pipeline warning article-partial

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I don't remember seeing this posting. Being cut and paste impaired that's exactly what I've done. The incompletion is exactly as it appears on the web site (11:58 pm 022600).Fair use etc

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/metropolitan/468586 Feb. 25, 2000, 9:37PM Pipeline risks may be small, but public should know them By DAN FELDSTEIN Copyright 2000 Houston Chronicle In Austin, Marguerite Jones is furious. A company wants to reactivate an underground petroleum pipeline two houses away from her. The 50-year-old pipe would take unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel from a terminal in Galena Park and ship it to gas stations in West Texas and beyond. Jones, a former PTA president, believes it would endanger her children. "Shame on all of you," she tells pipeline executives to wild applause from 1,000 like-minded citizens at a January public hearing. In northwest Harris County, however, David Howard is mostly concerned about landscaping. An identical pipeline runs through his front lawn. But that didn't stop him from buying the property and building a $500,000 house a few feet away. A partner at Arthur Andersen accounting and consulting, he never thinks about the line. He was disappointed only when the pipeline company told him the mandatory warning pole in his yard had to stay red, not the green he had painted it. Similar situations, different reactions. Is one of these people crazy? All over Harris County, residents live within yards of pipelines buried just a few feet underground, carrying products that could explode and kill them -- though they almost never do. Most are unaware of the raw force or volume of the materials that pass through their yards and near their schools and offices. The only indication of a nearby pipe is a small warning pole at street crossings. While Houston has more underground

Unexplained stop. I don't THINK it was caused by one of those pipelines.....

-- mike in houston (mmorris67@hotmail.com), February 27, 2000


Yea, your right, the article just stops - the Houston Chronicle must be having technical difficulties. Reactivating a 50 year old pipeline? Does this mean the newer pipelines are having embedded chip problems? Or is this the result of ruptured pipelines from previous explosions (several having occurred around the country lately)? The locals don't seem to be overly concerned about it.

-- Y2kObserver (Y2kObserver@nowhere.com), February 27, 2000.

My Dear Mike in Houston.

I personally find it rather significant that the PTB are hunting up evey pipe line that they can find. And one fifty years old will have manuel, non digital controls on the various valves etc. JMHO...But it is interesting don't you think. When viewed from that perspective.

"As for me...I shall finish the Game"!


-- Shakey (in_a_bunker@forty.feet), February 27, 2000.

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