Update 2018-12-19: No answers a month later, so today we sent another inquiry today.
Sent today, as PDF. -jsq
November 13, 2018
To: Director James Urisko <James.Urisko@dot.gov>, 404-832-1150
Southern Region Office
PHMSA Office of Pipeline Safety
233 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Cc: Community Liaisons:
James Kelly <James.Kelly@dot.gov>, 404-990-1848
Arthur Buff <Arthur.Buff@dot.gov>, 404-226-6153
Re: Sabal Trail Hildreth Compressor Station Leak 2018-09-29
Dear Director Urisko,
For more than 20 hours starting Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Sabal Trail interstate natural gas pipeline leaked “26.40516 MMscf” of “Non-odorized natural gas“ and “10,405.5 lbs” of “VOC” (presumably Volatile Organic Compounds) at its Hildreth Compressor Station in Suwannee County, Florida. A week later Sabal Trail filed a report with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the text of which is appended to this letter.
I have several questions:
- Why did Sabal Trail take more than a week to report this incident to FDEP?
- Did Sabal Trail report this incident to PHMSA? If so, please send a copy of that report, or how to get it.
- Has PHMSA filed a report about this incident? If so, please send a copy or how to get it.
- Is PHMSA investigating this incident? If so, when will the investigation be complete? Are there any interim results or opportunities for public comment into the process?
- Since Sabal Trail wrote “nothing in the yard caused alarms” and “Site is unmanned,” how did Sabal Trail discover this leak?
- What changes has Sabal Trail put in place Continue reading