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Gas Pipeline Shocker

October 7, 2010

Here is an excerpt from an important article from the Associated Press (October 6, 2010)
Natural gas pipeline crisis plans kept from public


WASHINGTON — The emergency plans for companies operating natural gas pipelines like the one that exploded in San Bruno, Calif., killing eight people and destroying a neighborhood, are effectively off-limits to the public and industry watchdogs because the federal pipeline safety agency doesn’t keep copies in its offices.

The policy of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration means companies can keep their emergency plans hidden from people who might live near natural gas transmission lines. Because the government doesn’t have copies of the plans, the public can’t use the nation’s open records law to request them.

State, city and county officials in California said they do not have copies of the San Bruno pipeline disaster plan, either.

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The following Google Earth Satellite Photo is of the Chillum Road section of Hyattsville that sits near several aging Washington Gas Co. high pressure transmission lines. The company wants to build a huge Liquefied Natural Gas production facility on their property seen in the photo. See the story here.

Washington Gas and MD Public Service Commission: What's the plan? Google Earth Photo


One Comment leave one →
  1. Curtis Gray Jr. permalink
    October 16, 2010 8:28 am

    Washington Gas has over 1 million customers. This number is significantly larger than 30 years ago but they have reduced the field work force to service and repair the gas system by more than 50%. How can this be safe? They also hired a firm to manage many of the companies affairs sending the telephone answering service to India. So when you call in a gas leak you will speaking to a man named Peggy.The name of this company is Ascenture, formerly known as Enron and we all know what they did. The United States Government is Washington Gases single largest customer, I would think that would give them some kind of say in how they are doing or not doing things. We have been trusting the fox to watch the hen house too long.

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