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This is Why They Protest — Pipeline Owned By People Behind DAPL Just Spilled 55,000 Gallons Of Gasoline Into Pristine River

Lycoming County, PA — On Friday, a broken pipeline in Pennsyvlvania dumped 55,000 gallons of gasoline into the Susquehanna River.

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, director of public works for Lancaster said in a statement that it is unclear whether or not the local drinking water supplies have been contaminated.

“With the amount that spilled, we certainly could see some impact on our intake along the Susquehanna River, We’ll continue to monitor it,” Katzenmoyer said.

Randy Gockley, director of the Lancaster Emergency Management Agency added that, “Certainly it’s something to be concerned about. We don’t know yet the speed it will travel down the river.”

“I’m sure they’re dealing with high velocity water flows because of the flooding. My gut tells me it will take a few days to reach us, but I can’t say that for sure. This far downstream, it’s hard to know,” he said.

According to Lancaster Online, the pipeline ruptured sometime around 3 am on Friday morning.

Hours after the breach, Sunoco Logistics, the company in charge of the pipeline, estimated that 1,300 barrels of gas, amounting to roughly 55,000 gallons spilled into Wallis Run, a tributary to the Susquehanna River.

 

The Department of Environmental Protection voiced concerns about the potential of drinking water contamination.

In a statement, the agency said:

“Sunoco Logistics emergency response crews are in the process of containment and collection efforts following a release of gasoline from an 8-inch pipeline in the vicinity of Wallis Run near the intersection of Wallis Run Road and Butternut Grove Road in Gamble Township, Lycoming County. Wallis Run is a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek.

The area received heavy rainfall overnight, resulting in flash floods, landslides and riverbank erosion. Crews will use skimmers to remove gasoline from the top of affected waterways and will erect containment booms downstream.

A drop in pressure in the pipeline was detected by the Sunoco Logistics Control Center shortly after 3 a.m. Friday, October 21. The pipeline was shut down and emergency response personnel were dispatched to the scene. Federal, state, county and local officials were notified and a Unified Command Center was established at the nearby Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Company. The agencies on scene include: Federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Safety and environmental crews are meeting with affected residents. Residents who have been impacted by the release can call a Sunoco Logistics representative at 1-800-759-5644.”

This spill comes at a time of great controversy for pipelines, with many rupturing across the country this year, and a massive protest surrounding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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What makes this spill so highly controversial is that Sunoco Logistics is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the heavily protested Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to their website, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is a master limited partnership that owns and operates a logistics business consisting of a geographically diverse portfolio of complementary crude oil, refined products, and natural gas liquids pipeline, terminalling and acquisition and marketing assets which are used to facilitate the purchase and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and refined products. Sunoco Logistics’ general partner is a consolidated subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

While Energy Transfer Partners continues to tout the safety of their pipelines, this spill hardly provides faith in their word.

Pipeline companies, like Enbergy Transfer Partners, do not want you to know the enormous amounts of oil and other toxic materials that spill from supposedly “safe” pipelines on a daily basis. The fact is, since 2009 when domestic oil production began ramping up, “the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production…”

The numbers are staggering. A 2015 analysis by the Center for Effective Government found:

Since 2010, over 3,300 incidents of crude oil and liquefied natural gas leaks or ruptures have occurred on U.S. pipelines. These incidents have killed 80 people, injured 389 more, and cost $2.8 billion in damages. They also released toxic, polluting chemicals in local soil, waterways, and air.”

According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, these spills and ruptures released over 7 million gallons of crude.

The website displays a map of oil pipeline spills from 2010 to present, and it is discouraging to say the least.

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Most of the spilled crude oil originates in Texas and…you guessed it…North Dakota – where DAPL will be carrying a half million barrels a day of crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks fracking fields.

Clearly, the main selling point put forward by Energy Transfer Partners, and those who stand to reap billions from its construction, is a lie. Put in terms of the amount of crude oil spilled, pipelines are more dangerous than rail cars or trucks.

But this is not an appeal to continue relying on railroads and highways for transporting oil. The shocking data on oil spills, the threat to human health and the environment, and the assaults on the rights of landowners and Native Americans brought about by the DAPL construction point to one conclusion.

Now, more than ever, we need to speed our transition away from fossil fuels and fully embrace renewable energy. The technology is there, and the free market is making great strides to make this happen. But the corporatocracy still has an enormous grip in perpetuating the oil era, as we can plainly see in the construction of DAPL and the increased oil production through fracking.

The corrupt partnership of corporate behemoths and government players is keeping us mired in the era of oil, putting human and environmental health in ever greater risk with more and more pipeline construction.

Please help us combat the disinformation campaign of oil companies and the willful ignorance of mainstream media by sharing this article so the truth can be known about oil pipelines.

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  • Millie

    That wasn’t the first spill, they had one last year as well. I’m starting a group to fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because a company in my area called Dura Bond is making pipe for the pipelines. We are in support of #NoDAPL. https://www.facebook.com/groups/682288361944637/

  • T. Mohr

    A vote on November 8th for Trump or Clinton is a vote for Tyranny. If this country of ours is to ever move past corporate domination and bring the power of the people to the forefront, we must start now by voting for Dr. Jill Stein on November 8th.

    • Steve

      *sigh*
      It is a pity more Americans do not admit the level of collusion, corruption, and decoupling of the government from the people. Right now they simply yell out: The Russians did it. As if that has anything to do with the problem. People like their comfy-cozy lifestyle and they are not about to give it up. I am entertained by the global warming hypocrisy. I love being condescended to by people who know little about the subject. It is a real shame. I feel at this point, we have to fall all the way down before making progress forward.

  • nocurnalfame

    this makes me sad

    • T. Mohr

      Me too. I’m thinking millions of us should take a little drive up to North Dakota and stand with the Standing Rock Sioux before it gets too cold. What say you people? Anyone up for a road trip? Let’s charter some buses. Pack a picnic basket.

  • tz1

    Hey, not like anyone in the EPA is going to prison over poisoning rivers in CO and a large part of the Navajo nation. No protests there. It’s just toxic heavy metals, not the hydrocarbons the Godess GAIA has condemned.
    But you agree with Buffett – You want hydrocarbons to be transported by more vulnerable railroad tanker cars, not pipelines, but there’s no map for all the disasters caused by that.
    But I assume you never go over a few miles – by bicycle or electric car – away from your home. Practically anything else requires hydrocarbon energy. Al Gore has a higher carbon footprint than most small businesses. But he has to take his jet – can’t use something slower but greener. Teslas take ooh too long to recharge.
    And those who flew in to Davos on their private Jets probably have a larger carbon footprint than 99% of my state combined. Hypocrites!
    Instead of criticizing things in general, Tell Hillary and her entourage and Obama who fly to Hawaii to cut their carbon footprint. The military is 6% of greenhouse gases, where is even one mention to end our world-wide death machine?

    • Kat121

      And this article. so being used to support this.. But in reality … The Susquehanna is more radio active than anything. Along with the muck from farming and man,,,, The environmental group American Rivers named the Susquehanna “America’s Most Endangered River for 2005” because of the excessive pollution it receives. Most of the pollution in the river is caused by excess animal manure from farming, agricultural runoff, urban and suburban stormwater runoff, and raw or inadequately treated sewage. In 2003 the river contributed 44% of the nitrogen, 21% of the phosphorus, and 21% of the sediment flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.[23] It was designated as one of the American Heritage Rivers in 1997.[24] The designation provides for technical assistance from federal agencies to state and local governments working in the Susquehanna watershed.

      Another environmental concern is radioactivity released during the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.[25]

      In 2015, a smallmouth bass caught with a cancerous tumor from the river raised concerns about water pollution.[26][27] The Environmental Protection Agency reported, however, “we do not have sufficient data at this time to scientifically support listing the main stem of the Susquehanna as impaired.”[26]

  • Kat121

    The environmental group American Rivers named the Susquehanna “America’s Most Endangered River for 2005” because of the excessive pollution it receives. Most of the pollution in the river is caused by excess animal manure from farming, agricultural runoff, urban and suburban stormwater runoff, and raw or inadequately treated sewage. In 2003 the river contributed 44% of the nitrogen, 21% of the phosphorus, and 21% of the sediment flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.[23] It was designated as one of the American Heritage Rivers in 1997.[24] The designation provides for technical assistance from federal agencies to state and local governments working in the Susquehanna watershed.

    Another environmental concern is radioactivity released during the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.[25]

    In 2015, a smallmouth bass caught with a cancerous tumor from the river raised concerns about water pollution.[26][27] The Environmental Protection Agency reported, however, “we do not have sufficient data at this time to scientifically support listing the main stem of the Susquehanna as impaired.”[26] So meh to this article