Friday, October 20, 2017

Gas is worse than coal



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Pramilla Malick <stopmcs@gmail.com>
Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Subject: Gas is worse than coal
To:

Lynda asked me to explain my statement so here it goes.
All of the policies being enacted by FERC, Congress, and NGO's including the Clean Power Plan are based on the assertion that gas is cleaner than coal. This is not true at all. Gas is the worst possible source of power both for the climate and public health. While some say gas burns cleaner than coal (I don't think the evidence is clear on this), assuming this is correct, gas requires a vast infrastructure network that spans hundreds sometimes thousands of miles and it leaks at every stage of the process. Fugitive methane has 86 -100 times the GWP as CO2. While some can make the arguments that gas is still cleaner at a leakage rate of under 2% scientists say that gas leaks anywhere from a very conservative 3.6% to what has actually been measured in the atmosphere 10-12%.  This is simply catastrophic for climate change.  From a public health perspective gas emits ultra fine pm. While your body tries to expels larger particles by coughing them out. UFPM penetrates right into the bloodstream leaving the body completely defenseless. 
Moreover most gas now is fracked which means its filled with corrosive biocides, and other chemicals, heat producing radioactive particles etc.
So of the 3 choices coal nuclear and gas..it is the absolute worst.
The reason we have only these 3 choices is because we did not invest in renewables a decade ago when we should of. 
Hydropower is the only renewable power source that can provide reliable baseload power.
Today shutting down a coal or nuclear plant just to have it replaced by gas is utter insanity. Game over for the climate. Game over for human life. Perhaps some microbial life will survive.
We need massive investments in renewable if we want to survive. That's the bottom line. But right now every coal and nuclear plant being shut down IS being replaced by a gas plant.
p

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

[riseup] Security Bulletin

We are trying something new today. Riseup is sending this general security bulletin to all users in the hopes that it will keep all you amazing people safer. Although your Riseup service is not affected by these vulnerabilities, we feel it is important for you to take action in order to protect your devices and your data on other websites.

Contents:

* Adobe Flash Advisory
* Wi-Fi Advisory

Adobe Flash Advisory
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The problem
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Adobe Flash is a plugin for most web browsers that allows the browser to display interactive content such as games and videos. In a new vulnerability announced on Monday, Adobe Flash can be tricked by a website you visit or a document you open to allow a remote attacker to take control of your computer.

Who does this affect?
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The problem exists in all web browsers that have Adobe Flash, on all operating systems. It also affects Microsoft Office.

By combining this vulnerability with others, an attacker can take total control over your computer, read all your data, capture all your login accounts, spy on you through the webcam, and so on.

What can I do to protect myself?
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Disable Adobe Flash immediately. It is a constant source of security holes, and is being discontinued by Adobe.

Until recently, sites like YouTube relied heavily on Adobe Flash. Today, however, you don't need Adobe Flash in order to use most sites with dynamic content or video. Because of this, you should disable or uninstall Flash entirely. If you have some burning reason you need Adobe Flash, you can also upgrade Flash to the new version without the vulnerability.

Disable Flash

* Chrome: Preferences: Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings > Flash > uncheck "Allow sites to run Flash".

* Firefox: Tools: Add-ons > Plugins > Flash > Never Activate.

Uninstall Flash

For instructions on how to uninstall Flash for every browser, see https://www.howtogeek.com/222275/how-to-uninstall-and-disable-flash-in-every-web-browser/

Upgrade Flash

See Adobe's security advisory for instructions on how to get a patched release of Flash https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb17-32.html

More information
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An attack using this vulnerability in Adobe Flash was observed on October 10 by Kaspersky Lab. The vulnerability was being used to infect the victim's computer with the FinFisher malware. The group behind the attack is believed to be BlackOasis, aka NEODYMIUM, which historically focuses on targeted attacks against civil society actors in Turkey. BlackOasis is classified as an "advanced persistent threat" and is believed by many researchers to be a customer of the Gamma Group, a German and UK corporation with along history of surveillance and monitoring of activists.

For further reading, see:

http://www.securityweek.com/middle-east-group-uses-flash-zero-day-deliver-spyware

https://threatpost.com/adobe-patches-flash-zero-day-exploited-by-black-oasis-apt/128467/

https://securelist.com/blackoasis-apt-and-new-targeted-attacks-leveraging-zero-day-exploit/82732/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_Group


Wi-Fi Advisory
===================================================

There is a new class of attacks against Wi-Fi networks. Most Wifi networks these days use a technology called WPA2 to protect the network from eavesdropping. Researchers found a way to break this.

These attacks allow an adversary within Wi-Fi range to read your network traffic and potentially to also send your device nefarious traffic, depending on what device you are using.

Who does this affect?
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Nearly all Wi-Fi devices and operating systems are vulnerable, to varying degrees. This includes nearly all laptops, mobile phones, and Wi-Fi connected devices. In particular, most Android and Linux devices are highly vulnerable.

What is the danger?
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There are many attacks that are made possible with this vulnerability. For example:

* An attacker could read your login username and password if not transmitted using HTTPS (encrypted browser connection). Riseup requires HTTPS on all servers -- but many services do not.

* An attacker could downgrade your secure HTTPS web browser connection to an insecure HTTP connection, depending on the configuration of the server (Riseup servers are protected against this).

* If you click on a link to download a file, an attacker could attach a virus to that file while it was in transit to your device (in some cases).

What can I do to protect myself?
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If you have an Android device, you should disable Wi-Fi and use your telco's data plan whenever possible. When possible, keep Wi-Fi disabled until an update becomes available for your device.

You should update your devices as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are not fixes yet for most operating systems or Wi-Fi access points.

The use of HTTPS is always a good idea, particularly now. We recommend that everyone install the browser extension "HTTPS Everywhere" which will automatically switch your browser to use HTTPS when a website supports it. The new Wi-Fi attack makes it much easier for an attacker to try to downgrade your web browsing to use an insecure connection, and the HTTPS Everywhere extension will prevent this for most popular websites. See https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere to install this extension.

The use of a personal VPN is always a good idea, particularly now. A personal VPN encrypts your traffic to the entire internet, while a corporate VPN just encrypts your traffic to the corporate network. To read more about Riseup's VPN service, see https://riseup.net/vpn

Current update status
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Android: There is no fix yet for Android. Devices with Android 6.0 or later are highly vulnerable.

iOS: No update is available yet.

macOS: No update is available yet.

Windows: Update is available.

Ubuntu and Debian Linux: Security patches are available. Run `sudo apt update; sudo apt upgrade`.

Red Hat Linux and Fedora: No fix yet released. See https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2017-13077 for latest status. You can keep trying to run `sudo yum update` until you see wpa_supplicant get updated.

Access points and home routers: check the website of the manufacturer.

More information
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For an updated list of the state of security patches to client operating systems and AP firmware, see:

https://www.reddit.com/r/KRaCK/comments/76pjf8/krack_megathread_check_back_often_for_updated/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/list-of-firmware-and-driver-updates-for-krack-wpa2-vulnerability/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/here-is-every-patch-for-krack-wi-fi-attack-available-right-now/

For more information on the flaw in WPA2, see:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/severe-flaw-in-wpa2-protocol-leaves-wi-fi-traffic-open-to-eavesdropping/


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Why won't FERC shut down XNG's PA-to-NY "Pipe to Pipe" operation?

Over the past few months, I've been asking attorneys at the Enforcement Division of FERC to make an enforcement action against XNG, Xpress Natural Gas' Bulk, Wholesale, Pipe-to-Pipe CNG "Virtual Pipeline" operation between Forest Lake, Susquehanna County, PA, and Manheim, Herkimer County, NY, which from what I see, is illegal a DOZEN different ways.

We at the Stop the #BombTrucks blog feel that wholesale, bulk interstate commerce in natural gas by #VirtualPipelines is CERTAINLY jurisdiction of Federal Energy Regulatory Comission by a plain reading of the Natural Gas Act.

It may seem strange to look to FERC for help!
Many of us feel FERC is one of the most corrupt government agencies.

However, FERC jurisdiction would require a multi-year Environmental Impact Statement, and HALT XNG: Xpress Natural Gas's illegal "Pipe to Pipe" operation in the meantime.

So why does FERC look they other way?
So far, they have completely ignored the issue.

There are clues in docket# CP14-132, a Petition for Declaratory Ruling by Gulf Oil Limited Partnership to build a small LNG facility in Northeast PA and deliver LNG by truck to customers in New England. (Notice the similarity to XNG's operation, only it's LNG, not CNG).

These clues seem to indicate that XNG's P2P *would* be jurisdictional.

But perhaps more interesting is FERC's process here, for a new business which wants to a) set up shop QUICKLY and b) not have to go through a multi-year EIS (expensive hassle), and not even be guaranteed a positive outcome because of those "damn hippies" (antis) who have gotten so good at killing pipelines. =8^)

Here's the process!

1: Ask FERC, "This is not jurisdictional activity, right?"

2: Write a check for $25,000.

3: After FERC the check clears, FERC declares, "Yes, we agree. This is not jurisdictional activity."

Now here's the really strange thing. I submitted a FOIL request to FERC, which is a really elaborate process! It took weeks for them even to accept it. And I had to argue for it. I asked FERC to show me documents where our friends at XNG had asked FERC for a declaratory ruling on their brand new Pipe-to-Pipe CNG operation.
Their answer: "No such records exist".
Huh? You mean XNG never asked the question? They just ran off and did it?
But why won't FERC issue an enforcement action, when XNG has failed to write a check for $25,000 like Gulf Oil did?
I still don't have an answer yet....
Stay Tuned!
-- Your Humble Editor (BH)

If you want to support my work fighting "Virtual Pipelines",
aka, Type-4 CNG #BombTrucks, then please donate generously
by Paypal:  TinyURL.com/DonateToBillHuston .
I need your support to continue this work!
PS: My friend Ray Kemble REALLY needs your help.
Video pitch: youtube.com/watch?v=ZJJRKfYV9TM




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Saturday, October 7, 2017

XNG #BombTrucks Otsego Co. Forum PRESS, Slides, Video, more

Hi All,

Otsego County Public Informational Session

I have created a Google Drive folder for information regarding Thursday's Otsego County forum on XNG #BombTrucks.
There are two ways to access it:
I have also created a folder in the Virtual Pipelines / #BombTrucks Documents Archive
hosted by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. Here's how to see it:

1: Go to TinyURL.com/VirtualPipelines
2: Navigate to
    Virtual Pipelines -> Operators -> XNG -> Otsego County Forum Oct 5 2017

I'm always adding stuff there, so may want to peruse and see what's there.

Video of Otsego County Event:
The video will be online soon, may take a few days.

Stay in touch!

Social Media:

Facebook page: Stop the #BombTrucks!
https://www.facebook.com/stopthebombtrucks/
(announcements, discussion in comments)

Facebook group: Stop the #BombTrucks
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1399293723483704/
(unmoderated discussion, open to all)

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/StopBombTrucks

Easiest way to join:
Just send an email o this special address: StopTheBombTrucks+subscribe@googlegroups.com


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Binghamton NY

Public Service Mapping / Videography / Research
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NG Advantage draft EIS for Fenton


​To: Rico Biasetti, CEO NG Advantage
CC: Gerry Myers, COO NG Advantage
     David Hamlin, Supervisor, Town of Fenton
     Albert Millus, esq., Counsel, Town of Fenton
    
Tina Fernandez, esq, Counsel, Town of Fenton Planning Board
     Richard Armstrong, Town of Fenton Engineer
     Town of Fenton Planning Board

Dear Mr. Biasetti,

I understand from recent press articles, that NG Advantage will pursue the bulk CNG truck terminal
located in Fenton, NY, that they, the project sponsor will be preparing the Draft EIS for the project.

I have also obtained a copy of the "Projected Review Schedule" under FOIL, which, upon information
and belief, was provided to the Fenton Planning Board by NG Advantage in a closed meeting on 9/14.
(attached)

Unfortunately, I can see that you have not fully grasped Judge Lebous' decision and order, as you are continued
to act in what appears to be BAD FAITH. For example, in the "Projected Review Schedule", we can see that you
have chosen the lead agency to be the Planning Commission, when the judge specifically said this was both unwise,
that a more capable lead-agency should be selected, and that the selection is in the purview of the SEQR process,
and NOT for the Applicant to decide.

We can also see that you have not provided for a public scoping process, and, more insulting, have decided this
would receive a "Negative Declaration" (no environmental impacts). This is patently absurd.

I have prepared the following comments to help guide you through the SEQR process.
This is, in my opinion, some information which will be necessary as you do initial scoping of the
environmental impacts.

SCOPING PROCESS MUST BE PUBLIC, WITH PUBLIC HEARINGS

NY SEQR law requires a public scoping process. I am now a lay-expert on these
trucks, but I do not know everything as I have only been researching this since
mid-May. There MUST be a robust Public Scoping process for potential environmental
impacts so that ALL potentially impacted citizens can participate meaningfully.

REGIONAL IMPACTS MUST BE SCOPED

NY SEQR requires the lead agency to examine all impacts, not just those local to the project.

NG Advantage has continuously asserted throughout this process that all impacts are hyper-local to
the compressor/loading station itself.

For example, the invite-only "Public Sessions" which were in-fact closed to the public. Only residents within
1,000'ft of the fixed facility itself were invited to these NON-PUBLIC sessions.

I was asked to leave under threat of arrest at the first "Open Forum"  at the American Legion, both as a
member of the media, and as a concerned member of the public.

Agents of NG Advantage said the customers of this gas might be as far as 200 miles from the facility.
This is corroborated by the fact you demonstrated a diesel tractor at the above event, which has a longer
range than the CNG tractors used by your competitor, XNG.

As you know, these Type-4 carbon-fiber composite, bulk haul CNG tube trailers are very new.
The earliest permit I can find is for the Hexagon Titan, US DOT SP-14950, first issued 22 February 2012.
I believe this is when the "Virtual Pipeline" market began. The Quantum trailer demonstrated at
your invite-only info-sessions have only been permitted by US DOT (SP-16524) barely 1 year..

Exact nature of your business must be revealed.

A company which is involved in a similar business model, XNG "Xpress Natural Gas" has used fraud and deception.
They told everyone they were involved in local distribution to industrial customers (universities, paper mills,
tomato farms, hospitals, etc).

However we discovered they are in-fact engaged in bulk, wholesale interstate commerce in natural gas,
which is subject to FERC jurisdiction.

Also as you know these trailers are ISO standard intermodal shipping containers. So each of these
"Virtual Pipeline" truck transfer stations are a potential site for US Export. This is subject to DOE and FERC
jurisdiction.

In order to properly determine if you have obtained all required permits, you must make a statement
as to what your business plan is. Are you planning to export this gas? Are you planning on Interstate transport?

At a meeting 31 Jan, 2017, I asked your execs whether you were planning on Pipe-to-Pipe
operations. Gerry Meyers told me "maybe".

This is very different from the public statements you are otherwise making, about delivering
gas to industrial customers who are not on a pipeline.

Routes and Terminii must be revealed at time of scoping


In order to perform an Environmental Impact Statement which properly examines all
impacts of your business, we must know several things:

1: The exact model trailers you are using, and the operating pressure.

2: The Potential Impact Radius of a catastrophic failure of a full trailer, and

3: The routes (and customers) you will be delivering to.

With this information, we can then move the impact radius circle along the route, and assess how many schools,
day care centers, nursing homes, businesses, private residences etc. might be impacted by a catastrophic failure.
We can also look at special hazards, such as bulk storage of HAZMAT materials, at-grade RR crossings, etc.

So far, we have none of this information.


Quantitative Risk Analysis must be performed

Science has a way of determining risk. This is called a QRA.
This MUST be done prior to being permitted.

Exact truck/trailer combo, trailer capacity and pressure, must be revealed

This is necessary to understand the potential impacts of a catastrophic failure.

Necessary safety data either does not exist, or has not been revealed

I have done an exhaustive search in all states where these trailers are presently
in use. I have found NO CASE where either an EIS or a QRA were performed,

Basic information like the PIR (Potential Impact Radius) either does not exist
or is considered proprietary (secret).

As far as I have seen, the protocol used by US DOT is utterly inadequate.
I still have outstanding records request from US DOT, but so far, I have
seen no evidence US DOT or the manufacturer has done real-world destructive
testing of a fully-loaded trailer. (Head-on impact, Side Impact, Diesel fire,
Worst-case explosive scenario -- puncture first, vapor cloud, then ignition).

Potential Impact Radius and possible modes of catastrophic failures must be revealed

This is necassary for both the QRA and the EIS

Bulk, Wholesale, Interstate Transport in Natural Gas Requires FERC Certificate and environmental review under NEPA

XNG is currently using these trailers to do bulk, wholesale, interstate transport of Natural Gas
without a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, as required by the Natural Gas Act.

I have petitioned FERC to take jurisdiction over XNG's operation as is required by law
and issue an enforcement action.

Additionally, any FERC regulated activity, such as exports or interstate commerce, requires
an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

US Export requires FERC and DOE approval.

Natural Gas Act requires both DOE and FERC approval for US Exports. Intent to export
MUST be declared now.

Public Interest must be respected

You have consistantly shown contempt for NY State Laws, and for the public's
ability to participate in the process. This must stop if you think we will
give you a permit to operate here.

If these guidelines are not followed, I am stating my intention
to seek all remedies available to me under law.

Best Regards,
William Huston, Independent Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Investigator
Binghamton, NY


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Important #BombTrucks meeting in Fenton TONIGHT

Tonight, NG Advantage is expected to resubmit to the Planing
Commission, the application for their #BombTrucks terminal in the Town of Fenton.

Gas Shills (Jim Willis, MDN, Vic Furman) are calling out their people.
Fenton people are requesting support.

Note: VENUE CHANGE!

7PM -- But get there early!!!

Port Crane Fire Hall,
844 NY-369, Port Crane, NY 13833




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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Iroquois Pipeline responds to my inquiry


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ruth Parkins <ruth_parkins@iroquois.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 11:51 AM
Subject: RE: Questions about Iroquois event, St. Lawrence County 9/22/17
To: William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com>


Mr. Huston,

The following statement has been issued regarding the incident at Iroquois' facility in Waddington, NY.


Incident at Iroquois' Waddington, NY facility on September 22, 2017

Our well-trained field technicians were performing a maintenance activity at our valve facility located off of RT37 in Waddington when a fire broke out.  They notified our Gas Control Center, who in turn notified Waddington Emergency Responders.  Waddington Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene quickly and as a precautionary measure, they evacuated those within ¼ mile and closed RT 37 to traffic.

The appropriate valves were closed, the fire extinguished and the site was made safe.  The road was reopened at approximately 5:30PM and those evacuated returned to their homes. The safety of our employees and the public are our top priority and we extend our sincere appreciation to all the emergency responders for their assistance and cooperation with this incident.

One employee sustained minor injuries and was later transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

The incident has been reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities.

Any equipment necessary for the safe operation of the facility that could have been impacted by this incident has been tested and made safe.  There was no impact to our customers and gas continues to flow on the line.


Regards,
Ruth


Ruth Parkins
Manager, Public Affairs
Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company
One Corporate Drive, Suite 600
Shelton, CT  06484
203-925-7209 office



From: William Huston [mailto:williamahuston@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 8:43 AM
To: Ruth Parkins <ruth_parkins@iroquois.com>
Cc: Coy, Byron (PHMSA) <Byron.Coy@dot.gov>
Subject: Re: Questions about Iroquois event, St. Lawrence County 9/22/17

Hi Ruth,

Please respond to my questions.

Thanks,
BH

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Ruth,
>
> I just tried to call your office line, left you a VM.
> Tried you cell and no answer.
>
> I am an independent pipeline safety investigator based on Binghamton NY. I have been reporting on pipeline safety issues since 2012 as a pubic interest researcher and Independent Media journalist. I have filed technical comments on several pipeline dockets, as well as a recent PHMSA rulemaking.
>
> I am seeking some basic information about the event which happened yesterday, Friday 9/22/2017, near Rt 37, near Waddington, St. Lawrence County.
>
> For your information, I am CCing Mr. Byron Coy, who is Eastern Region Director for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
>
> Since this was not reported by any news outlet I can find, and there is no information on your website, I want to make sure there is a public record of this event. I called the operations line, and the person who answered referred me to you.
>
> Please provide me the following information:
>
> What exactly happened?
>
> Was there scheduled work on that valve station at the time of the event? What exactly was the nature of the work?
>
> Was there a fire or a release of gas? What volume of gas was released?
>
> Was there property damage? Describe.
>
> Were there evacuations?
>
> What was the actual impact radius?
>
> Were there any injuries? What were the nature of the injuries and the condition of the patient(s)? Name(s) may be redacted.
>
> What was the cause?
>
> Is the problem resolved?
>
> Is the pipeline now or at any time shut-in? Between what hours?
>
> Were your customers impacted?
>
> Was PHMSA and/or NTSB notified?
>
> Was the National Response Center notified? At what time?
> What is the Incident Number?
>
> What is the name of your area manager and the site manager?
>
> What direction was the pipeline flowing at the time of the incident?
>
> What is the location of the nearest upstream compressor station?
>
> Are you presently flowing gas north into Canada?
>
> What is the status of the SoNo project?
>
> Does Iroquois Transmission have any active new projects before FERC? What are the docket numbers?
>
> Why is Iroquois Transmission clearing trees in the Town of Newton Stone Bridge Preserve? Are you planning on building facilities there?
>
> Thank you for your time,
> William Huston
> Binghamton NY
>
>
> --
> --
> May you, and all beings
> be happy and free from suffering :)
> -- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)
>

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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)


Questions about Iroquois event, St. Lawrence County 9/22/17






---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com>
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Subject: Questions about Iroquois event, St. Lawrence County 9/22/17
To: Ruth Parkins, Iroquois Transmission, media relations
Cc: "Coy, Byron (PHMSA)"


Hi Ruth,

I just tried to call your office line, left you a VM.
Tried you cell and no answer.

I am an independent pipeline safety investigator based on Binghamton NY. I have been reporting on pipeline safety issues since 2012 as a pubic interest researcher and Independent Media journalist. I have filed technical comments on several pipeline dockets, as well as a recent PHMSA rulemaking.

I am seeking some basic information about the event which happened yesterday, Friday 9/22/2017, near Rt 37, near Waddington, St. Lawrence County.

For your information, I am CCing Mr. Byron Coy, who is Eastern Region Director for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Since this was not reported by any news outlet I can find, and there is no information on your website, I want to make sure there is a public record of this event. I called the operations line, and the person who answered referred me to you.

Please provide me the following information:

What exactly happened?

Was there scheduled work on that valve station at the time of the event? What exactly was the nature of the work?

Was there a fire or a release of gas? What volume of gas was released?

Was there property damage? Describe.

Were there evacuations?

What was the actual impact radius?

Were there any injuries? What were the nature of the injuries and the condition of the patient(s)? Name(s) may be redacted.

What was the cause?

Is the problem resolved?

Is the pipeline now or at any time shut-in? Between what hours?

Were your customers impacted?

Was PHMSA and/or NTSB notified?

Was the National Response Center notified? At what time?
What is the Incident Number?

What is the name of your area manager and the site manager?

What direction was the pipeline flowing at the time of the incident?

What is the location of the nearest upstream compressor station?

Are you presently flowing gas north into Canada?

What is the status of the SoNo project?

Does Iroquois Transmission have any active new projects before FERC? What are the docket numbers?

Why is Iroquois Transmission clearing trees in the Town of Newton Stone Bridge Preserve? Are you planning on building facilities there?

Thank you for your time,
William Huston
Binghamton NY


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)



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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Holy BLEVE, Batman! France LPG truck explosion (video)


Truck transporting Bottles of LP Gas (LPG) explodes in Chevanceaux, France
Truck transporting Bottles of LP Gas (LPG) explodes in Chevanceaux, France
Truck transporting Bottles of LP Gas (LPG) explodes in Chevanceaux, France
Truck transporting Bottles of LP Gas (LPG) explodes in Chevanceaux, France
Holy BLEVE, Batman!

(Chevanceaux, France): A truck transporting hundreds of small steel tanks of "LP Gas" aka, "Bottle Gas" catches fire, and the tanks start exploding and launching like rocket grenades.


Article in French:
https://www.ouest-france.fr/nouvelle-aquitaine/charente-maritime/charente-maritime-un-camion-transportant-du-gaz-explose-sur-la-n10-5255270

Translate into English

More news:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=nws&q=chevanceaux+explosion+RN10

In the US, LP Gas (a mixture of propane and butane) is commonly used to heat homes, to power camping equipment (lights, cook-stoves, heaters), and is the fuel for BIC cigarette lighters.

Propane & Butane are a gas at standard temp/pressure (25°C / 1 ATM) but under low pressure (100-200 psi), liquefies.

All tanks containing Highly Volatile Liquids -- inc., propane, butane, gasoline, diesel, crude oil, ethane, so-called "Natural Gas Liquids" (NGLs) or "condensate", etc -- are subject to a "boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion", or BLEVE. They are catastrophic explosions which send shrapnel in all directions. Small LP tanks are subject to BLEVE, and even large tanks, like RR tank cars, if exposed to external fire. (cf: BLEVE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_liquid_expanding_vapor_explosion)

Recall that while Arlington Gas Storage-- a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crestwood Equity Partners (formerly, Crestwood Midstream Partners, formerly Inergy, L.P.), recently withdrew their application for a small increase in storage of methane ("natural gas") under Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen ("Gallery-2 Expansion", FERC docket CP13-83) , they still have an active permit with NYS DEC to store 88.2 MILLION GALLONS of LP gas at the same location.

Dramatic videos of Chevanceaux, FR truck explosion:




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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Something is Fishy in the Delaware River Basin




Q: How do you
OPEN UP FRACKING 

in a BRAND NEW AREA,
and get all the Fractivists
to Jump for Joy?
A: Make it look like a ban!


Gov. Cuomo's post on Facebook today.




Friends, something isn't right.

There is significant propaganda being issued now
regarding the "DRBC Ban",
and some of it is coming from unlikely sources.

 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is making claims on Facebook that today
he voted for a permanent ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin
.

THIS IS NOT TRUE

 

The Delaware River Basin Commission today passed a RESOLUTION today (on which Gov. Cuomo holds a seat, along with the governors of DE, NJ, PA, and President Trump) to WRITE RULES (a "rulemaking") which would govern how fracking would occur in the basin.

They pledged to TALK ABOUT language of a prohibition.
They DID NOT PLEDGE to a prohibition in the entire basin.

Many trusted friends in the movement are calling this a "BAN" and jumping for joy.

Friends,
READ THE FINE PRINT.
 
The leak on Thursday to Associated Press (which we believe came from Governor Tom Wolf's office) stated the ban would only be in TWO COUNTIES in the Upper Delaware over the Marcellus, likely Wayne and Pike County.

NEWSFLASH:

There is NO GAS THERE!
as they are South and East of Engelder's "Line of Death".
(line of thermal maturity. Beyond it, the gas is overcooked,



Tiny Blue/Pink dots: Gas Wells.
Blue Dots: Perimeter of Marcellus Shale.
Red: Line of Thermal Maturity
Tan/Yellow: Delaware River Basin (DRB)
Light Blue: NY area with prospects?

Notice the PA drilling stops before we get to the DRB (no gas in Wayne Co).


So what's going on here? HINT: Google "South Newark Shale".



In 2012, a temporary do-nothing ban(*) was enacted (5 years ago), inserted into a late-night budget bill by a couple of PA State Senators (McIlhinney and Mensch) from the wealthy PA Suburbs, seeking reelection brownie points.

(* It was "do nothing" because fracking was already effectively banned in the entire DRBC since 2010).

This temporary ban on fracking in the South Newark Shale
will expire Dec 31, 2017
!
 

WOOT WOOT -- RED ALERT.
RED ALERT!  
POTENTIAL FRACKING ALERT!For the following PA Counties:
Bucks, Montgomery, Berks. 

Bucks County is where the DRBC just met. Huh.
(the scene of the crime)


NOW SUDDENLY, Gov. Wolf leaks to the AP that there will
be a "Ban on fracking in the DRBC" and whispers: (in two counties
where BTW there isn't any gas).

And then Cuomo chimes in that he voted to "ban fracking (permanently)"
(no he didn't!!) and that "Fracking is now banned in the DRB",
like this is the result of his recent vote. (no, it isn't!)

SOMETHING IS FISHY with this DRBC "Ban".
Read the fine print, friends.
Fact check everything.

To demonstrate how effective the propaganda has been,
here's something that a very respected group called
Berks Gas Truth recently released:
"The Associated Press is reporting that the Delaware River Basin Commission will announce its intention to ban fracking tommorow. The plans are to ban fracking in two counties, Wayne and Pike, the only vulnerable counties in the Basin that are also in the Marcellus. In other words, it would effectively ban fracking in the entire basin."
Uh, no it wouldn't. And Berks County is potentially impacted when this new shale basin is opened up.

I am not trying to disparage the good work of any person.
I am only trying to express that there is NO NGO, NO PERSON
who can always be trusted 100% of the time.

Friends, you must try
(to the best of your ability)
to FACT CHECK EVERYTHING.

Even very smart people
with hearts of gold
can get tricked.

BH


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)