• Petitioned Crook County Commissioners

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Crook County Commissioners

Stop the planned route of the ONEOK Bakken Pipeline

    1. Petition by

      Steve Jones

      Jackson, WY

PETITION TO THE Crook County Commissioners

Regarding theONEOK Bakken Pipeline

 

We, the undersigned, Petition the Crook County Commissioners as follows:

 

1.      As County Commissioners, we ask that you exercise your responsibility in regard to the concerns of local stakeholders and to protect the public health and safety of the people of Crook County.  Your responsibility to evaluate the prudence, safety and planning for the ONEOK Bakken Pipeline is paramount in any decision you may make to issue right-of-way easements to ONEOK Bakken Pipeline.

 

2.      We, the undersigned, are concerned that not enough information has not been obtained for you to carefully evaluate whether the ONEOK Bakken Pipeline is safe and well-planned.

 

3.      We feel that it is unreasonable for ONEOK to expect that it can safely build and maintain a natural gas liquids or a crude oil pipeline in the current corridor.  We request that ONEOK seek a better pipeline route, and your help is needed to bring this to fruition.

 

4.      We believe that ONEOK has not conducted due diligence and that the pipeline route is poorly planned.  The Geological and Engineering Report that was promised by ONEOK since February of 2012 was only received from ONEOK on June 26th of 2012.  This document raises more questions than it answers and we feel the Commissioners should not act to allow any right-of-ways or easement requests until the report has been thoroughly evaluated by an independent, competent pipeline engineer and/or geologist.

 

5.      Pending issues associated with this pipeline and its current route include:

a.       ONEOK admits that its leak detection system cannot detect leaks from the pipeline of less than 10 barrels per hour (or ~ 7 gallons per minute).  This would be a leak of 420 barrels per day, which cannot be detected.  Caution in pipeline placement, routing and construction is therefore paramount in allowing this project to go forward, since leak detection systems are inadequate.

b.      The pipeline route will cross areas with high risks of developing sinkholes, and risks of landslides occurring.  Better routes exist that could avoid these geologically unsound areas.

c.       Groundwater and surface water contamination is a concern due to the unstable geology of the pipeline route and potential toxicity of the drilling fluid additives.

d.      Pipeline corrosion may be enhanced by the local soil chemistry composition.  More research needs to be done to assure that the corrosion coating for this pipeline is appropriate.

e.       The report issued by ONEOK only covers the pipeline route south of I-90, and the geologic hazards north of I -90 have not been thoroughly evaluated.

 

6.      As local stakeholders, we feel that more time is needed before any action is taken by the Crook County Commissioners to allow right of way easements, due to the lack of information compiled thus far and the need to evaluate the statements of the company by an independent engineer or geologist.

 

7.      Careful due diligence is needed to ensure that public health and safety will be protected in Crook County before any action is taken.

We, therefore, request that the Crook County Commissioners do all of the following before taking any action on any right of way easements for the ONEOK Bakken Pipeline:

 

A.    Appoint or hire an expert geologist and/or engineer to evaluate and conduct an independent review of the proposed pipeline; including the proposed routing of the pipeline in Crook County and whether any safety issues exist; and report back to the Commissioners with his/her expert opinion.

 

B.     Delay any action until such time as an independent assessment has been completed.

 

C.     Personally and thoroughly view, in the field, the pipeline route so that you can obtain a sufficient understanding of the hazards inherent in this dangerous and poorly planned pipeline route.

We, the undersigned, respectfully request the assistance of the Crook County Commissioners in preventing the ONEOK Bakken Pipeline from being constructed on its current route and pathway.  Based upon these concerns, we urge you, as Crook County’s last line of defense against this poorly planned pipeline, to reject any and all requests for pipeline easements and right-of-ways from ONEOK until such time as a more prudent pipeline route is planned through Crook County.

We, the undersigned, support the aforementioned concerns and recommendations to the Crook County Commissioners in regard to the ONEOK Bakken Pipeline: 

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Crook County Commissioners Meeting July 16, 2012 at 1:00

      Steve Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Just a reminder of the Crook County Commissioner’s meeting tomorrow (Monday) July 16 in the Court House in Sundance (probably the jury room) at 1:00 pm. Oneok representatives and concerned citizens will have about an hour with the commissioners. Please come to this meeting and let the commissioners realize the impact this pipeline could have on our ground water and how worried people are about this issue. If you haven’t already signed a petition that we are handing the commissioners at the meeting, come early as we will have them available in the lobby before 1: o’clock for signatures.

      Thanks to all of you for your support,

    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Ronda Fox GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      As a Crook County landowner I oppose this pipeline due to the possible adverse affects on the area's drinking water.

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    • Les Turgeon BEULAH, WY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am greatly concerned about our water and heaith and safety of our citizens.Oneok is not a trustworthy conpany.

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    • Dana Mann-Tavegia OSAGE, WY
      • over 2 years ago

      The geological status of the route planned for this pipeline makes it dangerous for both Crook and Northern Weston Counties. It is irresponsible for ONEOK to put so many people, and our lands, in danger solely for their profit, and at very little benefit to the citizens of Wyoming. It is North Dakota gas, going to be processed in Kansas City, and then being shipped southward, and possibly out of the United States.

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