Kinder Morgan releases maps of homes that could be incinerated should its pipeline rupture

16 Aug

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

They call it the “incineration zone,” and it’s a phrase used for the area near a high-pressure gas pipeline that would face total devastation should the pipeline rupture.

Well, Peabody, we now know which specific homes are directly in harm’s way should the 24-inch line proposed by Texas-based energy giant Kinder Morgan rupture.

KM, which has a notoriously horrendous safety record, has released drawings showing the homes along Glen Drive that would be most-effected by its disruptive and dangerous project, which will transport gas that won’t be of any benefit to Peabody residents. The maps show homes that are located within 25 feet of the proposed easement, and I’m told the maps may be missing several homes. And even if homeowners aren’t concerned about an accident, think about this: Heavy machinery and equipment will be disturbing your peace from 25 feet away while they do the construction.

See the drawings below. I count more than 20 homes directly affected. These maps don’t show hundreds more Peabody homes in the Glen Drive neighborhood, which could be impacted too.

Here are the homes closest to the proposed pipeline path from Google Earth. Click on the photo for a larger view:

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For residents who live in other towns along the so-called laterals, here’s the link to all of the maps released to show where homes lie in harm’s way. ALSO, for Peabody residents, maps display a lot larger if you click on the link and scroll down to the Peabody maps.

IF YOU LIVE IN ANY OF THESE HOMES on Glen Drive, please continue to deny access to your property to Kinder Morgan surveyors. Send a copy of this form to the company and one copy to the Peabody Police Department. If KM tries to come on your property after that, the advice is that you have those surveyors arrested, and that you press charges for trespassing.

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15 Responses to “Kinder Morgan releases maps of homes that could be incinerated should its pipeline rupture”

  1. The General August 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Is it just the Glen Dr neighborhood? It’s hard to tell on these maps what’s what… Since I’m using a mobile device. Do we have access to the street names/addresses?

    • Bob Croce August 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      So far, they’ve only released maps showing Glen Drive.

      • Janice Patrizz August 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

        Where is Glen Drive ? Please

      • Anonymous August 21, 2015 at 4:07 am #

        well, just where IS Glen Drive anyway? our family has been asked to sign documents related to land we own in Texas by this company – is it down there?

  2. ANGELO NARGI August 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    PERHAPS THE MAYORS OFFICE AND CONGRESSMAN MOULTON, SENATORS WAHOO AND SNERDLY MAY OFFER DIRECT HELP TO STOP ALL THIS NONSENSE AND GET LARGE ENOUGH COPIES OF THESE MAPS INTO THE PRESS OR POSTED IN CITY HALL SO THE PUBLIC TAXPAYERS CAN SEE THEM.

  3. Rob Douglas August 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Kinder Morgan is also downplaying the radius of the incineration zone. 100′ may be the incineration zone for the initial explosion, but from past research I have done homes up to 500′ from the blast would also be burned to the ground. Research ‘San Bruno Gas Pipeline Explosion’ on wikipedia to get an idea of what the real incineration zone is. 35 homes were burned to the ground in that explosion. Also consider this, KM is only showing the map up to near the intersection of Rt. 1 and 114, the end of the Peabody Lateral, what about all the houses it will pass on it’s way to the ocean in Beverly that haven’t even been disclosed by KM? How about full disclosure KM?? They know the route but are hiding it from unsuspecting homeowners in Danvers and Beverly that won’t know about this till it’s already approved by FERC? This is blatantly dishonest by KM!

    • anonymous August 16, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

      It’s really pretty amazing that they don’t have to publicize the entire route before getting approval.

  4. Barbara guillette August 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    I sent you a few messages I think are important to your cause, it clarifies the problem. Read the translation and of course always follow the money who stands to make money off this? Do you Know anyone who has an older pickup for sale cheap or free? Keep me in mind. Thanks

  5. Michael Holmstrom August 18, 2015 at 3:15 am #

    It’s been almost 15 years to the day, where 12 people were killed when camping next to a gas transmission pipeline that failed in New Mexico. They were inside the incineration zone:

    http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/PAR0301.aspx

  6. Rob Douglas August 18, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Consider this, Elements of Eminent Domain:

    To exercise the power of eminent domain, the government must prove that the four elements set forth in the Fifth Amendment are present: (1) private property (2) must be taken (3) for public use (4) and with just compensation.

    From Wikipedia, Eminent Domain:

    “James Madison, who wrote the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, had a more moderate view, and struck a compromise that sought to at least protect property rights somewhat by explicitly mandating compensation and using the term “public use” rather than “public purpose,” “public interest”, or “public benefit”.[5]”

    There is a key difference from the main pipeline and the Lynnfield Lateral / Peabody Lateral, the latter is clearly the Export Pipeline portion of the project, taking the pipeline to Beverly where they will then ship the gas to Europe and South America. An export pipeline is NOT PUBLIC USE, and therefore any taking of private land for an export pipeline is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

    In my opinion, all private property owners who are facing land taking or property easements should file a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT to stop or at least postpone any construction until the facts are made clear!

  7. Anonymous August 18, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    I thought the calculation of the burn zone on a 30″ pipe equated to a 1400′ burn zone from the center of the pipe, meaning each side will incinerate 1400′. How dare they map an incineration zone and state it like it occurs everyday and it’s no big deal. they’re soul-less.

    • Rob Douglas August 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Here is a link to a chart that compares the pipeline diameter, pressure, and blast zone, if the link does not work cut and past to your browser:

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