Pipeline maps related documents
Comments of Debra Peetz re New Jersey - New York Expansion Project under CP11-56.
20111102-0007 FERC PDF (Unofficial) 11/02/2011(including 1,151 pounds of volatile organic compounds). coating a fertile agricultural, fishing and hunting region with potentially toxic industrial gear oil. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued two Notices of Violation. Nearby landowners reported to FERC a total of 43 additional shutdowns and/or blowdowns at the same compressor station between August 2009 and June 2011. ~ According to The Vancouver Sun, Spectra Energy's Pine River natural gas processing plant is the top polluter in British Columbia, discharging 1.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollutants. The company's Fort Nelson gas plant was ranked the 3polluter in BC.4. Pipeline regulation and oversight In America is sorely inadequate. .Spectra is excluded from regulations of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. ~ Fear of an explosion from this 30" high pressure pipeline is well placed. Nationwide, pipeline accidents . result in, on average, a death every 3 weeks, and injuries or burns more than once a week. Before 2002, there wss no federal regulation of pipelines. Nationwide, there are roughly 2.5 million miles of pipeline; of these, PHMSA hss jurisdiction over just 174,000 miles of interstate lines. Just 7% of pipelines are subject to mandatory inspection. Where inspection is mandatory, it is required only once every 7 years; in areas of high concern, it may be once every 4 yearn. ~ There are only 88 auditors nationwide, who primarily review industry~upplied reports and do occasional field inspections. PHMSA reports 800-900 annual field inspections, or roughly just 10 per inspector. ~ A senate bill calling for 40 additional inspectors and doubling the maximum fine, introduced after the San Bruno explosion. died in session. Tighter regulations are unlikely to pass under the current Congress. ~ The inadequacy and inaccuracy of pipeline maps nationwide has been well documented. ~ Steel pipes, such as the type suggested for the NJ-NY Expansion Project, corrode from moisture. When a " pipeline loses thickness from corrosion, it is often "derated, meaning that instead of replacing the damaged section, the pressure is lowered. The pressure had been lowered in the pipeline which blew up in Ssn Bruno, CA, but a bsd weld in ths steel pipe could not withstand even that pressure. ~ The principal means of detecting leaks is to search for desiccated grass and trees along the route, a method with obvious drawbacks in the underwater and paved urban areas this pipeline would traveme. ~ "Pigs, sn inspection tool used to examine the interior of a pipeline, are limited by the diameter of the pipeline; when the diameter of a pipeline varies, as with the NJ-NY Expansion Project, the entire length of a pipeline cannot be examined by a pig. 5. The pipeline Is an unnecessary infrastructure expense Intended to enable export. ~ The claim of increased local demand and stable pricing is a false premise. According to the NYS Energy Plan of 2009, "80% of New York St