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Re: “Natural gas pipeline ruptures east of I-30 bridge, closing two miles of Arkansas River

As for cleanup concerns, it needs to be determined if radioactive decay exists in that pipeline. Lead & polonium can build up inside the pipe and be released into the environment during a rupture. Further investigation could include when that pipe last had a pipeline inspection gadget (PIG) run through it to clean it out, and quantities of gas that have been diverted into it since then.

Trying to pin the rupture problems on the tug is ludicrous. It seems more likely that Spectra may not have been properly monitoring the stability of the river bed around the pipe, and the swollen river washed out supports, causing the pipeline to shift and rupture. Whether the second pipe is being safely supported should be determined as well.

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Posted by JLS on 06/03/2015 at 7:02 AM

 

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