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Are pipelines safe?

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

Wikipedia lists these pipeline incidents across the United States so far in 2017:


  • On January 7, a Colonial Pipeline stubline leaked gasoline into Shoal Creek, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[605]
  • On January 14, the Ozark Pipeline, an Enbridge, now Marathon, division, spilled about 18,900 gallons of light oil, at the Lawrence Pump Station, near Halltown, Missouri.[606]
  • On January 16, a gas pipeline exploded and burned, near Spearman, Texas. There were no injuries.[607]
  • On January 25, a Magellan pipeline leaked 46,830 gallons (1,115 barrels) of diesel fuel onto private agricultural land, in Worth County, Iowa, near Hanlontown.[608][609]
  • On January 30, a Texas Department of Transportation crew dug into the 30 inch Seaway Pipeline, near Blue Ridge, Texas, spraying crude oil across road. About 210,000 gallons of crude were spilled. There were no injuries.[610][596]
  • On January 31, a DCP pipeline exploded under a runway, at Panola County Airport-Sharpe Field in Texas. There were no injuries, but the airport will shut that runway down for an extended amount of time.[611]
  • On February 10, a Phillips 66 natural gas liquids pipeline (TENDS pipeline Sorrento system)[612] near the Williams-Discovery natural gas plant on US Route 90 near Paradis, Louisiana exploded while being cleaned, killing one worker, and sending another worker to a burn unit. Traffic on US 90 and La 631 was shut down and residents in the area evacuated.[613][614]
  • On February 15, a 36-inch Kinder Morgan gas pipeline exploded and burned in Refugio County, Texas. There were no injuries.[615]
  • On February 27, a crude oil pipeline ruptured in Falls City, Texas. spilling about 42,630 gallons of crude oil. The cause was from internal corrosion.[596]
  • On March 29, a natural-gas leak of a high-pressure pipeline, in Providence, Rhode Island, owned by Spectra Energy, released about 19 million cubic feet of natural gas, or enough natural gas to heat and keep the lights on for 190,000 homes for a single day. Approximately two gallons of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were also released, in the form of contaminated natural gas condensate.[616]
  • On April 4, a pump on the Dakota Access Pipeline spilled about 84 gallons of oil, at a pump station in Tulra, South Dakota. The leak was not noticed until May 9.[617]
  • On April 13 and 14, it was discovered that Energy Transfer Partners spilled drilling fluid into two separate wetlands in rural Ohio while constructing the Rover Pipeline. The spills occurred in wetlands near Richland County, Ohio. The spill on the 13th released 2 million gallons of drilling fluid and the spill on the 14th released approximately 50,000 gallons of drilling fluid.[618][619]
  • On April 21, a Plains All American Pipeline, experienced a crude oil release on the Buffalo Pipeline, near Loyal, Oklahoma. About 19,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled.[620]
  • On April 22, a 1,050-gallon oil pipeline spill near Bismarck, North Dakota polluted a tributary of the Little Missouri River, but was prevented from flowing into the larger waterway.[621]
  • On May 8, a Wood River Pipelines (part of Koch Industries) line broke in Warrensburg, Illinois, spill 250 gallons of crude oil.[622]
  • On May 25, workers were installing a replacement pipeline at a tank battery, near Mead, Colorado, when there was an explosion and fire. One worker was killed, and, 3 others injured.[623][624]
  • On July 13, a contractor doing maintenance on Magellan’s Longhorn Pipeline hit that pipeline, in Bastrop County, Texas. About 87,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled, resulting in evacuations of nearby residents.[625][626]
  • On July 27, while installing a water pipeline by horizontal drilling, a contractor hit a ONEOK Natural Gas Liquids pipeline, spilling about 126,000 gallons of NGL’s, near Watford City, North Dakota.[627]
  • On August 2, a pipeline leaked up to 1,000 gallons of oil, in Signal Hill, California.[628]
  • On August 2, a contractor ruptured a jet fuel pipeline, in Parkland, Washington.[629]
  • On August 2, a natural gas explosion and fire struck the Minnehaha Academy, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Workers may have been moving a gas meter when the explosion hit, killing two people and injuring at least nine others, according to investigators.[630]
  • On September 22, a gas pipeline exploded and burned in Welda, Kansas. There were no injuries.[631]

important-to-grasp articles about housing | the times are changing

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm


“Five things that might surprise you about the fastest-growing segment of the housing market”

“One of the most pronounced shifts in the housing market since the financial crisis has been the evolution of the single-family rental (SFR) market. Today, single-family rentals (one-unit, attached and detached) account for 35 percent of the country’s 44 million rental units, compared with 31 percent in 2006. More than half of renters live in structures with less than four units.

“The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center recently hosted a panel discussion with three single-family rental experts: Douglas Bendt from Investability, Sandeep Bordia from Amherst Capital Management, and Calvin Schnure from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Their conversation illuminated five important facts everyone should know about this growing market:

“1. Single-family rental is the fastest-growing segment of the housing market.

“Growth in SFRs has outpaced growth of single-family owner and all multifamily housing in recent years.”

Read this article in its entirety at The Urban Institute.

“Communities Take Action to Fight Blight”

Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), Chairman of the Pennsylvania Blight Task Force and a great champion of state level policies and programs to tackle blight, issued a challenge to communities across the Commonwealth in a recent Letter to the Editor published in the Easton Express-Times: “If your community is not using these laws in the battle against blight, it’s time to speak up and ask ‘why not’?” His letter pointed out the numerous tools that have been made possible through state enabling legislation. These tools are due to his leadership, the Housing Alliance’s own efforts, champions within the General Assembly, and countless others.”

Read this article in its entirety at The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

“City inspectors ticketing ‘nuisance’ properties”

“WILKES-BARRE — Teams of city inspectors hit the sidewalks in the Heights on Wednesday, looking for quality-of-life code violations as operation “Taking It to the Streets” made its debut.

“Tree limbs hanging over your fence and obstructing your sidewalk? Bam! A $100 violation ticket is taped to your door.

“Indoor furniture on your front porch? Pow! Another $100 ticket.

“Fail to pay the ticket within 48 hours? A 10 percent late fee is added to the fine for each day your payment is late, up to 10 days. And if you don’t pay the fine within 10 working days, a citation will be filed with the magistrate’s office.”

Read this article in its entirety at The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

EMERGENCY NOTICE – power outage.

In Government, In Columbia on October 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm


Due to the power outage affecting the borough hall, tonight’s Legislation and Sefety meetings are being rescheduled for next Thursday, October 19 at 6:p.m. at the borough hall.

Wednesday – 10/11/17

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2017 at 5:25 am

Here’s shocking news!


First Hinkle’s then … Will Turkey Hill convenience stores be sold? Maybe!Bloomberg Markets

“Kroger operates 784 convenience stores, employing about 11,000 people under such banners as Turkey Hill Minit Markets, Loaf ‘N Jug and KwikShop.”

another columbia news sourceA Columbia citizen posts youtube video recordings about events and happenings in Columbia. Click here to see “Borough Council Meeting Bulletpoints” about the October council meeting.

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“Trump Demands More ‘Appreciation’ for Relief Effort in Puerto Rico”Mother Jones

Gets more “appreciation as “US Rep. Lloyd Smucker gets bird’s-eye view of devastation wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, lauds relief effortsLancaster Online

other news

Lancaster Newspapers’ publications to co-sponsor candidates candidates forum in Elizabethtown Lancaster Online

“There used to 324 newspapers in the state of Pennsylvania. Today, there are about 60 – give or take a few.” From this column, “All news is local”, by Salena Zito – The Washington Examiner

Simple Assault charge in shower argument: “More details emerge in arrest of Lititz woman accused of sending man to hospital with genital injury”FOX43-TV  (the Lititz CrimeWatch report.)because some communities do document crime and criminal acts.

“too disturbing for the public’s eyes” |“York College restricts “potentially disturbing” art exhibit.”FOX43-TV

Meanwhile at the Ephrata Public Library: “‘Resistance and courage’: Ephrata exhibit shows how Holocaust victims resisted Nazis through art”Lancaster Online

FOLLOW UP: “Utah police officer fired after violent arrest of nurse who was doing her job.”Penn Live


14 crochetAt the Columbia Public Library!