And leaks and spills and crumbles and disintegrates. Late last week, as The Lamestream Media looked the other way and refused to report on The State of Emergency declared by the governors of Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, a dead Canary was found in an old Shelby County coal mine just south of Birmingham, Alabama. So many Dead Canaries, so little time. Instead, The Deciders at all the Major Networks (those who determine what The Public gets to see as far as News is concerned) agreed that The Sheeple preferred the incessant inanity about Donald Trump and Hillary Rotten Clinton as opposed to anything mature & substantive like America’s neglected & crumbling Infrastructure.
Perhaps many of you don’t know about the leak in the Colonial Pipeline just South of Birmingham, Alabama. It’s an old, decaying pipeline laid down in 1962 that just so happens to supply nearly 50% of the gasoline to the Southeast and the East Coast. It’s a pretty big deal, and perhaps that’s why the governors declared a State of Emergency, and yet, for some odd reason (maybe it’s not so odd afterall) it’s not News Worthy (versus Sponge Worthy).
Here’s the story from AL.Com in case you’re not aware, and I imagine most people aren’t (aware) but should be because it’s yet another Canary in the Coal Mine that’s being ignored to our detriment.
by Dennis Pillion
On the morning of Sept. 9, an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission was performing a routine monthly check of an old coal mine in Shelby County when he noticed “a strong odor of gasoline” as well as a sheen on the surface of one of the retention ponds.
The gasoline he was smelling came from Colonial Pipeline’s Line 1, an underground pipeline three feet in diameter that normally pushes 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day from refineries in Houston to distribution centers across the Southeast and along the eastern seaboard.
That 36-inch line, built in 1963, has been estimated to supply the east coast of the United States with up to 40 percent of its gasoline supply. Colonial Pipeline initiated a shutdown of Line 1 within 20 minutes of receiving the report about a potential leak.
That section of pipeline remains closed. Eight days later, official estimates climbed to 336,000 gallons of lost gasoline. More than 700 people were working around the clock to dig up the pipe, plug the leak, clean up the old mining property south of Birmingham and restore supply.
With the flow of gasoline interrupted, the governors of six states have declared a state of emergency to allow truck drivers to work longer shifts to head off shortages at the pumps.
Gasoline is now being shipped by alternate routes throughout the southeast. Alternate pipelines are being used, and gasoline is even being shipped by tanker ship from Houston to New York.
Colonial announced Saturday the company will construct a temporary pipeline to bypass the spill site in hopes of restoring gasoline flows more quickly. No timetable was given for completing the bypass line.”
Gas stations in Alabama and Tennessee have reported outages of some or all grades of gasoline, and fears of outages sparked long lines at the pump in Nashville and other locations.
A Minit Man Shell station in West Huntsville had already run out of the least expensive gasoline by Thursday afternoon. And shortages were spreading in North Alabama.
A Raceway gas station on South Broad Street in Scottsboro ran out of gas around 2 p.m. on Friday, and the Wavaho gas station in Lacey’s Springs in Morgan County ran out of gas around 6 p.m. Prices have begun creeping up throughout the region, although Alabama law limits how much gas stations can increase prices during declared states of emergency.
And Gov. Robert Bentley earlier this week had already issued a warning against price gouging. He warned on Thursday “it is unlawful for any person within the State of Alabama to impose unconscionable prices for the sale of any commodity during the period of a declared State of Emergency.”
See link behind title for the rest of the story.
I see the possibility of The Perfect Storm brewing again as Major Urban Areas are ill-prepared to deal with The Fallout from Resource Restrictions. Gas Shortages amidst a Media Blackout equals stranded motorists, gridlock and abandoned vehicles — and, perhaps even the dreaded looting (Snowpocalypse 2014). The Public Relations firms, the Mad Men of this Era, hired by the owners of Colonial Pipeline, are no doubt working overtime to stifle, dismiss and marginalize this story in The Lamestream Media, and you know what — it looks like their efforts are working. Gee, I wonder why? I’ll tell you why. It’s because there is no longer an Independent Media in America. Via consolidation, The Media, Lamestream & Alernative, is pretty much owned by several Conglomerates that in no way represent your interests let alone care about your interests. When you see who owns Colonial Pipeline in a second, you’ll understand. And you should be livid, not that there’s much you and I can do about it at this point. If you’re bright enough to be livid, you’re part of a statistically immaterial minority. Most people, if The Lamestream Media‘s research and assumptions are correct and I believe they are, are more interested in inanity than substantial matters that directly affect their lives and quality of life.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Colonial Pipeline.
Aside from Koch Industries, the Colonial Pipeline, as you can see, is owned substantially by pension funds, foreign or otherwise (South Korea), and Hedge Funds (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts). What do we expect when Hedge Funds own vital infrastructure assets? As far as I’m concerned, Hedge Funds are as close to Evil as you can get. So close, in fact, they are Evil.
This gasoline pipeline is over fifty years old. It’s falling apart. It’s disintegrating. This is one leak of many to come in the next two decades, no doubt. And yet, as the following commenter from the linked AL.Com article above asserts, there is no indication that this pipeline is equipped with sensors to indicate a leak or rupture. In this case, Colonial Pipeline had to rely on the kindness, and nosiness (pun intended since he smelled the gasoline), of an Uppity Mine Inspector.
This story is not even Breaking News for The Lamestream Media but Donald Trump’s questioning The first Black POTUS‘s (or is it The Second Black POTUS‘s since Bill Clinton was the first?) credentials (BHO’s Birth Certificate) eight years ago when BHO was running for POTUS, is. Wow. Just Wow. That is Breaking News these days. Tomorrow, The Donald leaking gas from his ass will be Breaking News, no doubt, as hundreds of thousands stranded motorists in the Southeast listen in to The Donald‘s flatulence updates as they sit in their tiny metal boxes on wheels that have now been rendered useless. How could that be? I think we know how that can be. The News these days, and perhaps it was always this way to some extent, is not News — it’s Propaganda, and Propaganda isn’t concerned with reporting environmental disasters and resource restrictions that reflect negatively on The Shareholders Who Own The World. But it’s Breaking News at this venue. It’s The News that really matters. Because it’s a mirror — one we had better gaze deeply into before it’s too late, and I think it may already be too late, but I’ll keep holding it up and imploring you to gaze until it’s 100% clear to me it’s futility.
Meanwhile, back to the Election 2016 coverage, where, despite what many of you think & believe, both Trump and/or Hillary are perfectly FIT to be POTUS at this point in American History, and, I will add, perfectly appropriate to represent America on The World Stage. The Clown & The Criminal — too bad both can’t “serve” concomitantly. America’s both at this point — an unnerving notion when you consider America is still the most powerful & influential Nation in the World.
Now, back to The Bombs in NY & NJ and the stabbings in Minnesota. What great timing on those News Events. How convenient. Somehow these events are more News Worthy than the Nightmare unfolding in the Southeast from the pipeline leak. Curious, that. Not really (so curious). Bombings, Stabbings & Shootings pay dividends, quite literally and figuratively, whereas covering the gasoline pipeline leak/spill/rupture does the opposite (or should). One wonders if The Bombings are a purposeful diversion. If not, one day soon, really soon, it will be. Logic dictates it. It’s Common Sense.