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This is a very brief post to let the Daily Kos community know about an important pipeline safety bulletin published yesterday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

The PHMSA safety bulletin is entitled:

Integrity Management Lessons Learned from the Marshall, Michigan, Release

The bulletin addresses the July 25, 2010 massive release of heavy sour crude oil from tar sands from Enbridge Line 6B.  

All in #NoXKL Camp will want to take a look at this safety bulletin which discusses the Enbridge deficient operation and stewardship of their own pipeline.   Note that the entire Enbridge spill in Michigan was a completely preventable accident according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The safety bulletin discusses how Enbridge went for 17 hours not understanding that their pipeline had breached from external corrosion and stress cracking caused by a failure of the plastic wrap around the pipeline.  

The notice is interesting and informative reading and the findings of PHMSA should
be incorporated and addressed in environmental organization advocacy on all pipeline-related matters.

For the full notice, see:

7:46 PM PT: Here is EPA Region V's web site on the Enbridge matter....considerable information available there:

Originally posted to LakeSuperior on Wed May 07, 2014 at 06:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots, Motor City Kossacks, and Climate Hawks.

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  •  Pretty good report (4+ / 0-)
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    thomask, LinSea, Glen The Plumber, GwenM

    detailing extensive technical and managerial failures...

    Though it is missing these lessons:
    • Don't build the pipeline in the first place
    • Leave the earth's oil in the ground

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Wed May 07, 2014 at 06:53:02 PM PDT

    •  Those are not lessons in pipeline stewardship (2+ / 0-)
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      BMScott, Dirtandiron

      and they are not any guidance on pipeline safety.

      •  But they're not meant to be (0+ / 0-)

        lessons in pipeline stewardship or guidance on pipeline safety.
        They're just lessons learned. It's a govt report and people like you and me write them with the info they have.

        The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

        by BlueMississippi on Wed May 07, 2014 at 08:43:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I consider this... (4+ / 0-)
          • Don't build the pipeline in the first place
          • Leave the earth's oil in the ground
 ideology and not as legitimate energy, environmental and hydrocarbon stewardship planning and other words, it has nothing to do with realistic, reality-based governance.

          First of all, claiming that anyone has a "lesson learned" from the utterance of that ideology is, itself, a declaration of unreality.  While Josh Fox, Michael Brune and Bill McKibben might think it is a good idea to have a legion of un-questioning followers repeating ideological mantras....that is not what the public wants in governance.

          Achieving progress in greenhouse gas emission reductions isn't served by trying to turn environmental and energy matters into some kind of ideological religion that does not have any thing at all to do with either present or distant future physical realities.  

          Next, for progressive Democrats to achieve progress, they have to first be able to achieve governance as a practical matter.   But a full throat embrace of build no pipelines means not replacing  any pipelines that still operate and pose increasing risks as they age and are still operating.  

          A mantra of "no pipelines" is environmental irresponsible under present circumstances of the use, distribution and transportation of hydrocarbons in the United States and much of the rest of the world.   Democrats can't govern by embracing environmental irresponsibility in pipeline stewardship...which definitely includes pipeline replacements as is presently happening in Michigan.

          A mantra of 'leave it in the ground' that is interpreted as a 100% ban on hydrocarbon exploration and development and use of hydrocarbons as both fuels and feedstocks means ultimate cessation of a considerable portion of all United States industry in several sectors.  

          In doing so, environmentalists who take that position will be interpreted by large portions of the union labor movement in the United States as anti-jobs and the public will interpret such collateral damage and economic dislocation as unworkable proposals from environmentalists acting as ideologues rather than in stewardship and in governance.   Remember, the key to calling the shots on environmental protection and energy stewardship in full participation in governance.  

          However, progressive Democrats who want to run all energy and environmental issues as ideology and politics only in a manner divorced from reality-based stewardship will never get elected for governance, or won't be re-elected if they don't deliver on stewardship while they are in office.

  •  Who has paid the over $1 BILLION for cleanup? (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    We, the taxpayers?

    Has Enbridge paid ANYTHING yet?

    America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

    by dagnome on Wed May 07, 2014 at 07:09:12 PM PDT

  •  Thanks, L S, for this informative link. (1+ / 0-)
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    Very interesting to see this discussion happening among official agencies.

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    by peregrine kate on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:13:43 PM PDT

  •  I am utterly appalled (2+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, LakeSuperior

    at Enbridge's conduct.  My reading is that 81% of the oil spilled was pumped into the pipeline AFTER it was already leaking.

    Thanks for the diary, LS.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Wed May 07, 2014 at 10:37:13 PM PDT

  •  PIPELINES (0+ / 0-)

    Pipelines are organized in accordance with the 1986 Tax Reform Act as Master Limited Partnerships.  They do not pay Federal Corporate Taxes since the Act exempts enterprises organized as MLP’s.   Some of the investors may pay taxes on their dividends.  Pipelines are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has a history of allowing pipeline firms to collect taxes and pocket them as profit.  The Commission and its employees are a revolving door between regulator/regulatee.  
    The public needs to know the following:
    Who are the partners and what is their role and contribution to the MLP?   Who is responsible for the pipeline’s operation and oversight of maintenance, inspections and public safety?
    The public also has the right to know how all 200 pipeline firms are organized, their profits, taxing programs, investor dividends whether from profits and/or new investors, and there overall safety record.
    An Executive and Legislative investigation of all these matters should be undertaken before any approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline or anyother new pipelines are approved.

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