Monday, September 25, 2017

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

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From: William Huston <>
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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be happy and free from suffering :)
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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

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