Lots of pipelines run throughout McHenry County.
About a week ago, work began in a field two hundred feet north of the Boone Creek Golf Course on Mason Hill Road and about 500 feet from Boone Creek.
The problem is located between Bull Valley and Mason Hill Roads.
A friend of McHenry County Blogs reports,
It is “the size of 10 parking spaces.
“It is half full of green water that looks like they pump out everyday as it fills up.”
Where is the pipeline problem?
One can clearly see where the pipeline runs on this Mapquest aerial image. Look at the line running from Northwest to the Southeast. The arrow is approximately where the pipeline repair is occurring.
A part of the U.S. Department of Transportation is the watch dog. Here is what I received from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration:
“According to the information you provided, the pipeline you ask about appears to be an Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership owned/operated line which transports crude oils from Superior, Wisconsin to Griffith, Indiana.
“PHMSA does not require pipeline operators to provide notice to the agency in advance of conducting routine repairs on a pipeline.
“In addition, depending on local laws, notifications may not be required to local authorities for routine repairs unless the operator is required to obtain a permit to conduct excavation activities to impact a roadway or other public owned infrastructure or facility.
“For more information about Enbridge pipelines, including past failures, visit the Operator Information page of our Stakeholder Communications website for Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership.”
I was referred to the Federal agency by Illinois EPA Emergency Response employee Kendra Dickerson.
She told me, “When companies work on pipelines they don’t have to notify the EPA. They coordinate with the Pipeline Safety and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.”