This story, Taxpayer Funded Horror at Standing Rock, came across my desk today. Here's the link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/22/taxpayer-funded-horror-at-standing-rock.html There has to be a better way: to make decisions, to spend scarce tax dollars, to treat each other. This is horrific on so many levels. For those of you concerned that these events or … [Read more...] about Clouded Vision
A little February Friday food for thought. As most of you know, we scan news providers for stories about pipeline safety, pipeline incidents, pipeline regulations, for our listserv. Jaxon Vanderbeken, now a reporter with the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, covered the San Bruno explosion and all of the hearings, lawsuits, and political fallout for the San Francisco Chronicle for years. … [Read more...] about February Friday food for thought
This week we welcome our new Outreach Manager, Kate Blystone. Or we could say we're welcoming her back, since in 2000, she was a college intern for Safe Bellingham, the community organization that preceded the formation of the Pipeline Safety Trust. In her new role, she will respond to requests for assistance from the public, assist with maintaining the Trust’s listservs, … [Read more...] about Welcoming our new Outreach Manager
July 25, 2016 Six years ago today, Line 6b, part of Enbridge's Lakehead Pipeline System, failed in Talmadge Creek, near Marshall, Michigan. It wasn't until six years ago tomorrow, July 26 and three work shifts later that Enbridge's control center and on-site staff figured out that what they had hoped was a column separation causing a pressure change in the pipe was in fact a rupture of the pipe … [Read more...] about Sixth Anniversary Thoughts on the Enbridge Spill in Marshall Michigan; comment opportunity
In July 2011, when the NTSB issued its report on the Enbridge Line 6b spill, it recommended that the Secretary of Transportation audit the spill response plan review program at PHMSA, as it noted some shortcomings in the program. That audit began approximately 2 years after the report was issued, and has yet to be released, as it has been undergoing "internal review" for at least a year. … [Read more...] about PHMSA announces oil spill planning program workshop
The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine this week recommended substantial changes in the rules under which pipeline spill response plans are reviewed and approved, as well as improvements in the type of information made available about various types of crude oil being transported in pipelines. These recommendations were included in the Academies' second report on the risks of … [Read more...] about Surprise! Dilbit really IS different!
Question: When does early bird registration end for the PST conference??? Answer: Tomorrow is the last day to register at early bird rates! Do it today! Rates go up on August 1! The Pipeline Safety Trust's 10th Annual Conference will be held November 19-20 in New Orleans. The conference is a unique venue where operators, regulators, consultants, local governments, environmental groups, … [Read more...] about Conference Sneak Peek! Register Soon! Rates Going up August 1!
What's up with the differences in fines? I just saw that along with the big fine ($1.6 billion) the California PUC levied against PG&E for violations relating to the pipeline failure in San Bruno, they also levied (and a court just upheld) a smaller, but still substantial $14.35 million dollar fine against PG&E for recordkeeping and notification violations relating to a pipeline … [Read more...] about What’s up with the differences in fines?
June 10, 2015 We've just come back from a four day trip to California to participate in a couple of community forums in Contra Costa County, visit with our friends in the city of San Bruno, meet some staffers in the Gas Safety Division at the CPUC, and research a report we're writing for the community of Alamo about the liquid products line in their midst and how to improve safety … [Read more...] about Coming Back to Bellingham
Our question this time comes from a resident of Santa Barbara and relates to the oil spill last month from an onshore pipeline that failed, allowing crude oil to reach the ocean. Question of the week: It would be very helpful for us here in Santa Barbara if you could answer some of our questions. One of the issues in our recent pipeline spill near Santa Barbara is whether there should have … [Read more...] about Valves: Block, remote, automatic – which is best?