Saturday, April 14, 2007


Driving through my neighborhood today - A truck bearing a magnetic sign that says "Pipeline Leak Emergency Response".
Not what you want to see on an otherwise pleasant morning dogwalk.

On a related topic, petitions are now online and available for download at


Blogger Sam said...

Yes, we've seen a bunch for oil field trash lately, including the Spill Response boat from the General Land Office, too. If you have an opinion about all this natural has and oil exploration which is fixing to hit the local area, please come to see:

1) Eco-tourism followed by a meeting with Jerry Patterson on April 19 at the SPI Convention Center, starting at 1:00 and 4:30 respectively

2) Save the Laguna Madre, Club Padre, 5800 Padre Blvd, April 25, 6:30

As one person noted, it is perhaps not the exploration or drilling itself that could be bad, although we sure are sensitive about any new thing in the Laguna Madre, the traffic from the oil field trucks could be intense. Can you imagine if a rig is installed up the Island on the northern parts? Can you imagine the traffic through our little town? Port Isabel and Bayview, have an opinion?

12:50 PM  
Blogger MLeahy said...

What were they doing ? My understanding is that there are no natural gas lines on the island. Am I misinformed?


4:18 PM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

I dunno - the guy may have just been here on vacation but his sign gave me the heebie jeebies....

5:35 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Good comment Sandy Feet, as it is foreboding.

But there are some major gas and liquid product lines down here and don't kid yourselves. Yes, most of the natural gas wells have been cemented in and closed but the pipelines are still there! You can see these out by the Texaco line, Gas Flats, and other places in Laguna Madre.

These are "feeder" or gathering lines usually less than 12 inches in diameter and probably any new wells would have to be constructed with new ones. Duh, that's that we're all mad about, since new gathering lines would require miles and miles of trenching in the Laguna Madre bay. Obvously, the well-head has to be connected to a recieving plant for the product to be processed, right? Maybe I failed to say that earlier in the game. My bad.


9:58 PM  

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