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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:38 PM

Community reacts to Keystone leak - all connected downstream

http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/Community-reacts-to-Keystone-Pipeline-leak-near-Freeman--374558521.html


Howard area rancher Mike Sibson said, "It took a farmer, or somebody with eyes to detect the leak. We were told that the technology was so good and precise, it would be detected by the system before a landowner would even see a leak."

"We have layers to our leak detection system. Some of that is alert landowners, which is why there's so much effort to put in the public awareness programs that we have. There's also our high-tech oil control center," Howard said.

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Yankton Sioux Tribe treaty committee chair Faith Spotted Eagle is saddened to hear about a leak on the land of her ancestors.

"Right away, my heart sunk because we knew this was going this happen, the landowners, the tribes, the grassroots people. We're all working together on this because this is our land, no matter who has deed on it, it's all connected down stream," Faith Spotted Eagle said.



http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/05/transcanada-shuts-keystone-pipeline-over-leak-we-dont-know-where-its-coming

Still, the TransCanada representative assured the public that the company has in place “layers to our leak detection system” and that alert landowners are only part of the equation, the other being “our high tech oil control center.” During the South Dakota Public Utility Commission meetings Spotted Eagle and other Keystone XL opponents from several Dakota/Lakota tribes and South Dakota landowners were reassured repeatedly by TransCanada officials that the oil control center would immediately catch any leaks.

“Their hotshot computer system did not detect the spill,” Spotted Eagle wrote on Facebook while posting a photo of herself with the Simpson family, the ranchers who discovered the spill. “Our worst fears have been realized. They are still investigating…. Haven't isolated the leak. STOP DAKOTA ACCESS NOW.”

Elizabeth Lone Eagle, an official intervener for the state of South Dakota, scoffed at TransCanada’s early reports that only 187 gallons of oil were spilled. She noted the spill’s close proximity to the James and Missouri rivers and worried that the “groundwater contamination is heading to Yankton, Vermillion, Sioux City... all the way down.”

During the South Dakota PUC hearings, Lone Eagle was unable to get a TransCanada spokesperson to admit that her community of Bridger on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation was actually a human habitation; the spokesperson simply refused, citing reasons of “Homeland Security.” Due to its proximity to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, admitting that her community existed would have incurred greater costs and safety measures to the project.




So, basically people in the area are expected to act as unpaid 'spotters' for leaks and why add additional safety measures since they won't even acknowledge certain communities exist there.

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Reply Community reacts to Keystone leak - all connected downstream (Original post)
suffragette Apr 2016 OP
tblue37 Apr 2016 #1
Rebkeh Apr 2016 #2
gratuitous Apr 2016 #7
Rebkeh Apr 2016 #9
gratuitous Apr 2016 #10
Scuba Apr 2016 #3
Iggo Apr 2016 #20
Scuba Apr 2016 #21
bjo59 Apr 2016 #4
MisterP Apr 2016 #12
immoderate Apr 2016 #5
elljay Apr 2016 #17
jwirr Apr 2016 #6
elljay Apr 2016 #18
jwirr Apr 2016 #25
suffragette Apr 2016 #28
Faux pas Apr 2016 #8
womanofthehills Apr 2016 #11
klook Apr 2016 #22
arikara Apr 2016 #24
womanofthehills Apr 2016 #13
suffragette Apr 2016 #29
chknltl Apr 2016 #14
pansypoo53219 Apr 2016 #15
chknltl Apr 2016 #16
phazed0 Apr 2016 #19
Enthusiast Apr 2016 #23
malaise Apr 2016 #26
suffragette Apr 2016 #27

Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:41 PM

1. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:48 PM

2. There's no reason for this

Just pure, unadulterated greed.

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Response to Rebkeh (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:54 PM

7. What are you saying?!

Greed is the bestest reason of all to do anything.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:56 PM

9. I stand corrected

My bad.

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Response to Rebkeh (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 02:11 PM

10. Well, all righty then

It would have pained me to report you as some kind of commie leftist who hates capitalism for no good reason.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:48 PM

3. Maybe Hillary can get a real reading on this. After all she's tight with the fossil fuel industry .

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:36 PM

20. Maybe she could tell them to Cut It Out.

That'd probably work.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #20)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:38 PM

21. Yeah, like it worked with the banksters.

 

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:49 PM

4. How could anyone have ever thought that there would not be a leak?

There is always something that goes wrong with humans' "fail safe" technology, always. People believe what they want to believe (often based on monetary gain) and then feel betrayed when it all goes wrong. Another example, Fukushima is a gift that will keep on giving for who knows how long into the future as its fallout spreads, year after year throughout the world. Makes you want to nash your teeth and weep at the same time.

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Response to bjo59 (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 03:06 PM

12. it's inherent to techno-utopianism, which is as big an intellectual and ideological heritage in the

US as the Rapture: the newest vaporware is always 100% safe, 10x better and faster than anything that ever came before, it'll make us immortal galaxy-spanning conquerors that can create a whole universe out of cloth

last I heard, Musk's taking his CGI pods to Slovakia

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:52 PM

5. This is so totally nuts...

 

We have technology so we can avoid cannibalizing our habitat! Fundies can not tolerate 'sustainable.'

--imm

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Response to immoderate (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:20 PM

17. You just have to find a way to monetize it!

No point in doing something if rich people can't profit off of it.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:52 PM

6. We often discuss and acknowledge how horribly the natives

were treated in the past. Well wake up - this is not the past but it is the same treatment. Any politician involved in the building of the Keystone Pipeline both here and in Canada needs to be ashamed. They need to take responsibility.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:26 PM

18. They should be, but they won't be. nt

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Response to elljay (Reply #18)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 05:32 PM

25. Yeah, I know.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 03:55 AM

28. Exactly so, jwirr. It's so blatant and vile.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 01:55 PM

8. K N R-ed

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 03:06 PM

11. known for really bad welds - definitely no suprise

“From the start of welding,” the PHMSA wrote in a Sept. 26, 2013, letter (PDF), “TransCanada experienced a high weld rejection rate.” (That is, ultrasonic testing on the welds holding the pipes together determined they were not up to snuff.) “During the first week 26.8 percent of the welds required repairs, 32.0 percent the second week, 72.2 percent the third week, and 45.0 percent the fourth week. On September 25, 2012, TransCanada stopped the Spread 3 welding after 205 of the 425 welds, or 48.2 percent required repairs.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-05-30/the-real-reason-keystone-xl-might-fail

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Response to womanofthehills (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:39 PM

22. How can something with such a high error rate be allowed to go into production??

Infuriating. When it's quality of life & habitat vs. profits, profits win every time.

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Response to womanofthehills (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 05:21 PM

24. Probably using cheap, inferior Chinese steel

The low bid contractor for a major bridge project did that here, and it set it back by a couple of years and the cost is now way over budget. Enbridge would just go ahead and use cheap crappy materials anyhow because there wouldn't be the same oversight as a highly visible bridge. Not to mention that they can afford to buy all the crooked politicians they want.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 03:22 PM

13. When Kinder Morgan wanted to put a carbon dioxide pipeline through my property

they spoke of how great their leak detection system was. But if you research leak detection in these pipleines and check the number of accidents it beyond comprehension. Check out this link (US only) - accidents from 2000 to 2016. Following - list of accidents form one year - 2015.

2015

On January 14, during work to free a trapped inline inspection unit, a leak was discovered on the Evangeline Pipeline, near Cameron Parish, Louisiana. This pipeline had been given a Corrective Action Order in October 2014, due to a number of leaks.[512][513][514]

Also on January 14, a gas pipeline exploded near the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Brandon, Mississippi, creating a sizable crater in the ground and burning 6 acres of vegetation before the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported. The failure was due to a "hard spot" from manufacturing, that already had a repair sleeve on it. There are 788 sleeves on the Index 129 pipeline from Edna, Texas, to Sterlington, Louisiana; and, 726 sleeves on the Index 130 pipeline from Marchand Junction, Louisiana to Kosciusko, Mississippi. Both were built from pipe made in 1952.[515][516][517]

On January 16, a transmission pipeline operated by Kinder Morgan subsidiary Southern Natural Gas had an equipment malfunction in Walthall County, Mississippi.[518]

On January 17, oil from a broken pipeline seeped into the Yellowstone River, and contaminated the water supply 10 miles south of Glendive, Montana. The release was from Bridger Pipeline LLC's 12-inch Poplar line, which can carry 42,000 barrels a day of crude from the Bakken formation and runs from Canada south to Baker, Montana. Bridger Pipeline is a subsidiary of True Cos., a privately held Wyoming-based company. The company said in a statement that the pipeline was shut down within an hour of the leak. About 30,000 gallons of crude was spilled, with about 28,000 gallons of crude being lost.[519][520][521]

On January 21, a petroleum products pipeline in Honolulu, Hawaii ruptured, due to external corrosion, spilling about 42,000 gallons of petroleum product, of which about 22,000 gallons was lost.[522]

On January 21, a crude oil pipeline pump station caught fire northwest of Texas City, Texas. Texas City fire officials said that company officials reported that there had been issues with the pump station over the weekend.[523]

On January 26, a 20-inch ATEX pipeline carrying ethane exploded and burned in Brooke County, West Virginia. Despite snow in the area, five acres of woodlands burned, and 24,000 gallons of ethane were consumed. The fireball melted siding on nearby homes and damaged power lines; it is believed that day’s snowy weather lessened the damage. Initial reports suspect a girth weld failure, with the pipeline being less than two years old. There were no injuries.[524][525]

On January 29, near Bowling Green, Missouri, a rupture in a Rockies Express 42-inch natural gas pipeline blew a 20 by 20-foot crater and forced a six-hour evacuation of 50 families. The rupture occurred in a vacant field a few yards east of Pike County Road 43. Strong winds helped dissipate gas until a temporary cap was put in place.[526] This explosion caused $2,672,345 in property damage and was due to a fault in the pipe's fabrication or construction.[527]

On February 10 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the temperature caused "natural force damage" to a Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline, causing $55,150 worth of property damage.[518]

On February 17, a suspected electrical arc made a hole in a Marathon Petroleum pipeline in Shively, Kentucky, spill about 6,700 gallons of jet fuel. More than 2,500 tons of soil were removed to clean up the area.[528][529]

On February 25, a 26-inch crude oil pipeline in Navarro County near the Town of Dawson, Texas, failed, spill about 50 barrels of crude oil. Near the failure, investigation showed that the pipe had lost about 80% of its thickness, due to external corrosion. This anomaly was not seen in a 2011 test of this pipeline.[530]

On March 2, a Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline leaked due to equipment failure, causing $281,890 of property damage in Marshall, Mississippi.[518]

On March 13 a pipeline Patrol pilot identified an oil sheen on a pond near Tehuacana Creek, Texas which was then linked to a leaking 10 inch petroleum products pipeline. About 50 barrels of diesel fuel were spilled.[531]

On March 20, a pipe owned by Kinder Morgan subsidiary Southern Natural Gas failed in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, and on March 23, another of that subsidiary's pipes failed due to equipment malfunction in Augusta, Georgia, causing $311,785 in property damage.[518]

On April 9, 2 Williams Companies pipelines broke within hours of each other in Marshall County, West Virginia. A 4-inch condensate pipeline broke at 8 pm local time, spilling about 132 barrels of condensate into a creek. Around 10:50 pm local time, a 12-inch gas pipeline ruptured. There was no fire or injuries. Heavy rains were said to be the cause of the failures.[532][533]

On April 13, a Kinder Morgan / Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America pipeline exploded and burned near Borger, Texas. One home was evacuated, but, there were no injuries. The explosion, caused by equipment failure due to environmental cracking, caused $455,000 in property damage.[534]

On April 17, a 12-inch natural gas pipeline near Fresno, California operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Corp was ruptured by a backhoe. The resulting explosion killed 1 person and injured 12 others.[535]

On May 15, Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline leaked in Powell County, Kentucky causing $23,400 in property damage.[536]

On May 19, a Plains All American Pipeline oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach, spilling about 124,000 gallons of crude oil. It is referred to as the Refugio Oil Spill.[537][538][539]

On May 31, a 24-inch natural gas back-up pipeline that runs under the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas ruptured releasing 3.9 million cubic feet of natural gas. The pipeline was not currently in use. No one was injured. A tugboat was damaged.[540][541]

On June 9 in Moorehouse Parish, Louisiana, Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline equipment failed due to environmental cracking and leaked, causing $73,395 in property damage.[518]

On June 10, a 24-inch natural gas pipeline ruptured in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. About 130 individuals were evacuated from their homes. No injuries or damage reported.[542]

Also on June 10, Kinder Morgan's El Paso Natural Gas control/relief equipment failed and leaked in Gray County, Texas.[518]
On June 13, a 42-inch gas gathering pipeline exploded and burned near Cuero, Texas. 7 homes were evacuated for a time, but there were no injuries.[543]

On June 15, Kinder Morgan's Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America equipment failed for unknown causes, with $260,555 of property damage in Marshall, Texas (that area's third documented Kinder Morgan leak).[518]

On June 18, in Victoria Texas, Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline pipe failed due to external corrosion and caused $159,346 in property damage).[518]

On June 22, a truck driver was killed when his rig veered off a highway and broke above ground facilities for a propylene pipeline in Houston, Texas. The highway was closed for several hours while the gas dissipated.[544]

Four workers were hurt on June 25, when a 4-inch gas pipeline exploded at a gas pipeline facility, near White Deer, Texas. 2 of the workers were critically injured. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.[545]

On July 10, a fitting on a 20-inch Plains All American Pipeline crude oil pipeline broke, spilling 4200 gallons of crude oil near Grantfork, Illinois. Much of the crude reached a nearby creek. There were no injuries.[546]

On July 15, two workers were hurt by an explosion, when a bulldozer hit a 4-inch gas pipeline, at an EQT gas compressor station in Worthington, Pennsylvania.[547]

On August 3, two individuals were injured in Falfurrias, Texas when a natural gas pipeline operated by Kinder Morgan ruptured and exploded due to external corrosion, with $191.498 in property damage. Later investigation showed that the pipe split along an ERW seam.[548][549]

On August 7, a natural gas liquids pipeline in Weld County, Colorado burned, after being struck by a third party.[550]


0n August 13, crew working for Colonial Pipeline damaged one of Colonial's lines in Kannapolis, North Carolina, spilling about 6,000 gallons of petroleum product. About 1,000 gallons of product was lost.[551]

On August 13, a natural gas pipeline in Cypress, Texas ruptured and leaked while a contract crew worked in the area. The pipeline was owned by Gulfsouth Pipeline. There were no injuries or immediate damage; residents were evacuated.[552]

On August 26, two maintenance divers were injured while working on a pipeline owned by Boardwalk/Gulf South Pipeline Co. 25 miles offshore of Louisiana when the pipeline ruptured, and the gas ignited.[553]

On September 21, a Colonial Pipeline 32 inch main line was discovered to be leaking in Centreville, Virginia. At least 7,000 gallons of gasoline were spilled, forcing several nearby businesses to close.[554][555]

On October 8, an explosion occurred at a Williams Companies pipeline facility in Gibson, Louisiana. 4 employees were killed, and, one other injured. The cause of the explosion remains unknown.[556][557]

On November 30, about 11,000 gallons of gasoline, butane and propane leaked from a pipeline in eastern Summit County, Utah.[558]

On December 8, a contractor drilled into an 8-inch buried oil line (200 mm) that transports oil from a holding station in Ventura to a Wilmington refinery near Long Beach while setting new poles for Southern California Edison along State Route 118 near Somis that spilled about 7,980 U.S. gallons (190 barrels).[559]



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Response to womanofthehills (Reply #13)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 03:57 AM

29. Wow, thanks for posting such a comprehensive list here.

It goes on and on and on, doesn't it?

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 03:31 PM

14. The leak did not set off alarms...

Last edited Fri Apr 8, 2016, 06:14 PM - Edit history (1)

I was watching RT as this story was breaking yesterday. 16800 gallons loss is the estimate by the pipeline folks. The reporter said that the shut down alarms trip above 2% loss, if this pipeline can handle 23 million barrels per day then this leak was less than 1%. Had the farmer not spotted the probable leak it would be still happening! Btw accdg to the reporter the farmer was 'compensated' for his land loss. He might want to take his well water in for analysis before using it. IMO there should be legislation forcing the pipeline owners to compensate EVERYONE who is affected.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 03:57 PM

15. next double hulled pipelines? it happened near a waterways of course right? RIGHT!

oil=SUICIDE OF HUMANS. idiot parade.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:20 PM

16. kicked for further exposure. nt

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:35 PM

19. Yay Hillary! Go Pipeline!

 

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:51 PM

23. BFD! There is money to be made and jobs to create!

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 05:35 PM

26. When will this greed and madness stop

So whats the point of a fugging homeland without humans - or only certain humans (wink wink) count.

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Response to malaise (Reply #26)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 03:51 AM

27. They don't care about the human or environmental cost

As long as they make their profit.

And the people who have been there the longest - they and the community they've built are nonexistent to them.

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