Monday, May 14, 2018

Salem PA: Root Cause Analysis just released!

Salem Update
  • EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS: I have obtained under FOIL a never-before released document in the 2016 Salem, Westmoreland County, PA Texas-Eastern (TETCO) Pipeline rupture, which severely burned James Baker, and destroyed his home.

    Find it here:

    Navigate: Enter Archive -> Salem PA ->  2018-05-07-SalemRootCauseAnalysisPHMSASpectra
  • I have done extensive reporting about the Salem Incident on my blog and on Facebook, including my interview with Helen Baker, James Baker's mom (3,000+ plays).

    The report, titled "Technical Root Cause Analysis of Delmont Line 27 Failure (direct link to the report)" (10/14/2016)  is 115 pages and has lots of technical details, never before published photographs.

  • NOTE WELL: This report was commissioned by Spectra. It is NOT the official PHMSA Pipeline Accident Report. After 2 years, we are still waiting... and waiting...

  • I've just glanced at the report, but I note that I correctly predicted some of the major findings.

    In a series of Facebook comments [1] [2] [3] between May 5, 2016 and July 21, 2016,
    I suggested the root cause would include certain factors, including:

    • Corrosion caused by wet conditions: creekbed, visible water seeps, and drainage
    • Corrosion caused by the presence of surface salt (chlorides)
    • Cathodic Protection failures

    (I identified other critical factors, such as close proximity to the upstream compressor @ Delmont, based on original research documented elsewhere on my blog).

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