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Underground gas storage uninspected

October 3, 2011

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— Eleven underground gas storage sites in Kansas have gone uninspected for 18 months because of a federal court ruling.

The Legislature had voted to have the state regulate underground storage of hazardous gases and liquids after deadly explosions in Hutchinson a decade ago.

But last year’s ruling limited the state to regulating storage fields that do business only within the state.

The Wichita Eagle reported that the fields the state can regulate hold only 12 billion cubic feet of gas. That’s just a fraction of the 272 billion cubic feet of capacity in the fields the state is no longer allowed to regulate.

The gas company that sued Kansas says internal inspections and policies are enough. But some of the thousands who live on the uninspected fields are nervous.

Comments

Getaroom 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you again Brownbackward for helping to keep Kansas safe, Americans proud and your deep pocket Oil/Gas buddies happy! Your Gestapo is hard at work dismantling infrastructure and supporting the very very rich -who are your ticket to the White House! A few more explosions and it will be you calling for public prayers here, instead of flying off to pray with The "Rev" Gov. Rick Perry. Which Hell Fire will best suit the conservative voters?

Quiz: Which Governor is most Tea Party friendly? 1)The one who sold his highway system to foreign interests to gain toll roads, or 2)The one who shut down SRS offices, defunded the Arts, and stopped the inspection of potentially dangerous gas storage, to name only a few "fascist" activities?

kernal 3 years, 2 months ago

Getaroom, did you miss the part that said, ".. because of a federal court ruling."?

Can't blame Brownback, or Obama, for this one.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 2 months ago

"On January 17, 2001, 143 million cubic feet (4,000,000 m3) of compressed natural gas leaked from the nearby Yaggy storage field. It sank underground, then rose to the surface through old brine, or salt wells making around 15 gas blowholes. An explosion in the downtown area at 10:45 a.m. destroyed 2 businesses and damaged 26 others. An explosion the next day in a mobile-home park took the lives of two people. The Kansas National Guard was called in to help evacuate parts of the city because of the gas leaks, and a team of specialists looked over all the city for leaks after the event. These events were broadcast on nationally televised news stations across the country."

Lawsuit leaves large gas storage fields in Kansas unregulated http://www.kansas.com/2011/10/02/2041721/neighbors-uneasy-as-gas-fields.html

Since the federal district court in Topeka struck down Kansas gas-safety laws last year, 11 underground storage sites with a capacity of more than 270 billion cubic feet of gas have gone uninspected for 18 months, according to state officials.

The state can't inspect them.

The federal government has chosen not to.

As a result, thousands of Kansans live on and around uninspected gas-storage fields that dwarf the system that caused the Hutchinson disaster.

W.T.F!!?!?! This makes no sense what-so-ever....What's wrong with this country!?!? What's wrong with the judge? How much did it take to buy this verdict?

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 2 months ago

Uninspected Gas Storage Fields in Kansas http://media.kansas.com/smedia/2011/10/02/10/53/spgtA.So.80.pdf

Why would you not inspect these facilities? How can you justify not inspecting these facilities? Welcome to Bizzaro World, folks. Don't worry, the corporation knows best.

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