Does Williams ever use that “Good Neighbor” myth around here any more?
This is happening in Mississippi at a Williams facility
Natural gas leak forces evacuations
By David Owens
“The gas migrated into an onsite water well, and actually blew the well out,” he said. “The water was spewing almost 20 feet into the air.”
To fix the leak, they started venting the gas into the air. That seems to be a pretty consistent answer to whatever goes wrong–venting it into the air we breathe.
At approximately 3 p.m., Williams Gas Pipeline personnel began a controlled venting of gas into the atmosphere to further relieve pressure within the storage cavern.
They don’t know how long they might have to vent this natural gas which is really methane into the air but they hope it won’t be “a long number of days.” In the meantime the families can’t go home.
Not to worry about all that natural gas spewing into the air though…
Chancellor said the natural gas vented into the atmosphere will dissipate into the air and does not pose a health hazard to neighbors.
- According to a presentation at EARTHWORKS’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project’s 2010 People’s Oil and Gas Summit by Cornell professor, Bob Howarth, methane has 105 times greater Global Warming potential than C02 when considered on a 20 year time frame.
Global Warming Potential of Methane relative to Carbon Dioxide
twenty year time horizon = 105-fold
one hundred year time horizon = 33-fold
- Methane is a surrogate gas that brings with it a host of carcinogens and neurotoxins.
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Mike H. says
So, gas from an underground storage site can migrate into a nearby water well, but gas from fracking can't migrate into water wells? Selective Physics?
And, why doesn't Williams pump that gas into their other storage facilities instead of venting it? Or, send it down the pipeline, since this *IS* Winter?
I'm trying to recall how many times my activities at my house have caused my neighbors to leave their home in the last 15 years……Let's see…..oh right, ZERO! I bet Williams does not bring their neighbors meals when family members are sick and in the hospital too. If you haven't dropped the "Good Neighbord" bit in all operating areas Williams, do it now.
methane spewing into the air, exploding water wells, families ripped from their homes…just another day in the Gas Patch.