Colarado's Oil and Gas Infrastructure Drowning in Climate-Driven Floodwaters
According to reports, massive flooding across Colorado over the last week is wreaking havoc with the state's oil and gas infrastructure as cresting rivers and heavy rainfall submerged drilling and storage facilities, allowing the release of fuel and toxic chemicals.
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#1 Sep 18, 2013
"With climate change experts saying the flood is a 500- or thousand-year event, they point out that the industry is not immune from the destruction its activities help generate."
or.. What goes around, comes around. The problem here is the dirty oil and gas operations in sensitive and vulnerable flood plains. The answer is simple. Green energy that has much less pollution potential. The bill from this storm may be enough to get it started.
#2 Sep 18, 2013
Strking pictures are emerging. Weakened lines would be easier to break under less powerful earthquakes:
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 14,000 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or greater occur worldwide each year; 700 of those occur in the continental United States and Alaska (see Figure 1). "If an earthquake occurs, high-pressure gas lines are one of the most important items to protect," said Steven Bartlett, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah. "If they rupture and ignite, you essentially have a large blowtorch, which can be catastrophic."
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