Spectra Energy pipeline (NEXUS Pipeline) explodes burning homes and resident.


Pipeline explosion
Local activists demand reform after Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline explodes
http://www.ohio.com/news/nation/local-activists-demand-reform-after-penn...

Spectra Energy, parent company to the proposed NEXUS pipeline, yesterday had a 30 inch high pressure natural gas pipeline explode burning homes and severely burning one man. The pipeline was inspected within the last three years giving it the all clear. The pipeline is similar in size to the NEXUS pipeline proposed for NorthWest Ohio and Waterville Ohio. The safety setback for a pipeline of this size is 1000 foot radius. The industry has lobbied away any reasonable safety setbacks that would protect the public from this hazard. Its all about dollar and cents with public safety left out of the equation.

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Just because another pipeline, operated by the same company that wants to operate the Nexus Pipeline, burst and burned down one house and damaged another, along with injuring one person, you think the same thing could happen here? Pennsylvania is so far away! And the houses and person are what is called "collateral damage." That's acceptable, right? After all, we NEED the Nexus Pipeline. We have such a shortage of natural gas! And this has caused the prices of natural gas to skyrocket! Right?!

Here's the official response from Spectra Energy when asked about the safety of the Nexus Pipeline project: "Asked whether residents near the Nexus pipeline’s route had cause for concern, Spectra spokesman Arthur Diestel issued this response in an email: 'Spectra Energy personnel are responding to an incident in Salem Township, Penn., on its Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline. Our first concern is for the safety of the community and our employees, and we are cooperating and coordinating with state and local authorities in our response.'” See? Not to worry, Mr I. Gotta LOVE this direct response regarding the "...incident in Salem Township, Penn..." and any concern about the Nexus project.

Currently the ignorant are being lulled by the Oil; & Gas industry. Local Toledo media is raking in millions of ad revenue playing pro industry commercials. Our group has tried repeatedly to get equal time on WSPD warning the public of this coming hazard. Since the flow of money from Oil & Gas WSPD will not talk with us. The industry spends millions to convince the public this is safe when in fact they should be implementing safety setbacks. Its cheaper to fool the public with slick ads then spend the money on land or longer pipeline routes.

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Sorry, double post!

We were told to shut up or quit –Spectra Energy whistleblowers
http://spectrabusters.org/2015/12/01/we-were-told-to-shut-up-or-quit-spe...

The other added, “We were told to shut the fuck up or quit.”

Both men, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, were subcontracted by Spectra and both were terminated from the project this summer. I was introduced to them through FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas), an environmental group that opposes the project, and have spent time talking with both men by phone as well as reviewing audio interviews and emails provided by FANG.

“Like every other company, Spectra gives a tremendous presentation about their commitment to safety, but their actions lack any kind of resolve. No one ever says, ‘Safety’s #2 here,’” said the first inspector. “At every turn when I made a safety suggestion, I was met with monumental resistance from the company on every level.”

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Former inspectors allege safety issues with Spectra pipeline project
http://www.rifuture.org/spectra-safety-allegations.html

“I have had inspectors that have come up to me in the field and have said to me that there is a pipe buried under ground that was not inspected appropriately. And the reason that it was not excavated and inspected is that it cost too much money.”

All pipeline welds are examined with x-rays to make sure they are up to code. After the weld is x-rayed the inspector waits for the film to come back from the lab. “How is it that you have a pipe already buried before you receive the film?” Inspector One asks, noting that he had a tech “receiving the film (on Tuesday) for a pipe buried last Wednesday.”

Spectra has a “has a checkered history of accidents and violations of federal safety rules in the U.S. and Canada dating back decades,” says Dan Christensen writing in the Miami Herald. “Since 2006, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recorded 25 incidents that caused more than $12 million in property damage along Spectra’s main line — the 9,000-mile Texas Eastern Transmission that connects Texas and the Gulf Coast with big urban markets in the Northeast. The causes ranged from equipment failure and incorrect operations to pipe corrosion.”

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So what's the option for cheap reliable energy?

There are also alternative routes which would keep these dangerous pipelines further away from vulnerable homes, businesses, and -- most importantly -- people.

The era of "cheap" energy is behind us. Reasonably priced energy should be available for decades to come from a wide variety of sources. We have the technology necessary to slowly wean the industrialized world away from fossil fuels, and we have enough fossil fuels available to use while this weaning occurs.
One thing stands out clearly in my mind. We should not allow any business or governmental agency to talk about safety as primary, but impede those who would make the delivery of needed energy safer. Safety first should not just be an empty slogan. And if greater safety costs us all a little more, what price is a life lost, or a life altered forever by grievous injury, worth?
Nothing done by human beings is perfect. However, when deaths and injuries are avoidable using common sense measures, denying the use of such measures could make some criminally liable.

How long is the weaning process? What are your preferred non-fossil fuel preferences?

However, it seems to me that allowing American energy policy to be dictated by those in the fossil fuel industries is the ultimate example of having the fox guard the chicken coop! Other nations have done much better than have we. As an example, in a little over 20 years, Sweden has transformed the majority of its energy production from being done using fossil fuels, to being produced using renewable resources and nuclear power. One of the additional benefits of this transition is, that as we use an ever higher percentage of renewable energy sources, we conserve more and more of the fossil fuels to stretch out the number of decades we can still use fossil fuels. And, as technology improves, I see no reason why, in a few more decades, we cannot trend away from traditional nuclear power into what we now know as renewable energy and/or nuclear fusion, which is much more environmentally friendly.
I have no dog in this fight. I really do not care which source of renewable energy works out to be the best. I just know that there is a finite amount -- albeit a much larger amount than alarmists claim -- of fossil fuels available. And I know that environmental concerns about the use of fossil fuels are justifiably high. We can do so much better.
Here's a link to an article about Sweden's transition, what some other European nations are doing, and some of the many renewable sources of energy: http://sandiegofreepress.org/2013/09/sweden-getting-65-of-its-energy-fro...

First North Dakota oil delivered overseas following end to export ban
http://midwestenergynews.com/digests/first-north-dakota-oil-delivered-ov...

OIL AND GAS: A petroleum tanker carrying 175,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota delivers a shipment to the Netherlands, the first of such shipments from the state since Congress lifted the oil export ban in December. (Associated Press)

Oil Tanker Laden With North Dakota Crude Reaches Netherlands
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/oil-tanker-laden-north-dakota-crude-r...

A petroleum tanker laden with 175,000 barrels of North Dakota crude was being offloaded in Europe on Wednesday, the first such overseas shipment of the state's oil since Congress lifted a 40-year ban on crude exports in December.

North Dakota's congressional delegation and industry officials hailed Hess Corp.'s shipment as a milestone that could open more markets in faraway refineries where premium prices are typically fetched based on foreign prices.

"It's a big deal," said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, a trade group that represents about 500 companies working in the oil patch in the western part of the state. "Once you get a barrel to sea, it will fetch a better price."

The ban on crude exports was put in place in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s. It's not immediately clear what impact exporting North Dakota oil will have on prices or production, which is currently pegged at about 1.1 million barrels daily. And environmental groups have said they worry that increased supply by U.S. energy companies will lead to more pollution and higher global emissions.

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Sorry! Another double post.

First of all we need to stop the ban on renewable energy in Ohio.
Kasich calls indefinite freeze of Ohio clean-energy standards ‘unacceptable’
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/09/30/opposition-c...

Many are calling for an energy corridor for these huge high pressure gas pipelines that require setbacks of 1,500 feet to be somewhat safe. Now there is no standard thanks to the Oil & Gas lobby. This is putting Ohioans at risk of death or catastrophic losses. The Oil & Gas lobby doesn't care about you only profits. The NEXUS pipeline has no Ohio end user contracts. This pipeline is over 50% for export to Canada. Do you think this is in America's best interest or for some international investors profits?
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Marcellus Shale Reality Tour Series
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Renewable energy is not yet viable as a whole replacement to fossil fuels. Nuclear energy is.

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fossil fuels we use. That lengthens the transition time, and as time goes on, renewable energy gets ever more practical as technology improves the efficacy of renewable energy.

Conventional, fission-based nuclear poses its own environmental problems. Perhaps you're not worried about the world your progeny inherit, but I am. Where does the nuclear waste go? And what happens with a Chernobyl or a Fukushima disaster? I don't know about you, Mikey, but I'm not going anywhere near either nuclear site myself!
Conventional nuclear power should be limited in its use. Want a nuclear waste site near where you live, Mikey? From what I read, the nuclear material loses most of its radioactivity after about 1000 years of being buried. No problem, right?

Nuclear waste gets stored in deep geological disposal sites. There are several around Europe. Storing them there presents no danger to people thousands of feet up on the surface.

Also nuclear energy produces little waste compared to the energy it produces. It is a highly efficient way to get energy. Renewable energy actually produces more toxic gases in their creation than do nuclear power facilities... this on top of the carbon they need to produce to make them.

You're right it loses it's radiation after 1000 years. But it doesn't take 1000 years for it to become safe to be around. You do realize there's radiation involved in CT scans right?

You cite Fukushima yet not one life was lost due to that. The earthquake and tsunami that caused it however killed almost 20,000.

Most of the navy is nuclear powered and Europe runs solely on nuclear power. It's quite possibly the safest energy we have available.

MikeyA

however. We need a better mix, with less reliance upon fossil fuels. As technology continues to innovate, renewable energy sources become more effective, and less polluting. That's the best direction for the future of our planet.
Some day, we may actually be able to harness power from nuclear fusion (where's the "Doc" when you need him?) and this will all be academic. Mikey, you and I do seem to agree that fossil fuels should, eventually, go the way of the fossils which produce them -- extinction.

storage is a big problem, whether Mikey thinks so or not. Once again, I state, I am not one of those never use nuclear power types. However, the sooner we adjust to other non-fossil energy sources, the less we will have to be concerned with environmental problems, which can lead to environmental disasters. Here's a link to an article from the weather channel about a U.S. nuclear storage facility which is leaking enough radioactive materials to sicken at least 33 workers so far: https://weather.com/news/news/nuclear-waste-leak-continues And here's a direct quote: “This is catastrophic,” former site employee Mike Geffre said soon after the leak was found. “This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history. The double-shell tanks were supposed to be the saviors of all saviors.”

I understand that, in order to produce other forms of energy, there are environmental concerns. Nothing is perfect. But fossil fuels and fission reactors must be minimized. If Germany can do this, why can't we? The only reason I can think of is that Germany has virtually no domestic oil and gas, while the U.S. not only has a huge oil and gas industry, but they lobby our governments to encourage as little to be done as possible to move our nation away from its over-dependency on fossil fuels of any type! And, of course, we have those who wish to sacrifice nothing now, because they would not be alive to face the catastrophes future generations will be forced to deal with. If I had no conscience, I'd feel that way. Me, me, me, me, me, me...

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Germany Could Be a Model for How We’ll Get Power in the Future
The European nation’s energy revolution has made it a leader in replacing nukes and fossil fuels with wind and solar technology.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/climate-change/germany-renewab...

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better all the time. And, switching to more renewable sources of energy now would save us in the long run in so many ways!
It's all a matter of will and priorities. How much do us old folks want to suck out of our economy only to worsen the future for those who will live a much higher percentage of their lives in the future?

Removing all subsidies from all forms of energy production, fossil fuels are by far the most reliable and least costly of all energy sources and it's not even close.

And what would you be saying if oil was over $150.00 a barrel as it was under the oilman POTUS in June of 2008? Still "cheap" at more than triple the current price?

AND...Don't worry about what type of world you leave. Don't worry about pollution. Don't worry about what happens when fossil fuels really are in short supply.
Personally, I know that I'll be dead long before those chickens come home to roost. So, why should I care? I want cheap energy NOW! Let future generations pay! Right?

Are you one of those people who has a bumper sticker on some fancy vehicle saying, "I'm spending my children's inheritance?" I was listening to the radio today, and they were talking about how many senior citizens are taking luxury Mississippi River cruises, that are about double the cost of Caribbean cruises, because many are saying they're spending all of their money, so that there will be nothing left for their progeny -- ha, ha! How empathetic!

expensive soon! Here's the latest [today]: http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-prices-on-may-5-2016-5.
Now, this does NOT mean that petroleum will reach anything close to $150.00 per barrel anytime soon, so you can breathe a sigh of relief. So it's all OK. Just use up all the energy you want. Be as comfortable as possible, for as little cost as possible, BN, without regard for future considerations. If you're old like me, energy shortages and/or massive pollution problems will not be our problems. We'll be dead. Let future generations deal with these things. It's all about me [us]. Right?

Necessity is the mother of invention. Don't doubt that mankind will come up with something to replace fossil fuels that will be cheap and reliable. You have such a distopian view. Tell the thousands of recently unemployed coal industry related workers tough shit, you make energy that's too dirty for our prissy asses.

How many people have died because energy hogs like you insisted upon using fossil fuels which gave us the pollution which gave them cancers? How many people have been employed in the alternative energy industries as jobs were lost in coal? Last I checked, the unemployment rate is about half of what it was at the height of the Great Depression!

But, that's OK, BN. Use up all the energy you can. Leave a worse planet for the future. It's all about me, me, me. Right?

Oh. And you're getting me mixed up with the late Guest Zero, may he rest in peace. HE was the one who predicted that the future would be bleak, and we could find no practical alternatives to fossil fuels, not I. That's why I labeled him as Chicken Little. I am the eternal optimist! I have faith in the talents and abilities of my human peers. I just know we can do better than continue to rely too heavily upon fossil fuels. And the successes in places like Germany prove that alternative fuels are viable, reasonable, and effective. BTW -- The unemployment rate in Germany is lower than it is in the U.S. Guess the switch to alternative energy is not hurting their economy too much.

So let's wait until they are cheaper than coal and petroleum before we go full speed into forcing everyone to stop using them. I'd rather use my money for retirement and vacations than on higher energy costs or higher taxes subsidizing poor nations.

I am not forced. Are you?

Your final sentence says it all: "I'd rather use my money for retirement and vacations than on higher energy costs or higher taxes subsidizing poor nations."

Yes. You couldn't care less about the world you leave our progeny. You NEED your vacations!! BTW -- My energy costs have gone DOWN dramatically in the past few years.

As far as "...subsidizing poor nations," is concerned, only about 1% of the U.S. budget goes to all foreign aid! On average, Americans believe that the U.S. uses 28% of our budget on foreign aid.
Let's say, using the real numbers, we ended all foreign aid. How you gonna take that vacation with your extra 50 bucks, BN?

Bayshore power plant was forced by the EPA regulation change to shut down 3 of 4 generators. The 4th runs on coke from BP.

I care about future generations. I just believe market force not government force should be the only determining factor in what power is available.

I work my ass off 5-6 days a week. Yes, I NEED my vacations. And if my taxes and energy bills were lower I could take more and better vacations.

NO! You don't care about the future. You don't care how much coke pollutes. You don't care about future generations. Look at Flint. That's everybody's future if we only worry about lower utility prices now!

Germany is making the changes to alternative non-fossil and non-nuclear energy, and their unemployment rate is lower than ours. We can do it, too!

energy. It amounts to a little more than 1/2 of 1% of the U.S. budget. So, if we ended all subsidies for alternative energies, you'd probably save about $30.00 more each year, BN.
Consequently, if we do as you want and eliminate all foreign aid and all subsidies for alternative energy, your federal taxes could be slashed by a total of about $80.00 per year, or about 22 cents a day! Try taking a vacation with that amount, BN!
But, I guess, in your mind that's too big a sacrifice for leaving a cleaner, better earth for future Americans!

Report Shows The Oil Industry Benefits From $5.3 Trillion in Subsidies Annually
http://www.politicususa.com/2015/06/09/report-shows-oil-industry-benefit...
From article:
Most Americans should know by now that Republicans despise ‘entitlements’ that they errantly consider is anything Americans receive; even if it is theirs to begin with. They hate the idea of retired Americans receiving their Social Security and Medicare after paying into them their entire working lives, and they hate Americans working at slave-wage jobs receiving nutrition assistance because they earn too little to survive. What they do not hate, and indeed fight ferociously for, are taxpayer-funded entitlements that go to corporations in the form of tax loopholes and particularly entitlements for the oil industry in the form of subsidies.

According to the oil industry, the very idea of ending billions-of-dollars in taxpayer subsidies for the profitable industry is un-American; a position that Republicans embrace with religious passion. However, it is not just Republicans that believe the oil industry deserves to be paid for being a highly-profitable business; the world’s governments are handing outlandish amounts of the population’s money to the industry that is driving the Earth’s climate catastrophe.

In a new and disturbing report from researchers at the International Monetary Fund, the world’s governments are providing subsidies to the highly profitable oil industry to the tune of an astonishing $5.3 trillion in benefits per year. Another way of looking at just how much the world pays the oil industry that bears responsibility for decimating the Earth’s environment; imagine they receive $10 million per minute. That is $10 million every minute, every day, of every month, of every year. Those mind-boggling entitlements have grown over the past couple of decades and are increasing every year.

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on the far right NEVER allow facts to get in the way of their opinions. In addition, too many have a me, me, me, attitude about this thing called life, instead of a we, we, we attitude! Add to this the multi-millions poured into political action -- and outright bribes -- by the oil and gas industries around the world, and its tough to fight for what is clearly right.
Keep it up, Mr. I.!

Yes they always tell us of these subsidies for alternative energy but the facts are Oil & Gas is one of the biggest welfare recipients. They take our money a now are working to extract our energy to export to other countries. In their wake they leave hazardous waste and stolen private property. Water wells are being poisoned with no regulation enforcement. The media is complaisant, raking in advertising profits while not reporting the real news. Here in Toledo we cannot get any coverage from WSPD. Since the industry has been throwing ad money their way they refuse to report our fight in with NEXUS. This is why I can't stand AM radio anymore. Its run as a shill for industry, anything for profits rules.

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Speak truth to power, Mr. I.!

I'm against ALL subsidies. If an industry can't make it on it's own, bye bye

BG Council approves plan for largest solar field in Ohio
http://bgindependentmedia.org/bg-council-approves-plan-for-largest-solar...

Reverse course on Ohio renewable-energy mandates freeze: Ellen Eilers (Opinion)
http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/gov_kasich_and_ohio_l...

Here in Ohio, after months of one-sided hearings, Ohio's Energy Mandates Study Committee issued its report of energy policy recommendations recently. The report included a recommendation that Ohio lawmakers enact an "indefinite freeze" of our state renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. This would mean that the state requirements for gradual increases in cleaner sources of energy and energy efficiency would be dismantled and investments in Ohio's energy future would decline.

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of room in Egypt. And, Ohio's current legislature is full of people who are living there.
I was driving west on Hill Ave. the other day. As I passed the UT Scott Park campus, I viewed the impressive solar array there.

We have many choices in life. We can always do the same old, same old, and let future generations deal with the crises that occur because of this short-sightedness. You and I agree that we should make what are really incremental, barely noticeable changes in energy now, which will avoid all together future crises.
I don't know about you, but I do have insurance. That's what investment in alternative energies is, insurance for a better future. I may never use my insurance, and it is for me now, but I have it there. We will certainly need alternative, non-fossil and non-fissionable energy in the future. Why not invest now and ensure a better future for future generations?
How do we want future generations to view us? What will be our legacy?
Some see this world, and their lives, as me, me, me. We should see it as us, us, us. We're all in this thing called life together, now and for the future.

two previously proposed pipeline projects. The company states that one of the two was canceled for economic reasons. According to official sources, the other was canceled over environmental concerns, although the writer of the article maintains that it was more likely that the second cancellation was because of economic concerns as well. You may read, and decide for yourself: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/05/11/why-kinder-morgan-inc-p...

Are you paying attention Spectra??

Can fracking lead to greater seismic activity? And, is fracking so valuable that it is economically advantageous compared to the potential economic losses associated with a greater number of, and greater severity of, earthquakes? Will other states doing more and more fracking face this issue, including Ohio? Here's a link to the article: https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/fracking-oklahoma-f-word-230000876.html

This is just one more reason to transition to non-fossil energy sources.

Pipeline safety incident rate doubled in past decade http://www.cbc.ca/news/pipeline-safety-incident-rate-doubled-in-past-dec...

Pipelines regulated by the federal government — which include some of the longest lines in the country — have experienced a swell in the number of safety-related incidents over the past decade, documents obtained by CBC News suggest.

In recent months, a spate of oil and gas spills both from train derailments and pipelines have raised questions about what mode of transport is the safest.

The pipeline industry has touted its record as it seeks support for numerous controversial projects across the continent, including TransCanada’s Keystone XL to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway to the B.C. coast.

However, according to figures from a National Energy Board (NEB) data set obtained under access-to-information by CBC, the rate of overall pipeline incidents has doubled since 2000

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