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CI Boom 2010 to 2011

CI Boom 2010 to 2011

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There are pipelines, carrying dangerous chemicals, under most cities, and in fact the whole country. Statistically, they are safer than transport by rail or truck. But just as airline travel is safer than driving, when there is a disaster, the volume of damage, and number of victims, can be quite large. Investigations find how this or that disaster occurred, and what can be done to improve safety into the future. Unfortunately this guidance on what is needed, to mitigate against history repeating, is often voluntary, and only applies to the institution which experienced the latest disaster incident. Thus we are doomed to have the same thing happen again and again, with other companies in other communities.

Familiar industrial disaster stories are repeated with great rapidity. The only revisions are the names of the communities and companies involved. This is because there is critical infrastructure neglect all over the place, where investigations often find the same kinds of causes, which were responsible for many earlier disasters. Industries involved, and other communities with same kinds of risks, are far too slow to learn from this. We seem doomed to suffer the same kinds of disasters again and again to infinity. They are man made, not deliberate, but severe negligence.

Yes there are laws and regulations, but enforcement is often a joke. Companies produce, buy and sell, store,, transport dangerous chemicals. Local communities are often unaware of the risks until there is a disaster. Regulators also often do not know some time bomb is waiting to explode, until it does so.

Here’s what we learned about this dismal state of affairs 2010 to 2011.
There are pipelines, carrying dangerous chemicals, under most cities, and in fact the whole country. Statistically, they are safer than transport by rail or truck. But just as airline travel is safer than driving, when there is a disaster, the volume of damage, and number of victims, can be quite large. Investigations find how this or that disaster occurred, and what can be done to improve safety into the future. Unfortunately this guidance on what is needed, to mitigate against history repeating, is often voluntary, and only applies to the institution which experienced the latest disaster incident. Thus we are doomed to have the same thing happen again and again, with other companies in other communities.

Familiar industrial disaster stories are repeated with great rapidity. The only revisions are the names of the communities and companies involved. This is because there is critical infrastructure neglect all over the place, where investigations often find the same kinds of causes, which were responsible for many earlier disasters. Industries involved, and other communities with same kinds of risks, are far too slow to learn from this. We seem doomed to suffer the same kinds of disasters again and again to infinity. They are man made, not deliberate, but severe negligence.

Yes there are laws and regulations, but enforcement is often a joke. Companies produce, buy and sell, store,, transport dangerous chemicals. Local communities are often unaware of the risks until there is a disaster. Regulators also often do not know some time bomb is waiting to explode, until it does so.

Here’s what we learned about this dismal state of affairs 2010 to 2011.

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CriticalInfrastructuredisasters 2010 to 2011
2/13/20142/13/20141Critical Infrastructure disasters 2010 to 2011
Here is the main document:http://www.scribd.com/doc/114094060/Indy-Boom
Critical Infrastructure Disasters 2010 to 2011
News etc. digested by
 Alister William Macintyre
CI Boom2010 to 2011
tracks critical infrastructure disasters. What can be done tomitigate such disasters in my main related analysis document.
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Last updated 2014Feb13
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Table of Contents, thru level
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Summary.....................................................................................................................1Notable CI disasters 2010 to 2011......................................................................................22010.....................................................................................................................................52010 New Delhi India radiation incident........................................................................52010 May 18
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 RC = Rancho Cordova CA NTSB Report.............................................5NTSB found PG&E pipe repair and inventory quality problems...........................6PG&E shortcomings illuminated............................................................................7PG&E pledges improvements.................................................................................82010 June 07
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 West Virginia and Texas Gas Explosions.........................................92010 July 26
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 Marshall Mi Oil Spill- $1b damage...................................................92010 July 30
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 LA California Gas Explosion...........................................................102010 Sep 9- San Bruno Ca Gas Pipeline Explosion Fire.............................................102011...................................................................................................................................122011 Feb 9
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 Allentown PA Gas Explosion.............................................................122011 April
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 Leaks invite future Gas Explosions.....................................................122011 July 1
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 Laurel Montana Yellowstone River Oil Spill....................................122011 Aug 25 =PHMSA rulemaking starts...............................................................132011 Aug 30 = NTSB report on San Bruno disaster....................................................13San Bruno Executive Summary............................................................................13San Bruno Probable Cause....................................................................................14San Bruno Investigation Synopsis........................................................................14San Bruno NTSB Safety Recommendations........................................................16New Recommendations........................................................................................16Previously Issued Recommendations...................................................................20Previously Issued Recommendations Classified in This Report..........................222011 Sep 26 Seattle WA...........................................................................................222011 Oct = Denton Tx..............................................................................................222011 Nov
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 New Albany In......................................................................................23Continued in more documents..........................................................................................23
Summary
There are pipelines, carrying dangerous chemicals, under most cities, and in fact thewhole country. Statistically, they are safer than transport by rail or truck. But just as
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CriticalInfrastructuredisasters 2010 to 2011
2/13/20142/13/20142Critical Infrastructure disasters 2010 to 2011
Here is the main document:http://www.scribd.com/doc/114094060/Indy-Boom
airline travel is safer than driving, when there is a disaster, the volume of damage, andnumber of victims, can be quite large. Investigations find how this or that disasteroccurred, and what can be done to improve safety into the future. Unfortunately thisguidance on what is needed, to mitigate against history repeating, isoftenvoluntary, andonly applies to the institution which experienced the latest disaster incident. Thus we aredoomed to have the same thing happen again and again, with other companies in othercommunities.Familiar industrial disaster stories are repeated with great rapidity. The only revisions arethe names of the communities and companies involved. This is because there is criticalinfrastructure neglect all over the place, where investigations often find the same kinds of causes, which were responsible for many earlier disasters. Industries involved, and othercommunities with same kinds of risks, are far too slow to learn from this. We seemdoomed to suffer the same kinds of disasters again and again to infinity. They are manmade, not deliberate, but severe negligence.Yes there are laws and regulations, but enforcement is often a joke. Companies produce,buy and sell, store,, transport dangerous chemicals. Local communities are oftenunaware of the risks until there is a disaster. Regulators also often do not knowsometime bomb is waiting to explode, until it does so.
Here’s what we learned about this dismal state of affairs 2010 to 2011.
6 Tags:San Bruno, NTSB, pipe line spill, radiation, dysfunctional companies, gas explosion,
Notable CI disasters 2010 to 2011
Here is an incident time line section of my notes on Critical Infrastructure (CI) disasters.I collect info about many disasters, see what they have in common, then consider whatimprovements could be made in efforts to mitigate risk of high damage in the next similarincident, or even reduce the frequency in which they occur.
My overall analysis and mitigation evaluation is in a separate “parent”
document, fromthese incident time-line chunks.
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so I kept the original name “Indy Boom” because I first started looking into this topic on
the occasion of a gas explosion which demolished a housing sub-division of Indianapolis.That incidentturned out to be deliberate sabotage for insurance fraud, which is not thetypical cause of these industrial disasters.There seem to be many causes, such as unintentional criminal negligence, a lack of publiceducation to get witnesses to promptly report leak odors and a lack of enforcement of national safety standards for companies mis-managing these dangerous chemicals.
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CriticalInfrastructuredisasters 2010 to 2011
2/13/20142/13/20143Critical Infrastructure disasters 2010 to 2011
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The events, in this time line segment, occurred in: India; USA. Incidents listed hereinclude:
Construction work can damage pipelines unless the lines are carefully andaccurately marked, construction crews trained in recognizing those markings, andin how to protect the fuel line from any damage, and there is proper inspection toidentify any damage, or risk of damage, and get it resolved before that leads to adisaster. Lapses in this safety standard can be found:
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2010 June in West Virginia, 55 miles SW of Pittsburgh.
Counterfeit parts used in Pipeline Repair, can lead to later Pipeline Disasters.
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See Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E),for that happening, as one of thecauses of the 2008 Dec Rancho Cordova (RC) disaster, according to its2010 May NTSB report.
Emergency Response, in name only by the public utility, can make an emergencywith its pipeline much worse, by continuing to provide fuel to the fires.
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See Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), for that happening, with both the2008 Dec Rancho Cordova (RC) and 2010 Sep San Bruno incidents.
Enbridge
 oil spill into the Kalamazoo river.
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2010 July 25 the disaster began. Alarms went off for 17 hours, ignored byEnbridge employees, until local residents phoned to complain. Thecompany sent personnel to investigate, who lacked the tools or training todo anything about it.Until the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, this becamethe most expensive oil pipeline disaster since the US government startedkeeping records in 1968. It has cost $ 1 billion and counting.
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2012 July 10 NTSB report came out.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking
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 see GASLAND movie at start of 2010.
Leaks are called in by witnesses and customers to public utilities, which sendtechnicians to investigate. Sometimes they confirm there is a leak. At this pointthey should immediately inform 911 of the situation they are working on, and putup some kind of warning tape around the leak, so that people in the neighborhood
know there is this situation, so they don’t walk into danger.
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Failure to do this was evident in Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) 2008Dec incident, as reported by 2010 May NTSB report.
Pacific Gas & Electric
 (PG&E) shows up in multiple serious incidents, withan associated record of warnings, which apparently were not heeded in time toavoid the incidents.
 2006 Sep 15 pipeline repair, not done properly, at site of 2008 Dec24 Rancho Cordova CaPG&E disaster.
 2007 Oct 7 identifies flaws in PG&E pipeline repair process, suchas counterfeit parts getting into their inventory.
 2008 May California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) auditedPacific Gas &Electric (PG&E).

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