 50 feet wide,
destroyed 65 acres of trees,
fried five acres of soil into pottery,
and launched a 43-foot pipe section as a missile
that landed 190 feet away.
The cause was never announced.
There was no construction going on, so
could it be corrosion?
Do we want another pipeline like that?
wrote for Bluedaze drilling reform 2 January 2012,
Pictures: Acres of devastation from Williams gas pipeline explosion in Alabama
Williams did some pigging just before this pipeline rupture but they
didn’t receive the pigging results until after the explosion. The
word from the locals in Alabama is that Williams is now frantically
digging up parts of this same pipeline in several different
locations which could indicate the problem is not isolated.Williams
does not have a good track record of pipeline safety.
Jason Cannon wrote for Demopolis Times 3 December 2011,
No cause known in explosion,
A Transco natural gas pipeline ruptured at approximately 3:07 p.m.
Saturday with an explosion that could be heard for more than 30
miles while shooting flames nearly 100 feet in the air for over an
Continue reading A 36-inch pipeline blews up in Alabama →