Gas Pipeline Shocker
By SHARON THEIMER (AP)
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.