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Rob Cooper, Russ Bedell, AJ Sulkowski & Mark Whitfield on PIR

(For correspondents’ job titles, please see the “Who’s Who” section at the Right-to-Know page.)

March 25, 2013 – Mark Whitfield Email to Rob Cooper, Russ Bedell, AJ Sulkowski:

“I was asked for the PIR number of the gas line from a citizen.  I think it is the Potential Impact Radius if there is an explosion.  Do you know what he is talking about?  And do you know the number?”

March 25 2013 – Rob Cooper Email to Mark Whitfield, Russ Bedell, AJ Suklowski:

“No idea.”

March 25, 2013 – Russ Bedell Email to Mark Whitfield, Rob Cooper, AJ Sulkowski:

“The PIR number is a criteria designed to address transmission lines typically operating above 30% of SMYS. It doesn’t apply to the distribution line we would install with this project.”

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March 15, 2013 – AJ Sulkowski Email to Amy Kerner:

“…since this will most likely be considered a transmission class pipe line the PUC could request Columbia to di[g] up a section to verify the wall thickness with in a few years…”

See also:

US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Office of Pipeline Safety Gas Integrity Management Inspection Manual Inspection Protocols With Supplemental Guidance, January 1, 2008


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2 thoughts on “Rob Cooper, Russ Bedell, AJ Sulkowski & Mark Whitfield on PIR

  1. Jack Matson on said:

    Gives the impression that Columbia Gas is composed of a bunch of bumblers or worse. How could they not know the PIR?

    • John Best on said:

      They knew the PIR, they just sidestepped having to disclose it by mis-classifying the proposed line as ‘distribution’ instead of ‘transmission’. A good lawyer is going to have a wonderful time with the discovery and deposition process with that aspect, ‘transmission’ vs. ‘distribution’, who suggested what and when and why. But the phrase ‘bumblers or worse’ makes one think. Incompetence or malevolence? I’m not sure if I’m more disgusted with a Borough employee who’s too afraid to stand up to OPP/Columbia, or one who somehow imagines there will be a payback.

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