December 20, 2016

Las Placitas Association Board Members Dwight Patterson and David Haigh have discovered two exposed portions of active pipelines crossing creeks in Placitas last week while performing their first pipeline safety monitoring survey.

This exposed crude oil pipeline crosses a creek near Santa Anna Loop Road in Sundance Mesa subdivision.

Dwight and David made plans to survey the eight miles of pipelines in Placitas looking for exposed pipeline after hearing about another major pipeline spill last week in North Dakota that spilled 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a creek. What Dwight and David found so disturbing about this spill is that the pipeline operator did not know their pipeline was pouring thousands of gallons in a creek until a local resident discovered a river of crude flowing down a creek and called someone. Here is the headline that David found:
Company: Equipment didn’t detect North Dakota oil leak
Environment Associated Press · Bismarck, N.D. · Dec 12, 2016

Las Placitas Association (LPA) has been trying to find ways to make Placitas safer from the five pipelines running through Placitas for the past three years. There is another very dangerous exposed high pressure Natural Gas Liquids pipeline in a creek near Camino de la Rosa Castilla just west of Atole Way.

This seriously damaged pipeline is under 1500 pounds per square inch (psi) of liquid propane or Butane. This same NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) pipeline crosses 30 other creeks in Placitas. Please notice the large boulders on both sides of this pipeline in this creek. This is why LPA has lost their trust in Government regulators and the pipeline operators and is totally dedicated to pursuing all means necessary to get these dangerous pipelines relocated to a safer location.

Read LPA’s research and see more photos on our Resources page.

Exposed Pipelines in Placitas

One thought on “Exposed Pipelines in Placitas

  • March 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you Dwight for alerting us to this danger. Something really must be done about this!


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