Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pipeline explosion reported near Kansas City International Airport

The pipeline is owned by Mid-America Pipeline Company
which is a subsidiary of Enterprise Products.
Approximate GPS is 39.408745, -94.679255

There is a mainline and also a loop in the same ROW.

NPMS lists the commodity category as "Liquified Petroleum Gas" and the description as "ETHANE/PROPANE, NATURAL GASOLINE, PROPAN" (in a field which is not fully readable in the NPMS browser unless you look at the HTML-- for me it only shows "ETHANE/PROPANE, NATURAL GAS..."

But if you look at their response plan filed with PHMSA it lists the product as "natural gasoline", which is an NGL (natural gas liquid) and an intermediate refinery product, usually sent as a feedstock for petrochemical industry.

Lists the sizes as "10" and 8?"...
I don't why the "8?", whether Enterprise isn't sure, or whether it's a PDF font problem.




SMITHVILLE, MO (KCTV) - A large fire was burning just north of Kansas City International Airport and west of Smithville, KCTV reports.
A glow in the sky was visible from KCI Tuesday night.
The Southern Platte Fire Dept. tweeted just before 7 p.m. that companies from their agency along with the Northern Platte Co. district and Kansas City, MO Fire Dept. were on the scene of a pipeline explosion. About 15 minutes later, they tweeted the northern districts and pipeline company were handling the incident.
So far, no injuries are reported. By 7:30 p.m., aerial footage from KCTV appeared to show the flames dying down.
KCI spokesman Joe McBride tweeted flights in and out of KCI are not being affected by the situation at this time. He said the fire was not on airport property.
13 NEWS and KCTV continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as information becomes available.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emergency crews were responding to a large fire in Platte County, not far from Kansas City International Airport.
Crews were called to the scene near Northwest Skyview Avenue and Northwest Martin Road about 6:30 p.m.
The Southern Platte Fire District said the fire was the result of a pipeline explosion.
Plumes of fire and heavy smoke were showing from the scene and was lighting up the sky from miles away. An hour after the fire started, it was still burning, but the flames had reduced significantly.
Nearby grass and trees also caught fire and were still burning an hour later.
A pipeline company crew was heading to shut the valve off so the fire could burn itself out. The pipeline carries ethane and propane, according to the Kansas City Fire Department.
KCI Airport spokesman Joe McBride said the fire was not affecting flights at the airport and was not on airport property.
Smithville police asked the public to stay away from the area to make it easier for emergency crews to get to the scene.
Stay with KMBC 9 News and refresh this page for updates.

No injuries from fire when a gas pipeline ruptured

SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say there were no injuries as a result of a blaze that erupted when a gas pipeline ruptured north of Kansas City, Missouri.
A Platte County Sheriff's Department dispatcher said the fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Platte County, north of Kansas City and not far from Kansas City International Airport. The fire was later put out.
The responding Southern Platte Fire District said the blaze resulted from a pipeline explosion, though the cause was unclear.
The identity of the owner or operator of the pipeline was not immediately available.
The Kansas City Fire Department says the pipeline carries ethane and propane.
Joe McBride, a spokesman for the airport, said the blaze was not affecting flights at the airport and was not on airport property.



Pipeline explosion near KCI airport, no injuries

PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. - Multiple units responded to a pipeline explosion north of Kansas City International Airport Tuesday night.
The call for the fire went out around 6:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported.
According to the Southern Platte Fire Protection District, it, along with the Kansas City Fire Department and Northern Platte County were on scene working to extinguish the flames.
The District also said the incident was being handled by northern departments and the unnamed pipeline company.
The pipeline carries ethane and propane, according to the Kansas City Fire Department.
An airport spokesman said the fire was not affecting flights and was not on airport property.





Friday, November 25, 2016


Risk = Likelihood * Severity.

What we casually call "Safe Space" is where there is very low likelihood of even minor severity impacts.

But if you find yourself in a situation, where it is Very Likely of Very Severe Impacts, you should consider GETTING OUT NOW! (This is just a good general rule, even if it is just your own body at risk.)

Now, Imagine Severity as a Logrithmic scale, from a point called "1 Minor Injury" to a point labeled "1 Million Dead"

We can imagine that as the Severity approaches the extremes, then Likelyhood becomes much less important.

Look at at a "safe &* sane" firecracker. Very little black powder. With the chance of nothing more than minor injuries, you almost don't care about if the risk is "very likely".

You put on a band-ade and a week later you're all better:
Big deal!
Even young children play with firecrackers.

But let us look at another case where the Severity is 5,000,000 people dead or injured.

Again, the likelihood begins not to matter. What happens if your scientists say, "It is not very likely", yet they made a math error? Do you want to risk it?

The Precautionary Principle comes in handy comes in handy in cases where there is Extremely Severe Risk. It is a scientific principle which basically says, DO NOT, by ether your actions, or neglect, allow a catastrophe to happen. Do not create those circumstances. And if you see those circumstances exist, then you should act swiftly to diffuse the damn thing.

(h/t Dr. Rob MacKenzie for helping me understand risk. Any errors are mine, not his!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Graphics about AIM, Indian Point, PIR and INCREASED RISK of failure near compressor stations.

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As some of you know, I've been on a mission to calibrate the federal PIR formula-

I have collected data on 7 major accidents to date::
  • Edison NJ 3/23/1994
  • Carlsbad NM 8/19/2000
  • Appomattox VA 9/14/2008
  • Cleburne TX 6/7/2010
  • San Bruno, CA 9/9/2010
  • Sissonville WV 12/11/2012
  • Salem PA 4/29/2016

The data I need are, Diameter, MAOP, and some evidence, a PAR, CAO, aerial photos, news accounts, etc. where I can get an idea the extent of the impacts.  

I just found data on another accident, Unityville PA, 6/2/15. This one was different, as there were mixed reports as to whether there was a fire or not.  However there was severe discoloration of 
surrounding vegetation. 

Two things to note. EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO FIRE, this accident still had impacts at 733'ft, well outside the predicted PIR of 574 ft. (24" @ 1200 MAOP). 

Considering only those accidents where were spontaneous failures (discarding Cleburne, as it was caused by a strike with drilling equipment): I am left with 7. Of these, 5 (71%) occurred within 4 miles of the nearest upstream compressor. 

I have not seen this metric discussed on this list as indicating elevated risk. 

Here is a graphic. Note the Y-axis is a log scale, so each division represents a 10x jump.  

​Note for reference I have included Indian Point in Westchester Co NY, which is not only 4 miles from the nearest upstream compressor, but also has structures important to safety which are just 105'ft from the new 42" Algonquin AIM pipeline. : 

Note also there there are EXISTING aging gas lines which run through Indian Point which are both 50+ years old.

Spectra Energy has failed several attempts at the HDD pull of the big new 42"in under the Hudson, so they want to test the rest of the new pipeline by pushing 25% more gas through the existing rusty lines. Yes, and without increasing MAOP! (Nice magic trick).

Slide from NRC presentation showing the new AIM (green) and the existing lines (blue):

Here is a map showing my "better PIR circles" here:
(My online calculator and explanation here:)

The RED is the circle where I expect all Major Impacts to occur within.
I define a major impact as major damage or complete loss of structures,
scorched earth, death or severe injuries.

The ORANGE circles are what I call the Minor Impact Radius, which is where I would expect to find all minor impacts, like melted siding or other structural damage which could result in insurance claim.

All of this is based on historical data.

Notice that BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW pipelines have their MAJOR IMPACT CIRCLES intersecting with the Indian Point Facility with the old pipelines being WORSE (covering a larger area including both reactors, control room, etc).  From a Risk Management perspective, this is REALLY REALLY STUPID.

​This Indian Point situation is EXTREMELY GRAVE. I urge everyone to get involved in
the resistance movement. There are literally 20 Million Lives at risk. IMO, we need
a "Standing Rock" type response here in NY to this INSANITY.

Related Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzz4sq66wuI

Another video, my Magnum Opus is coming shortly. I've been working on
this for nearly 3 weeks. 

(I would be working on this full time until I complete it, but I have to bill some hours at my day-job to keep a roof over my head and some noodles in my belly. If you appreciate my work, now is a good time for a Paypal donation:  TinyURL.com/DonateToBillHuston Thanks.)


May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How we get through this...

So for the next 4 years,
I propose a return to Chivalry.

We men should show the women in our lives,
and every woman we meet
such great care and tenderness.

Every person of color. Great care and affection.

Every person of every kind of gender preference/expression,
every ethnicity, every religion: Great care and tenderness and compassion, and a wish for their happiness.

To rid the world of hate we must begin with ourselves.

Even the poorest teller at the grocery store, the waitress, the garbage collector, the man or woman who cleans the toilets at the office building. Great care, and respect.

This is how we will get through this:

We will start behaving and living
with utmost regard to our highest principles.

And what are our highest principles?
Truth? Nonviolence? Universal Compassion?

(those are my suggestions)

Let us use our mind skillfully
and practice action which is not motivated by
greed or hatred.

Let us use our voice
to express a POSITIVE VISION
of what we want to be.

And a commitment to live to be
consistent with our chosen moral principles always.

I suggest beginning each day with GRATITUDE.
We all have so much to be grateful for.

My favorite compassion practice
is called Metta. It is a Buddhist thing.

Here is a short introduction to the practice:

This video is part of a meditation practice.
Practice means "time spent doing it".


May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"Solvent Degreaser TCE to be listed as Known Human Carcinogen: Federal Report"

From: lsiegel@cpeo.org
To: tce@lists.cpeo.org
Sent: 11/3/2016 1:18:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: [TCE] "Solvent Degreaser 'Known'Human Carcinogen: Federal Report"
Solvent Degreaser 'Known'Human Carcinogen: Federal Report

By Pat Rizzuto
Chemical Regulation Reporter®
November 2, 2016

Trichloroethylene, formerly a widely used solvent, will be listed as a "known human carcinogen" in a federal Report on Carcinogens to be published Nov. 3.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which issues the report, upgraded trichloroethylene (TCE) from a "reasonably anticipated to be" to a "known human carcinogen," HHS's National Toxicology Program said in a Federal Register notice to be published Nov. 3.


The Dow Chemical Co., PPG Industries Inc. and GreenChem Industries LLC are among the U.S. companies that made or imported 225 million pounds of TCE in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.


Trichloroethylene has been found on at least 1,045 of the 1,699 current or former Superfund sites, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.


For the entire article, see

The Report on Carcinogens is available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/pubhealth/roc/index-1.html
The TCE documents are available at


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918

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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The woman at Dunkin' Donuts is voting for Jill Stein!

Friends, I want you to think about this:

This is an IDEAL time for a Green to WIN! And Jill is a very solid candidate. I would almost say IDEAL. I think the corporate media is BULLSHITTING us with fake polls. (Boy, that's a shocker! Who'd have suspected the media lies? :0 )

Everyone I talk to is voting for Jill. I mean 80%. And not just my hippy/progressive friends. I just talked to a woman working in a (corporate) coffee shop. "I don't like either one. This is a joke. I feel like this is the Truman Show." I said, "I'm voting for Jill Stein!" and she said, "Yah, I probably will too...." I ALMOST FELL OVER!

Keep the faith, Peeps. These are REVOLUTIONARY Days. It is happening all over.

THESE are the times of Constitution Conventions. And we all are at the leading edge of defining what our collective values should be for the next phase.

This is a really exciting time, and I'm so happy. I have never seen a Green ever do this well for such a big office in 30 years!!!!

Keep believing in what might be possible.
Our collective belief and intention now
is very very important.


May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Jason Garner: Stink Trucks?

Jason Garnar--

24,000 people drink water from Endicott's Ranney well, which is just 1 mile downstream from where i3 Electronics has been discharging their UNPERMITTED (x2) wastes from an operation started April 2011. These wastes are NOT permitted by their SPDES permit. This land use (commercial waste treatment) requires a Special Use permit, however they never approached the local planning board. Chris Pelto told me "Does Endicott even have a planning board?" WRONG ANSWER. This illegal operation violates state/village zoning laws, as well as the Clean Water Act, but DEC looks the other way, has allowed this as a SECRET 2-year "pilot program" with NO Environmental Impact Statement under SEQRA. Here we are 5-years later and it's still going on.

The Village suffers 240 heavy trucks/week because of this, REALLY foul odors, and threats to our water quality and quantity. 80,000 gallons PER DAY of higly toxic, hazardous waste in UNMARKED trucks, including 10x Super Concentrated Reverse Osmosis Landfill Concentrate from Seneca Meadows, the largest landfill in NY which takes household+industrial waste from 5 states.

The DEC is not helping us. They have NEVER issued the facility any fines or violations despite NUMEROUS leaks, spills, contamination incidents dating back to the 1970s-- 4 Decades! The WORST might be 12,000 gallons/month of HORSE URINE (!!!) from Dr. Reddy's Labs in Middleburgh, trucked in from 2hrs away, which is contaminated with a groundwater contaminant so powerful (MTBE), it was BANNED as a gasoline additive by Gov. Pataki in 2000.

I have been asking you since JULY to weigh in on this issue. You told me you were "interested", but never met with our group.

Debbie Preston LOVES Leachate!

Unfortunately, so does Donna Lupardo, who DID meet with our group, but who evidently has not heard our numerous legal issues raised, and/or does not care that the VoE has an illegal commercial waste dump operating in the downtown shopping district, as she told Bob Joseph this week on WNBF she sees "no problem" with all this, as long is it "doesn't increase".

(Donna lives in Endwell which gets water from Endicott. Maybe with her fat salary she can afford a heavy-duty water filter?)

Maybe even Donna is beholden to the Maines/Matthews and the GB Chamber? Or maybe she's got a piece of the action?

What about you?

Why have you been ignoring our requests for months to meet with Concerned Citizens of Endicott, Jason?

We need you to Weigh In on this critically important issue:

Where do you stand on the "Stink Trucks"?

Let me guess- We need the Jobs?

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How do the Leachate Trucks get away with not having DOT HAZMAT placards?

The reason why the trucks are getting away with no Hazmat placards is because of a complicated loophole in the law. It's really complicated. DOT HAZMAT Law: 49 USC § 5103, leaves the definition open to the Sec. of Transportation:

"A hazardous material, as defined by the Secretary, is any particular quantity or form of a material that may pose an unreasonable risk to health and safety or property during transportation in commerce. This includes materials that are explosive, radioactive, infectious, flammable, toxic, oxidizing, or corrosive."

The Sec. publishes a table at 49 CFR § 172.101, but landfill leachate is not listed.

This is probably because the toxicity of chemicals are all based on studies like the LD50. But Landfill Leachate is not a single thing. It is a complex mixture of Acids/Bases, VOCs, industrial solvents, organo-chlorines, hydrocarbons, BTEX, pesticides, salts, radioactive materials, biological agents -- you name it! So the DOT cannot determine toxicity of something if the chemical composition changes all the time. It's whatever the landfill took in this week/month/year. Could be anything.

But trust me-- Reverse Osmosis Concentrate from Seneca Meadows IS POISON if you drank it, and an inhalation hazard.

And there are several other definitions to look at, defined by EPA not DOT:

Hazardous wastes and hazardous substances are designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Hazardous wastes are designated under the EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, while hazardous substances are designated by the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) regulates all essential modes of transportation due to the dangers hazardous materials can present during shipment by ground, air, sea, or any other mode of transportation, such as through a pipeline.

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Does your desire for "Peace" extend to animals?

Dear Friends--

I am desperately looking for people interested in protecting our natural world,
coexisting in peace with nature. People who care about our duty
as humans to be a steward of nature, and protect wild animals from senseless
harm at the hands of humans.

I am very sad to report--
The plans to slaughter DOZENS of large, wild animals

INSIDE A NATURE PRESERVE at Binghamton University
are back.

Happy Day of the Dead to you, too. :*(

In 2011, I helped out with a (miraculously successful) campaign
to stop a Deer Slaughter ("cull") in 2011. It was one of the most
painful and terrifying activist efforts I have ever undertaken.

I made a video about it:


(Some of the stuff in there about the anthills might be bogus info,
but this video is what it is. I made it on short notice and did the best
I could)

I had to study horrific videos of "captive net and bold" videos
by really sick professional contract assassins like Anthony Dinicola
who has single highhandedly slaughtered 10,000 animals.

But I care about animals so much, and living in peace and harmony,
I tried to push beyond my fears, including enduring a few
FRIGID and terrifying nights I spent inside the Nature Preserve
in Dec/Jan time frame, armed only with my camera. 

Imagine an Animal Lover on assignment to cover a slaughter.
That was me. I was one of the few locals working on it.


While I never explored this connection in my video,
I really think this is the remnants of an ancient Pagan
Slaughter-N-Sex ritual called Saturnalia (warning: Link is NSFW)

where people would slaughter deer and have wild orgies in the woods
in order to gain health and virility.

We had some AMAZING helpers from afar, especially David Bernheim, esq.
an Animal Rights attorney from Croton-on-Hudson who did some amazing
work on this, despite his advanced age. (I just tried to look him up, and
his number is disconnected. I doubt he is still practicing law).

I am BEGGING anyone in the Central NY area for help defeating
this Senseless Slaughter. I have only found out the plans are back.
This is DREADFUL work.

Please help me save these INNOCENT wild animals.

Bill Huston. Binhamton NY

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Followup: 5x Dilbit Pipelines Shutdown

I will consolidate all the articles I've written about this. But for now, a quick followup.

People have asked me: "But they took precautions! They attended safety classes. They called ahead to the 800# and reported their intentions".

Sorry, that is not good enough to mitigate the risk of causing extreme environmental catastrophe:

a) What is your proof the lines were shut down?

b) More importantly, what is your proof the saboteurs knew  that the lines were shut down?

c) EVEN IF an order had been given to shut down the lines, this DOES NOT necessarily remove all risk!

As i have been saying, there are PHYSICS involved.

Dilbit is very heavy, and was under high pressure. Kinetic energy is m*v^2.

Its like putting a child in front of a freight train moving at 80MPH and claiming that its safe because you called the operator.

No, you cannot stop a 11,000 ton train instantly due to stored kinetic energy. The same with a high pressure dilbit pipeline.

If I announced I didn't like shopping malls, and that I was going in to a mall and start shooting off automatic weapons randomly, and then actually do it, the fact that I called ahead does not necessarily mitigate the risk involved.

Deia and these others were not "filming a protest". She was filming intentional sabotage of a live, high pressure dilbit pipeline. Which carries extreme risk of causing environmental harms and not what I would call nonviolent.

I believe strongly in the freedom of the press, and I have been a videographer at dozens of NVDA actions, and even participated in a few, was arrested once for such.

But turning valves on an active pipeline is beyond putting your own life on the line.

It is putting the lives of many beings on the line.

I do not approve of what these people did, but I do understand why some people could justify it, due to the climate emergency.

There are many ways this can produce harmful blowback.

1) really bad press: labeling environmentalists as terrorists and saboteurs, and not protectors, poisoning our movement in the minds of many people

2) Risk of real grave environmental harms

3) It was widely reported that this action was taken "In solidarity with Standing Rock". Almost every news story had an association with "Standing Rock".

However, a principle of the Jemez Principles of Democratic Organizing says,

"Let People Speak for Themselves"

As far as I can see, Standing Rock is a legitimate movement based on the principles of nonviolence to a high degree.

So what if people are engaging in intentional sabotage of active pipelines, and claiming an association with Standing Rock, yet their actions are such which would never be undertaken or condoned by the Standing Rock leadership? How could this impact the police response at Standing Rock? We are already seen an extreme escalation of violence against them.

4) How will this impact the ability of legitimate researchers such as myself to gain access to technical data regarding pipelines? The NPMS system is already badly broken in several ways, *intentionally*, to dissuade "terrorists" from learning about critical infrastructure.  I note here that NPMS has been down for two days. Related?

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)