Friday, May 26, 2017

Call from Vestal PD re: Bomb Trucks


Officer Berkhart, Vestal PD phone call concerning the language on my blog post about 100x new "Bomb Trucks" with a payload of 12 tons of methane traveling on Vestal Roads.

Wait, he's worried about my language? But not about the public safety hazard of these trucks?

https://archive.org/details/OfficerBerkhartVestalPolice052617BombTrucks


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

successful action at Trump nominees Senate confirmation hearing!



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ted Glick (Ind.Pol) <indpol@igc.org>
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Subject: successful action at Trump nominees Senate confirmation hearing!
To:  


 

Way to go, Lee and others!

 

Please spread word widely:

 

Lee Stewart locks down to a hearing room chair and was roughly arrested while yelling "FERC is killing Pennsylvanians!"

"FERC is an arm of the oil and gas industries," said Lee Stewart, an organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy and one of those arrested in the hearing room. "Their rubber-stamping of fracked gas permits disregards the harms such projects inflict on communities, towns, and the climate. Because of the great violence FERC inflicts on the world, it's important to do everything possible to stop or delay them. Until FERC is replaced with an agency dedicated to a just transition off fossil fuels and to an exploitation-free energy system based on localized, renewable energy, business as usual is unacceptable."

BXE and allies successfully disrupted the #SenateENR hearing for new #FERC commissioners. All new appointees must be blocked in order to prevent a permit-issuing quorum from being restored.

Please Donate to help #ResistFERC as our coalition fights to prevent a 'federal' fossil fuel regime from becoming fully functional again: http://bit.ly/VacateFERC

#NoNewCommissioners
#RubberStampRebellion #NoNewPermits #NoPipelines #NoMorePipelines #NoLNG #NoLNGexports

Videos:
https://archive.org/details/201705251035311
https://archive.org/details/201705251043491
https://archive.org/details/201705251036531

 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Virtual Transmission Lines

I know this group is about pipelines, but this seems related and some of you may be interested in knowing this.

A group of investigators (including myself) have uncovered a brand new type of interstate commerce in natural gas. A privately held company called XNG is taking gas by trucks from production fields in NE Pennsylvania and trucking it 130 miles and injecting it onto the Iroquois Pipeline. It is literally a virtual transmission line using trucks. 

This required space age materials. A company called Hexagon Composites based in Norway has engineered a new type of CNG transport, which they call the Titan XL. The use carbon fiber containers, similar to how rocket motors are contained, and shipping gas at 3,600 psi. 12 tons of methane per trailer! Each trailer costs $500k USD. 

XNG told everyone their business model was shipping gas from the pipeline to local customers. 

And while this is happening to a small degree, they have just started in mid Feb'17 a massive new operation to ship 100x trucks per day along the same route that the Constitution Pipeline would have taken from Susquehanna County PA to the Manheim station in Herkimer Co NY.

These trailers are also 40' ISO intermodal shipping containers, so they can be shipped by truck, train, or boat. They can also be used for storage.

The evil genius here is that while FERC natural gas facilities must go through a lengthy environmental review, which can take years, and allow citizen groups to organize around and delay and sometimes kill the project entirely....

These new virtual pipelines are so new, there is no regulator scheme in place. FERC says its non jurisdictional. US DOT/PHMSA has no special regs for these heavy HAZMAT 1971 vehicles. At the state level, the NY PSC says "nonjurisdictional". The NYS DEC looks the other way. So does the state DOT. 

There is no EIS for this massive operation at either the federal level under NEPA, or at the NY State level under SEQRA. 

Also a pipe in a ground has a fixed route forever. These "Bomb Trucks" can change routes instantly. Also they are STEALTH. They look like ordinary box trailers, not like a traditional tanker. So unless you are astute and notice the DOT 1971 placard, these trucks are indistinguishable from any other 40' box trailer. 

In addition to the brand new, 3 month old XNG virtual transmission line, there are two new proposed facilities nearby, a Pentagon Energy site in New Milford PA, with 8 compressors, and a new site in at the Town of Fenton, Broome County NY, near Binghamton where I live, with 12 compressor engines. The present XNG site in Forest Lake is servicing around 100 trucks/day with only one of two compressors operational.

In sum:
* This is brand new activity
* High tech trailers transporting 12 tons of methane.
* Totally unregulated
* Might be used for export
* Being done nearly in secret, no chance for communites to organize opposition
* Extremely rapid expansion
* Stealth trucks don't look like tankers
* This was literally just exposed in the past 2 weeks, so no one is writing about "virtual transmission lines".

Watch for a virtual transmission line coming soon to YOUR town! 

BH





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Re: Urgent! 911! Fenton (& Vestal) Bomb Trucks! RALLY Tue @ 5:30 (bring signs!)

Just a quick update. It's NOT GOOD.

Town of Fenton ZBA first approved a small site variance.

Then the Planning Board unanimously approved (with one abstention) the site plan for the MONSTEROUS 12-Compressor "Bomb Truck" terminal, despite objections and safety concerns of the community, the School Board, and the Supervisor for the Town of Port DIckenson.

They determined this was a Type-II SEQR action, so trivial as to not require any environmental review (except for filling out a short form).

This is VERY BAD for ALL NY, because these trucks can go anywhere.
One rep from the company admitted they were doing a "virtual transmission line" exactly like we have observed XNG doing between Forest Lake PA and Manheim NY, meaning, they take it out from one pipe, and inject it into another.
He could not name ONE local customer for this gas, despite saying delivering to local customers was their primary business model.

There is NO REGULATION WHATSOEVER of this facility, other than town and county zoning and planning, which all signed off on the project.

  • NYS DEC:NO REGULATION
  • NYS DOT: No special regulation
  • FERC: no regulation (despite clear jurisdiction under Natural Gas Act)
  • PHMSA / Federal DOT: no special regulation
  • NO federal environmental review under National Environmental Policy Act
  • NO NY State environmental review under SEQRA.
Have a nice day.

So Industry has found a way to ship 650k MCF/day WITHOUT A PIPELINE! And without ANY REGULATION and without ANY PUBLIC HEARINGS!!!

This guy BRAGS about being "unregulated"!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCb_siJNuFY

Friends, if you know any attorneys willing to take this on, we have 60 days to file a legal challenge.

This is very very very very bad.....

If you have any ideas, or can assist review of the paperwork, please call or email me.

Thanks,
BH









On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 9:48 PM, William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com> wrote:


Friends, these Bomb Trucks are a REALLY BIG DEAL.
They are building Pipelines now WITH TRUCKS,
and there is almost NO REGULATION!

Industry guy BRAGS this mode of transport is Unregulated:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCb_siJNuFY

This will impact ALL NEW YORKERS!

These sites are being billed as for local businesses,
but these trucks are SHIPPING CONTAINERS, so is potentially
a site for North American EXPORT.

Urgent that YOU attend a rally!
before the Town of Fenton meeting of Zoning Board (6pm)
and Planning Board (7pm)

  • What: "Stop the Bomb Trucks" Rally for all NY Fractivists!!
  • When: Tuesday 5/22 at 5:30 pm
  • Where: Fenton Town Hall, 44 Park Street Port Crane

BE THERE at 5:30 please for Rally:
Bring Signs!

We need you here:
  • Finger Lakes
  • Otsego County
  • Catskills
  • NGOs!
Please forward. Please call 5 friends!
We have <24 hours.

More info: TinyURL.com/FentonBombTrucks
or: http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2017/05/invasion-of-bomb-trucks-town-of-fenton.html

Video about Fenton Bomb Trucks & Background
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doPVANRTTns

Also please attend the Town of Vestal Board Meeting

What: Town of Vestal Board Meeting
When: 6pm Wed 5/23
Where: 605 Vestal Pkwy W, Vestal, NY 13850
  • Do the Vestal Town Board know about 50-100 Bomb Trucks per day
    on 26, 434, and Old Vestal Road?
  • Has the Fire Chief been briefed on disaster response?
  • Is the "drop yard" at 440 Prentice Road been permitted for bulk storage?
Thanks,
BH 


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Urgent! 911! Fenton (& Vestal) Bomb Trucks! RALLY Tue @ 5:30 (bring signs!)



Friends, these Bomb Trucks are a REALLY BIG DEAL.
They are building Pipelines now WITH TRUCKS,
and there is almost NO REGULATION!
Industry guy BRAGS this mode of transport is Unregulated:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCb_siJNuFY
This will impact ALL NEW YORKERS!

These sites are being billed as for local businesses,
but these trucks are SHIPPING CONTAINERS, so is potentially
a site for North American EXPORT.

Urgent that YOU attend a rally!
before the Town of Fenton meeting of Zoning Board (6pm)
and Planning Board (7pm)

  • What: "Stop the Bomb Trucks" Rally for all NY Fractivists!!
  • When: Tuesday 5/23 at 5:30 pm
  • Where: Fenton Town Hall, 44 Park Street Port Crane

BE THERE at 5:30 please for Rally:
Bring Signs!

We need you here:
  • Finger Lakes
  • Otsego County
  • Catskills
  • NGOs!
Please forward. Please call 5 friends!We have <24 hours.

More info: TinyURL.com/FentonBombTrucksor: http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2017/05/invasion-of-bomb-trucks-town-of-fenton.html

Video about Fenton Bomb Trucks & Background
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doPVANRTTns

Also please attend the Town of Vestal Board Meeting

What: Town of Vestal Board Meeting
When: 6pm Wed 5/24
Where: 605 Vestal Pkwy W, Vestal, NY 13850
  • Do the Vestal Town Board know about 50-100 Bomb Trucks per day
    on 26, 434, and Old Vestal Road?
  • Has the Fire Chief been briefed on disaster response?
  • Is the "drop yard" at 440 Prentice Road been permitted for bulk storage?
Thanks,
BH 


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Eyewitness: XNG Mannheim Facility receiving "Bomb Trucks" from PA

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Kitchen 
Date: Sun, May 21, 2017 at 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: INVASION of the Bomb Trucks! Town of Fenton, Broome County!!
 

I've been following this conversation and, since I leave fairly close to the facility in Manheim, I went out of my way on a couple of trips west recently to check it out. I'm no expert on these matters but will share my observations in hopes that they help clarify some of the issues involved.

There are more than 2 CNG tractor-trailer length trucks arriving and departing from Manheim each hour. My guess is the number is at least double that amount, although I have not parked there for hours at a time and counted.

The trucks arrive, immediately back in and get hooked up to a hose or hoses. The cab disconnects from the trailer, circles around to another area where, I believe, it gets its own tanks refilled with CNG, and then it hooks up to another trailer parked near or next to the one it just delivered, and drives away. Usually the driver comes and goes fairly quickly after spending a little time inside the office building.

I followed trucks as they left and they all take rt. 167 a short distance to 5S, which they take west to Mohawk where they get on 28 south to Richfield Springs. They continue south on 28 alongside Canadaroga Lake, which is as far as I followed them. Based on Kathy Shimberg's observation of constant traffic on rt. 205, it seems logical to surmise that all the trucks travel 28 and 205 with a very short connecting stretch on 80.

I followed the trucks to learn their route and also to try to determine in which directions they were loaded and empty. That was hard to do as they slowed down quite a bit on hills whether they were going north or south. However, I'm pretty sure they arrive at Manheim full and return south empty. With good binoculars I was able to see the pressure gauges with the trailer doors open and the hoses hooked up. The pressure was high when trucks first arrived and much lower after a period of time.

Also I noticed that the undercarriage on the trailers is much more substantial than it is on a normal tractor trailer. One of Bill's links shows that these trailers are very heavy even without a load. That weight, combined with the very long steep climb heading south out of Mohawk, explains why empty trucks were so slow on hills when I followed them.

In the 20 mile stretch that I followed trucks between Manheim and Richfield Springs, I always saw a couple of XNG trucks heading in the opposite direction. The cabs always had XNG on them. Sometimes the trailers did. Occasionally the trailer said Lightstore. Usually the trailers were unlabeled except for the 1971 sign.

When I google "accidents involving trucks carrying compressed natural gas", I don't find a lot. But there was at least one accident that caused an explosion that killed the driver:

https://ngtnews.com/man-killed-in-natural-gas-truck-accident

I assume that an accident involving one of these trucks could be catastrophic. If so, the route these trucks are following, at least in the area I observed them, is insane. The long downhill, with many steep sections, before entering Mohawk from the south is one of the most dangerous stretches for big trucks that I have ever seen. The first warning sign, at the start of the descent, is four miles away. At two miles there is something I've never seen before: an unmanned but, according to the sign, mandatory pull-off for all trucks, buses and cars with trailers. At the pull-off is a stop sign where drivers are suppose to stop and read a large warning sign about the steep grades in the next two miles and the runaway truck ramp on the steepest stretch just before entering congested Mohawk. The road is curvy with very narrow shoulders. Trucks are in low gears but still pumping their brakes. At the pull-off, drivers are suppose to check their brakes. I saw one XNG driver get out and walk around his truck. The others went through the pull-off, but never stopped or got out of their trucks.

I saw some of these trucks go through yellow lights, not use their directional signals and jump the curb with the trailer wheels when cutting a corner too sharp in Little Falls. One of the drivers had to make 5-6 attempts before he was able to back his trailer into the empty off-loading spot at Manheim. Another driver, who had a long line of cars backed up because he was going so slow climbing the hill south of Mohawk, pulled to the right and drove on the narrow shoulder as if it was a slow-traffic lane.

If all these trucks are indeed carrying loads from Pa to Manheim, as appears to be the case, the only reason they are using the I-88, 205, 80, 28, 167 route is to save time, labor costs and fuel costs. If it is determined that this trucking of CNG in NY is acceptable, the state should, at a minimum, mandate that the route be changed so that it is mostly interstate highways: 81, 481 around Syracuse, and the Thruway to Herkimer. The current route is a disaster waiting to happen, especially, but not only, at the bottom of the hill entering Mohawk. I imagine there are other stretches along 205 that are dangerous, too.

Most of us are against this trucking because it represents a further build-out of fracked gas infrastructure that will lock us into a longer period of fossil fuel use. Hopefully we can stop it or throw roadblocks in its way. But the immediate danger that these trucks pose to others on the highway and the communities that they travel through is very real, too. We have just recently become aware of this situation and most people, including city and town officials, are probably completely in the dark. While we can and should go to local meetings and hope to gain local support, it seems to me that this is an issue that should go directly to Cuomo's doorstep. His worst nightmare is probably to have disaster strike after he's been warned publicly to take action but failed to do so.

My niece will be visiting in a few hours and she should be able to show me how to forward some photos and videos I took on my IPad.

(Bill Kitchen)

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

INVASION of the Bomb Trucks! Town of Fenton, Broome County!!

Share this: TinyURL.com/FentonBombTrucks

High-tech "Bomb trucks" carry 12 Tons of Methane at High Pressure

We already have Xpress Natural Gas (XNG)'s facility in Forest Lake, Susquehanna County,PA. As I have documented on my blog, this operation appears to be 8% of the Constitution Pipeline implemented by trucks. tinyurl.com/VestalBombTrucks. This site has only been in operation for three months, and ANOTHER site is planned! Pentagon Energy has a proposed "Mother Station" facility 4x bigger in New Milford, Susquehanna County.

NOW A THIRD in Town of Fenton, near Binghamton!

PLEASE COME!
Fenton Town Hall, 44 Park Street, Port Crane NY.

ZBA meeting (6pm) and Planning Board (7pm) 
This Tuesday 5/23/2017

Rally at 5:30 / Hopefully a Press Conference at 5:45


See also: Eyewitness Report:
XNG Mannheim Facility receiving "Bomb Trucks" from PA

RED ALERT!
INVASION OF THE BOMB TRUCKS!
Need eyes on this!!

Look at the RESIDENTIAL areas this Bomb Trucks will have to travel through:
This site has NO EASY ACCESS to any highway!

TRAFFIC NIGHTMARES!


See also:
New "Bomb Trucks" in Vestal: Question for Electeds/Emergency Management
Friends, these virtual pipelines are a really major thing and it's happening VERY quickly, and there is VIRTUALLY NO REGULATION AT ANY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT!!!

WBNG STORY

http://www.wbng.com/story/35474816/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-proposed-natural-gas-compressor-station

What you need to know about the proposed natural gas compressor station


FENTON (WBNG) -- A natural gas station proposal in the Town of Fenton has some residents and neighboring community members concerned. The project could bring nearly 150 new jobs to the area, but could also impact local parks and schools.
Village of Port Dickinson Mayor Kevin Burke says his constituents are outraged about a new natural gas compressor station that could be going in right on the Port Dickinson-Town of Fenton line.    
It is a Town of Fenton project. If it passes, the company NG Advantage will build a station where trucks can directly fill up with natural gas along the already existing Millennium Pipeline. According to the Town of Fenton Planning Board, the proposed station would be going along the West Service Road. The site is right next to Port Dickinson Community Park. It is also in the flood plain and would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can learn more about the project here:
"There will be these 53-foot tankers coming in and they're saying during the warmer months there will be 50 coming in and 50 going out everyday," said Burke. "In the colder months there will be 100 coming in and 100 coming out everyday."
   
Burke says it is his understanding the trucks would go to and from Oneonta. The Village of Port Dickson has a strict five-ton limit for its roads. The only way trucks could get to and from I-88 would be to loop on the West Service Road back to Chenango Bridge Road, which runs near the Chenango Valley Central School District.

"That West Service Road is really our artery from our Chenango Bridge Elementary, over the bridge of 12A, down the West Service Road, gets us to our primary Port Dickinson building," said Chenango Valley Superintendent David Gill. "Seeing increased traffic on the West Service Road of 50 to 100 tankers is my concern."
Gill said he is also concerned with the chemicals in the pipeline. He and other members of the district will meet with NG Advantage later next week to further discuss the project.
   
Town of Fenton Supervisor David Hamlin says he has met with NG Advantage multiple times last year. NG Advantage says the actual product in the pipeline is nothing like propane and is lighter than air. Though it is a hazardous material, Hamlin says he's confident in the safety standards NG has laid out.
"It is a very professional firm," he said. "I am impressed with the safety measures they have in place. If there is any kind of a leak detected, the entire system shuts down just like that. It can be shut down there. It is going to be manned 24/7. It can be shut down from a remote site and they have very high ratings from OSHA."
Broome County leaders have expressed some concerns. In a 31 page report, the Broome County Department of Planning and Economic Development outlines its findings with the project. It says it would "have significant negative county-wide and intercommunity impacts" citing noise, air quality and transportation concerns.You can read the full report below:
  
NG Advantage says it has already taken steps to ensure quality of life doesn't change for those living near the site.
"We are doing a dedicated noise study," said Gerry Meyers, Chief Operating Officer with NG Advantage. "We did an initial noise study based on the equipment we are putting on the cite and we are going to be significantly lower than the background noise that already exists from the interstate."
You can learn more about NG Advantage here.

Tuesday night the Town of Fenton ZBA Board (6pm) and the Planning Board (7pm) will vote on the project, with both needing a super majority to pass.





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Friday, May 19, 2017

DO NOT weaken SEQRA!

I have already submitted an online form opposing these changes to SEQRA, but I wanted to add a personal note.

SEQRA is a good law. The problem is getting the DEC to even follow the existing law. We opposed the i3 Electronics SPDES permit, which had major problems throughout the process, which we documented here: http//TinyURL.com/StopTheStinkTrucks .

The DEC seemed to act in collusion with industry, and rather than wanting to protect the environment, they actually advocated FOR the permit despite dozens of documented flaws with this process.

To suggest weakening SEQRA any more than it already is, is just unconscionable.

Please DO NOT TOUCH this important law, and ENFORCE THE LAWS which are on the books!

William Huston,
Concerned Citizens of Endicott


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Illegal / dangerous CNG depot in Vestal appears SHUT DOWN!

I have no idea what this depot or truck transfer at 440 Prentice Rd in Vestal was for, or why it's now shut down, or what would prevent it from reopening. 

But we've has lots of people calling DOT, DEC, and the NYS AG's office. So maybe something worked! 

All of the tankers except one are gone, gat locked. This tanker has a big hose on the ground as if it was vented.

Now we need the Otsego County people to keep the pressure up! 

Keep calling DEC, DOT, and the Atty General. 

More info on the Bomb Trucks here:

BH


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Why Bomb Trucks "make sense"

Why shipping CNG in intermodal shipping containers ("bomb trucks") makes sense*, vs LNG.

(* makes sense if you have an industrialist mindset)

TinyURL.com/VestalBombTrucks

You can compress methane to 3,600 psig (240 ATM) and call it CNG. I think of 240 ATM as 240x concentrated. I'm guessing 3,600 psig is reaching practical limits of pressurized vessels. A bomb truck with a 40'ft standard shipping container of CNG (like these Hexagon Lincoln TITAN-XL designed in Norway) holds 12 tons of methane.

Or you can freeze it with cryogenics –260°F which is 600x concentrated. A 40'ft shipping container of LNG holds 20-25 tons. 

But LNG is at least 2 orders of magnitude more complex and expensive than CNG. You spend 100x in capital and incur much higher risks and operational costs for only 2x more gas. 

Add to these $400k in direct subsidies and tax deferments granted to XNG by PA Gov. Wolf.

Add to this the fact these trucks were missing apportioned tags, IFTA, NY HUT, and PA road use tax decals. (Saves money if you don't pay your taxes).

Add to this that FERC denies jurisdiction, so no formal application, no EIS. Also, NY PSC signs-off, so no NY SEQRA EIS. No environment review and no regulation saves money!!!!!

I expect we're going to be seeing much more of these stealth CNG intermodal tankers. 


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