Acadia, Acadiana, Calcasieu, Cameron, corrosion, Evangeline, Evangline, failure, Gas quality monitoring, Germany, H2S, hazard, India, Jefferson Davis, Kinder Morgan Louisiana, KMLP, Louisiana, PHMSA, pipeline explosion, pipeline failure, pipeline fire, rate of corrosion, risk, subsidence, Welspun, wetlands
Comment Deadline Apr 27 2020, Monday (Tonight) at 11:59 PM ET
“Pipeline Safety; Request for Special Permit: Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline, LLC This Notice document was issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)” https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=PHMSA-2006-25803
“Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC. (KMLP) requests a modification to Waiver Conditions section (28)(a) of Special Permit — PHMSA-2006-25803. Section (28)(a) states:
(28) Gas Quality Monitoring: Gas quality monitoring equipment must be installed to permit the operator to manage and limit the introduction of contaminants and free liquids into the pipeline. An acceptable gas quality monitoring and mitigation program must be instituted to not exceed the following limits: (a) H2S (0.25 grains per 100 standard cubic feet or 4 parts per million, maximum); KMLP requests to be allowed to increase the amount of H2S it monitors from 0.25 grains per 100 standard cubic feet to 0.50 grains per 100 standard cubic feet.” https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=PHMSA-2006-25803-0019&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf
Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP) wants “a modification of Condition 28(a) to allow an increase in the amount of H2S in the pipeline gas stream“. This would increase corrosion and make the pipeline more subject to failure. The pipes were made in India and Germany. Since it’s in south Louisiana subsidence is probably an issue, too. Approximately 35 miles are in wetlands. Kinder Morgan has a very lengthy track record of pipeline failures-explosions-fires: “Throughout the U.S. since 2003, Kinder Morgan and its subsidiaries’ pipelines (of all kinds) have been responsible for more than 400 spills, evacuations, explosions, fires, and fatalities in 24 states, incurring more than 110 federal enforcement actions. Kinder Morgan’s natural gas transmission pipeline accidents caused more than $224 million in property damage.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder_Morgan. (This may be only from 2003-2016).
Due Apr 27 2020, Monday (Tonight) at 11:59 PM ET “Pipeline Safety; Request for Special Permit: Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline, LLC This Notice document was issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=PHMSA-2006-25803
“PHMSA is publishing this notice to solicit public comment on a request from Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline, LLC, (KMLP) to modify a previously issued special permit. KMLP requests a modification to the pipeline gas stream quality requirements that limit the amount of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the gas. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will review the comments received from this notice as part of its evaluation to grant or deny the special permit modification request.
PHMSA received a special permit modification request from KMLP, owned by Kinder Morgan, Inc., to modify special permit Condition 28(a) of the existing special permit, PHMSA-2006-25803. KMLP requests a modification of Condition 28(a) to allow an increase in the amount of H2S in the pipeline gas stream from 0.25 grains to 0.5 grains per 100 standard cubic feet. The requested amount of H2S in the KLMP pipeline gas stream is less than what is required in 49 CFR 192.620(d)(5)(v)(C), “Controlling Internal Corrosion.”
The special permit was issued to KMLP on April 13, 2007, to waive compliance with 49 CFR 192.111 and 192.201(a)(2)(i) for Class 1 locations along the Leg 1 segment of the KMLP. The KMLP Leg 1 segment is a 137-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline that is located in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, and Evangeline Parishes in Louisiana. The KMLP Leg 1 segment has a maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,440 pounds per square inch gauge in the special permit segment.
The special permit modification request and existing special permit with conditions for the KMLP are available for review and public comment in the Docket No. PHMSA-2006-25803. PHMSA invites interested persons to review and submit comments in the docket regarding the special permit modification request. Please include any comments on potential safety and environmental impacts that may result if the special permit modification is granted. Comments may include relevant data.
Before issuing a decision on the special permit modification request, PHMSA will evaluate all comments received on or before the comment closing date. Comments received after the closing date will be evaluated, if it is possible to do so without incurring additional expense or delay. PHMSA will consider each relevant comment it receives in making its decision to grant or deny this special permit modification request.”
See more here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=PHMSA-2006-25803-0022
Appears related and has a map which seems to include part of this pipeline:
35 miles are in wetlands: https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=PHMSA-2006-25803-0003&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf This area is an important drinking water aquifer, too.
Pipes made in India and Germany: https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=PHMSA-2006-25803-0019&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf
Discusses original fracture control plan (2006) https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=PHMSA-2006-25803-0004&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf
The pipeline passes through Evangeline and Acadian Parishes, i.e. Acadiana.
“The story of Evangeline was one of the traditions current among the Acadians after their dispersion. The Acadians sailed away from Grand-Pre on Oct. 29, 1755. Edouard Richard says: ” All that vast bay, around which but lately an industrious people worked like a swarm of bees, was now deserted. In the silent villages, where the doors swung idly in the wind, nothing was heard but the tramp of soldiery and the lowing of cattle, wandering anxiously around the stables as if looking for their masters….” Mary Norris 1896 commentary Evangeline: https://archive.org/stream/henrywadsworthlo00long/henrywadsworthlo00long_djvu.txt
Excerpt from the poem:
Evangeline II – II
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Part II – II
It was the month of May. Far down the Beautiful River,
Past the Ohio shore and past the mouth of the Wabash,
Into the golden stream of the broad and swift Mississippi,
Floated a cumbrous boat, that was rowed by Acadian boatmen.
It was a band of exiles: a raft, as it were, from the shipwrecked
Nation, scattered along the coast, now floating together,
Bound by the bonds of a common belief and a common misfortune;
Men and women and children, who, guided by hope or by hearsay,
Sought for their kith and their kin among the few-acred farmers
On the Acadian coast, and the prairies of fair Opelousas.
With them Evangeline went, and her guide, the Father Felician.
Onward o’er sunken sands, through a wilderness sombre with forests,
Day after day they glided adown the turbulent river;
Night after night, by their blazing fires, encamped on its borders.
Now through rushing chutes, among green islands, where plume-like
Cotton-trees nodded their shadowy crests, they swept with the current,
They emerged into broad lagoons, where silvery sand-bars
Lay in the stream, and along the wimpling waves of their margin,
Shining with snow-white plumes, large flocks of pelicans waded.
Level the landscape grew, and along the shores of the river,
Shaded by china-trees, in the midst of luxuriant gardens,
Stood the houses of planters, with negro-cabins and dovecots.
They were approaching the region where reigns perpetual summer,
Where through the Golden Coast, and groves of orange and citron,
Sweeps with majestic curve the river away to the eastward.
They, too, swerved from their course; and, entering the Bayou of Plaquemine…”