Weather disrupts gas supply

Weather disrupts gas supply

There are 23 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Feb 4, 2011, titled Weather disrupts gas supply. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

New Mexico Gas customers are asked to be conservative with their heat after rolling power blackouts in west Texas caused a drop in gas pressure that led the company to shut off gas to about 300 Silver City residents and shut down area schools as well.

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Henry

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Feb 4, 2011
The Gas Co has known for over 40 years that the pipe lines that carry the gas were not sufficient. The only solution was to replace those lines which I believe were put in sometime in the 1920's. Of course, to install larger pipes would have cut into the profits they make. I am not just talking about Silver City but all of New Mexico and west Texas.
Edi

El Paso, TX

#2 Feb 4, 2011
School should also be canceled today!
west

Silver City, NM

#3 Feb 4, 2011
The weather???? Failed infrastructure!!!!!

Incompetence.
rrr

Silver City, NM

#5 Feb 4, 2011
Henry seems to know all about the age of piplines, and that the solution is to replace them. If that is the case then perhaps all the regulations that prohibit the replacement of the gas lines be relaxed to accomodate an affordable replacement project. Henry you do not seem to understand companies must make a profit or they cease to exist.
ral

Orlando, FL

#6 Feb 4, 2011
rrr: "companies must make a profit or they cease to exist."

I would suggest that that is precisely why utilities should be owned and run by the communities they serve.

Clean water, power & gas should not be run by for-profit corporations. The minute our health & well-being becomes driven by corporations, quality declines, people suffer and die, and someone becomes wealthy at the expense of the people dependent on the utilities.

How many people have to die unnecessarily before we stop accepting their deaths as the "cost of being profitable".

This is America - there is a never-ending supply of opportunities to accumulate wealth without using the well-being of citizens so a few can become obscenely wealthy.
Ed Pickel

Sioux City, IA

#7 Feb 4, 2011
There is no money to replace the gas lines. All the money is being held by the same people who got the Bush tax cuts. In a capitalist economic system, wealth tends to accumulate rather than spread out. That is why such a small percentage of the population controls such a large percentage of the wealth. Of course that small percentage will do anything, including selling this country down the drain to hold on to their accumulated wealth. They don't care that you are cold. They don.t care that you are hungry, and they certainly don.t care that your social security will run out in 2037. They are not your friends.
observer of Albuquerque

Phoenix, AZ

#8 Feb 4, 2011
In February of 2001 a 'Secret Energy Task Force' meeting was held in the people's White House. The people were not allowed to know who made plans for America's Energy, or what they planned. Enron was a result, gasoline hit it's highest prices,people couldn't afford to heat their homes, and small businesses collapsed. The refusal of Texas to maintain their pipelines which New Mexicans depend on clearly indicates a lack of concern for people and more concern for Profits. Record profits have been declared for Oil and Gas suppliers going back 10 years and people are poorer and now have no Gas supplied. How does that make any legal sense due to contract law, we've paid through the nose and they want a rate increase. Who speaks for the Citizens? Kirtland Air Force Base shut down due to lack of Gas, do we now put National Defense on hold while a few become Wealthier? Schools whose water lines have burst due to no Gas should be re-imbursed by the Gas Company since there are record Profits made by Energy suppliers. The Tax payers should not have to pay for Private Businesses failure to perform.
observer of Albuquerque

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Feb 4, 2011
rrr wrote:
Henry seems to know all about the age of piplines, and that the solution is to replace them. If that is the case then perhaps all the regulations that prohibit the replacement of the gas lines be relaxed to accomodate an affordable replacement project. Henry you do not seem to understand companies must make a profit or they cease to exist.
Which specific 'regulation' prohibits the maintenance and replacement of Gas lines? Existing 'right of ways' allow the Gas Companies to work on the pipelines, they have decided profit over maintenance is how they operate. That is not the consumers fault that the Gas Companies, who have Government Regulations to protect Profit, can't manage their own Privately owned businesses. Record Profits by the Energy Companies show they can afford to put some in Maintenance.
tex not Tex

Salt Lake City, UT

#10 Feb 4, 2011
west wrote:
The weather???? Failed infrastructure!!!!!
Incompetence.
Hit the nail on the head. We will always have 'weather'...the company refuses to up grade it's infrastructure, but keep all the prophets and pay outrageous income to unqualified people. China would just shoot 'em. That is what we need to do to some of these "Executives"....shoo t 'me in public! That will get the next batch of "executives" in line will it not?
tex not Tex

Salt Lake City, UT

#11 Feb 4, 2011
Oh, let's Blaine it on George Bush.
Buddie04

Santa Fe, NM

#12 Feb 4, 2011
The mayor was on TV last night concerning gas shortage and people who probably are at home with no heat and they need to make the best of it. I did not hear any compassion in his voice for the people of Alamogordo. Shame on you.
old man

Santa Fe, NM

#13 Feb 4, 2011
buy a wood stove and just shut up. I bet that the Mexicans on energy asst was only the ones that was upset.
Miep

Hobbs, NM

#14 Feb 4, 2011
Good comment.
ral wrote:
rrr: "companies must make a profit or they cease to exist."
I would suggest that that is precisely why utilities should be owned and run by the communities they serve.
Clean water, power & gas should not be run by for-profit corporations. The minute our health & well-being becomes driven by corporations, quality declines, people suffer and die, and someone becomes wealthy at the expense of the people dependent on the utilities.
How many people have to die unnecessarily before we stop accepting their deaths as the "cost of being profitable".
This is America - there is a never-ending supply of opportunities to accumulate wealth without using the well-being of citizens so a few can become obscenely wealthy.
sunny beaches

Englewood, CO

#17 Feb 5, 2011
when were gas supplies restored in Silver City?
fools knowledge

Salt Lake City, UT

#18 Feb 5, 2011
Al Reine wrote:
<quoted text>
I did already. Try to keep up.
It would appear that many people thinbk "capitalism" is also "evil". So I guess the solution is to turn the USA into the USSR or some socialist conpany. Sorry...but I don't think people want to be like Cuba or Greece.
You are so right, who wants to be a Greasy Cuba? Notice how EPNG is striping the BTUs out of the Natural Gas you buy? It cost you a few bucks more to heat your home each year, multiply that times number of EPNG customers, and they are screwing the crap out of you and getting rich doing it.
Eugene is knowleged

United States

#19 Feb 5, 2011
Al Reine wrote:
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Run by the communities. Meaning who? The local governments? Jose Gonzales that can't even figure out NOT to burn a space heater next to his curtains?
This IS America...not the USSR. We are NOT going to give up for-profit capitalism for some already failed system like Communism or Socialism. I bet you want the Nannycare Obamba has been pushing on us too. Go live in Greece or Cuba or Venezuela if you are that crazy about Socialism-Communism. Have you never seen the old photos of people freezing to death or starving to death while waiting for heat or food in the old Soviet Union?
Keep teling those dum hippies the way it is. They're to high on pot to know any truth to life. They all are suffering from brain calminations due to pot addictions.
Eugene is full of gin

Salt Lake City, UT

#20 Feb 5, 2011
You will have to excuse me, I'm full of gin. Wish I knew where I could "score" some good toke. mabye a 3 finger bag?
Eugene is Ayreshire

United States

#21 Feb 5, 2011
Eugene is full of gin wrote:
You will have to excuse me, I'm full of gin. Wish I knew where I could "score" some good toke. mabye a 3 finger bag?
Hippie, don'y pt them fingers in there, you stoned out hippie.
fools knowledge

Salt Lake City, UT

#22 Feb 6, 2011
Eugene is up and running....
tex not Tex

Salt Lake City, UT

#24 Feb 6, 2011
Eugene, go away, stick to the Pot post you alcoholic dickhead.

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