Senators Warren and Markey submitted a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on June 21, 2017. In their letter, they ask for a risk assessment of the compressor, given its close proximity to the MWRA station and other facilities. This follows Congressman Lynch's recent letter to PHMSA.
FRRACS has been pushing this avenue for the past two and a half years. Though we've made many efforts to engage in conversation with PHMSA, they haven't been very responsive to our safety concerns. With this new letter from our Senators, we hope PHMSA will consider conducting a risk assessment.
Action Item: Let's keep up the pressure - Contact PHMSA!
Now that PHMSA has heard from Senators Warren and Markey and Congressman Lynch (a big thank you to them all!), they might be more willing to listen to us. Take a minute to call or email PHMSA and urge them to conduct a risk assessment of the compressor station.
Contact: Alan Mayberry, Associate Director - Phone: 202-366-4595; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can site Title 49 Section 192.163 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which concerns pipeline safety under PHMSA and states that a compressor station "must be far enough away from adjacent property, not under control of the operator, to minimize the possibility of fire being communicated to the compressor building from structures on adjacent property." The close proximity to the MWRA pumping station poses a serious risk to safety.