“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.
The break in the ditch across from 986 Bradford Road
According to PHMSA’s NPMS Public Map Viewer, the pipeline operator is SOUTHERN NATURAL GAS CO (18516).
Kinder Morgan trucks and personnel
Berrien County Sheriff, GDOT, city of Nashville, Kinder Morgan trucks; Lowndes County Sheriff deputies were also at the county line stopping traffic going into Berrien County.
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.
Kinder Morgan employee called from Tallahassee
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….
The VDT said their crime reporter was on the case, and WCTV’s reporter is on her way to the scene as I write.
When will an incident report be made as to why and how much gas was “lost”? Age of pipeline? Any additional info for the “public”?
It’s the old SONAT pipeline that was built in the 1950s. Incident report should show up here, but hasn’t yet: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/reports/operator/OperatorIM_opid_18516.html?nocache=4594#_Incidents_tab_3
At least for once we know the cause, because the neighbors saw what happened. Often PHMSA takes years or until never to reveal a cause.
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