WHY THE CLAIMED BENEFITS JUST DON’T ADD UP
Claims of economic benefits to host towns just don’t hold up on closer examination.
— View promises made to Northfield, MA, a town that could be host to a compressor station, and how they pan out with further analysis
WHY UTILITY CO-LOCATION IS A PROBLEM
» Transmission Line EMF Interference with Buried Pipeline
» AC Corrosion on cathodic pipelines
» Wisconsin Public Service Commission – Page 5, brief mention of pipelines and power lines not being able to be in same ROW
» Maine Gov. Office of Independence & Security, Page 19 – 23
Section 3.3 ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE
Proof from in the field in Plainfield, MA that they intend to build alongside, not within utility corridors.
PIPELINE RUPTURES & LEAKS
How much impact a pipeline rupture and explosion has is determined by three factors: the diameter of the pipe, the pressure at which it operates and how far apart the shut-off valves are.
Generally, smaller pipes like those on lateral lines running as side branches to the main transmission line run at a lower pressure. The diameter and pressure of the Northeast Energy Direct pipes nearest you can be found in the Resource Report 1, filed by Kinder Morgan with FERC. Pressure in densely populated areas is generally lower than in rural “low consequence” areas, also known as “sacrifice zones”. These zones also have different requirements for the gauge of metal used – the thinnest being in the most rural “Class 1” zones.
How far apart the regulator or shut-down valves are depends on the density of population surrounding the pipeline. This can range from 2-1/2 miles apart in densely populated areas to 10 miles apart in rural areas.
» UPDATE: Company addresses Refugio pipeline explosion
by Chris Ramirez , Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Feb. 15, 2017
» Company Behind DAPL Reported 69 Accidents, Polluting Rivers in 4 States in Last Two Years
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
February 14, 2017
» 176,000-gallon North Dakota pipeline leak wasn’t detected by electronic equipment: The spill caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil to pour into a creek
by James Macpherson, Associated Press
December 12, 2016
Eight Years After a Mercaptan Spill, Residents Call for Evacutation
By Julie Dermansky • August 5, 2016
KTLA Channel 5 News
Natural Gas Likely Cause of Explosion That Rocked Neighborhood, 9 Firefighters Injured
By CNN Wire
March 9, 2016
Oh, and yes. New pipes can also explode.
Rachel Maddow Show, January 27, 2015
»KEN5 Eyewitness News/San Antonio, Texas
Ken 5 Crew Headed Reports Pipeline Explosion Encinal
Marvin Hurst, reporting
October 16, 2015
» If We Allow the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, This is What Could Happen in Peabody
Blog post listing large pipeline explosions on KM pipelines, by Bob Croce of Peabody Citizens United
» The Blast Radius: What Does It Mean for Your Neighborhood?
A very handy guide to determining what the blast radius in your area might be.
» The Trouble with PHMSA (Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)
Washington Journal, C-SPAN
April 27, 2015
» NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines
By Joan Lowy, Associated Press
January 27, 2015
» Noise Nightmare as Algonquin Pipeline Woes Lead to 24-hour Work, Residents relocated as Spectra tries to get pipe out from under the Hudson after its first failed attempt to install it.
by Lanning Taliaferro (Patch Staff) – September 2, 2016
Reader Supported News
Pipelines Leak and the People Who Own Them Lie
By Charles Pierce, Esquire
April 21, 2015
‘Pipelines blow up and people die’
By ELANA SCHOR and ANDREW RESTUCCIA
April 21, 2015
A major gas line explosion injures at least 11 in Northern California
By Scott Smith
April 17, 2015
Dr. SuRu’s Blog
Dear John Oliver
By Dr. Susan Rubin
March 2, 2015
STOP the Pipeline
What FERC Says Should Happen vs What Actually Happens
February 25, 2015
As N.J. pipeline network grows, safety is concern
By James M. O’Neill
February 13, 2015
New Hampshire Union Leader
Kinder Morgan pipeline safety record fuels NH opposition
By Dave Solomon
February 7, 2015
Pipeline explodes in West Virginia
By Faith Gardner
January 20, 2015
Watch the YouTube video
NPR – The Two Way
Traces Of Oil Found In Montana Town’s Water Supply After Spill
By KRISHNADEV CALAMUR
January 20, 2015
MS News Now –
“It was like an atmoic bomb went off”: Neighbors describe pipeline explosion
MSNewsNow.com – Jackson, MS
January 14, 2015
IHS Engineering 360
Methane Leaks to be Targeted as Climate Concern
by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
November 04, 2014
The Columbus Dispatch
No one injured after Ohio pipeline catches fire
By Laura Arenschield
October 29, 2014
WEST VIRGINIA – Gas Pipeline Explosion and Fire, Dec. 2012
This pipeline was a 20″ transmission line. If built at 30″, the capacity of the NE pipeline would be 2.25 times MORE gas than this at the same pressure; if 36″ it would be 3.25 times more.
(Please pardon the occasional colorful language of the young men who came across this on their road-trip. Thanks to Stu Besnoff of Alpine Solar for the capacity difference calculations).
Gas explosion causes massive fire in Sissonville, WV
Four homes were destroyed and five others were damaged when the 20-inch gas line exploded, shooting flames 80 to 90 feet in the air, Tomblin said. The blast destroyed an 800-foot section of road on both sides of Interstate 77 between the 112 and 114 mile markers.
» Try out this disturbing yet highly informative, interactive time-line of energy industry accidents, including pipeline accidents marked with yellow tabs, just from Jan. 2013 until the present. Links to stories explaining each one.
Almost 8,000 pipeline accidents (gas and oil) since 1986 to end of May 2013.
KANSAS-Pipeline Spills 1,300 Gallons And Kills Crops
June 24, 2014
OLPE, Kan. (AP) — A Thursday pipeline spill near Olpe has caused acres of damage to surrounding vegetation. However, people are not a risk. Crews are still cleaning up five days after a pipeline spilled just north of Olpe near the Panhandle Eastern’s Plant.”It was a bad spill. It was a bad situation,” says Brian Rees, Lyon County Extensions Office Agricultural Department.”We haven’t had a pipeline spill like this in Kansas as far as the 1980’s which is as far back as out digital records go,” says Sarah Belfry with Kansas Department of Health.
MINNESOTA – Northwestern Minnesota gas pipeline explosion ‘It was hell on earth’
May 26, 2014
Fred and Julie Nicholls woke up early Monday morning in far northwestern Minnesota to a loud booming sound and the feeling of their house shaking. His home is about a mile away from where an underground natural gas pipeline ruptured, causing an explosion and large fire at 6:25 a.m. about three miles northwest of Warren in rural Marshall County.
READ MORE …
The Atlantic – Nevada
Looking for Answers in a Town Known for Leukemia
By SIERRA CRANE-MURDOCH
April 5, 2014
Drilling vs. the American Dream: Fracking impacts on property rights and home values
March 14, 2014
KENTUCKY – Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Levels Homes in Kentucky
February 13, 2014
“The 30-inch natural gas pipeline was about 100 feet from Highway 76 and buried 30 feet underground. When it exploded, large rocks and sections of pipeline flew into the air. A 60-foot crater was left behind.”
… READ MORE
Broken Trust: Victims of Pipeline Spills Tell Their Stories
DESMOGBLOG.COM, by July Dermansky, Tue, 2013-12-17
Evaluating pipeline safety is the business of engineers and scientists, but evaluating the human cost of transporting hazardous materials near people’s homes is best left to those who’ve experienced the fallout.
Homeowners shared their experiences with industry insiders at the New Orleans Pipeline Safety Trust conference in New Orleans late last month.
READ MORE …
— INDUSTRY PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION —
— COMPRESSOR STATIONS —
PENNSYLVANIA – Lycoming Co., company tour of compressor station
PENNSYLVANIA – Observation of the Button Road Compressor station, with FLIR camera
PENNSYLVANIA – Living with a compressor station, 2012
WYOMING – Compressor station fire and explosion, 2011
PENNSYLVANIA – Video presentation on hazards of compressor stations
— PIGGING OPERATIONS —
Industry Demonstration of How it’s Supposed to Work
Some examples of actual pigging operations
JUST A GLIMPSE INTO THE PROBLEMS WITH FRACK DRILLING, TOO
The Legal Edition
Atty. Mary Kay Elloian along with guest, Atty. John Rumpler of Environment America, examines the hazards and legal loopholes associated with fracking and oil and gas distribution in the US.
NORTH DAKOTA – Fracking Well Blowout Causes Oil and Chemical Wastewater Spill in North Dakota
February 17, 2014
“The well lost control after a blowout preventer failed, and began leaking between 50 and 70 barrels (2,100 to 2,940 gallons) per day of fracking fluid” … READ MORE
PENNSYLVANIA – Fracking hell? Photo series follows families who say their lives and communities have been destroyed by the industry
The Marcellus Shale Documentary project documents offers a stunning look at how these fracking operations have impacted the communities, and offer a glimpse of how they have changed communities for better and worse. … READ MORE
GASLAND – 2010 documentary on the impacts of fracking across the country
New Haven Register
Brookfield homeowner fears sound waves may harm natural gas pipelines
By Luther Turmelle
June 14, 2012