Interstate pipelines are regulated by the Federal government by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
When a reader discovered pipeline digging in Bull Valley and sent me photos in late April, 2013, I couldn’t find anyone in a local government who knew anything about the work.
That might not sound important, but it seems to me that digging around a pipeline might lead to the need for some local emergency response in the worst case scenario.
As you can see from the above map, pipelines crisscross McHenry County.
Some, such as the one going through Cary along the Com Ed lines, are very old.
Some, like the one Lakehead built, are not much more than a decade old.
The really squiggly one is the one Lakehead constructed. It is not straight because the Illinois Commerce Commission did not give it condemnation power. (We can thank Merton Miller, a University of Chicago Nobel Laureate in Economics, for that. The original pipeline route went through his wife’s land. You can read the court case here.)
It didn’t hurt the landowners’ case that it also traversed then-State Rep. Ann Hughes’ family’s land.
So, what’s happening?
I started looking too late yesterday.