“Like a bomb going off,” said the evacuated neighbor. Like a waterfall, was the sound by the time I got there about 11:20 AM EST, tipped off by a friend with a 911 radio. Several Kinder Morgan trucks were parked on Bradford Road, with KM personnel standing near the leak.
According to PHMSA’s NPMS Public Map Viewer, the pipeline operator is SOUTHERN NATURAL GAS CO (18516).
The same pipeline runs through the Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch on GA 122, and then another mile or so south to the valves, which are on my property on Quarterman Road in Lowndes County.
This is only about a 9-inch pipe at 800PSI. Sabal Trail Transmission wants to put in a 36-inch pipeline (about 16 times the volume) at about twice the pressure (so about 32 times total) near the SONAT main line you can see running through southwest Lowndes County in this map. If even this SONAT pipeline had gotten ignited during the break, it would have made quite an explosion. If that Sabal Trail pipeline got hit by a road scrape….