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February 20, 2014
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Letter: Know the facts before approving gas pipeline permit in Douglas County

Talk to planners about pipeline

The Planning Commission recently voted on an amendment to an existing permit for the Pacific Connector Pipeline. I feel this provides an opportunity to correct mistakes made in the first permit. Information was submitted into the record, but for some reason there was no conversation about it. If you feel as I do, please talk to the commissioners or planning department and let your views be known.

Whenever a pipeline comes out of the ground, the building code considers it a hazardous facility. (ORS 455.446-449). The state fire marshal and the Department of Transportation consider compressed gas a hazardous material.

A photo was submitted showing a gas shut-off station across the street from Lookingglass Elementary School, so what does the building code say about restrictions on the placement of a hazardous facility there?

Also submitted to the commission was a report on “Transmission Pipelines and Land Use: A risk-informed approach.” I would like to quote just two sentences from that report. “A 36-inch diameter pipeline operating at a maximum pressure of 1,000 pounds per square inch would have a hazard area radius of 750 to 800 feet. A 6-inch diameter pipeline operating at less than 500 pounds per square inch would have a hazard area radius of less than 100 feet.”

The pipe at the Lookingglass facility is a 12-inch, with a 4-inch pipe inside a wire fence next to the roadway.

This pipeline application is not over!

John Clarke

Winston


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