Intel Brief

Oil spill worse than initially thought.

Enbridge Energy, Inc. officials reported January 14 that 15,330 gallons of crude oil leaked from a 22-inch pipeline near Everton, Missouri, forcing officials to shut down Highway M in Lawrence County while crews from Enbridge and the State Department of Natural Resources worked to clean up the spill.

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33,000 customers without power in Texas.

Severe storms caused roughly 33,000 Oncor Electric Delivery Company customers in central and north Texas to lose power and caused flights into and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to be delayed more than 2 hours January 15.

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Oklahoma truck bed manufacturer fined $535K for putting workers at risk, as OSHA inspectors identify 30 safety, health violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., doing business as CM Truck Beds, with 20 serious, 1 willful, and 3 repeated violations January 13 following a July 2016 investigation at the Kingston, Oklahoma facility which revealed that the company failed to properly label chemicals, ensure safe use of powered industrial trucks, and properly store compressed gas tanks, among other violations. Proposed fines total $535,411.

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Oregon transportation department investigating after MAX train derailment.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is investigating after a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) train switching from the Blue Line to the Yellow Line in Portland derailed January 13 due to ice, causing Blue Line service to stop for several hours. No injuries were reported.

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100K gallons of sewage overflows in Jamestown Township.

The Jamestown Water and Sewer Department in Michigan reported January 16 that an estimated 100,800 gallons of sewage overflowed into a nearby creek after severe winds reportedly caused power to the lift station to experience a shock that disabled one of the pumps and prevented the lift station from working properly. Crews applied lime to the impacted area to kill any biological pathogens and officials stated that the affected pump controls have been repaired and the lift station is back in operation.

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2,000-gallon sewage spill at California Men’s Colony affects Chorro Creek.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department in California reported that around 2,000 gallons of sewage leaked from a manway into a storm drain at California Men’s Colony (CMC) and Chorro Creek January 14, likely due to a sewer system blockage. CMC Correctional Wastewater Treatment Plant officials responded to the spill and disinfected the impacted area.

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Chicago weather: South Shore passengers stuck for more than 5 hours.

Service on the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s South Shore Line was suspended for several hours January 12 after passengers were stuck on a South Shore train for more than 5 hours when ice on an overhead wire and on the tracks prevented the train from making it over a hill west of the Hegewisch station. The inclement weather also prompted more than 50 flight cancellations and delays at Chicago’s airports, and forced the closure of several area highways.

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Cold Creek sewage spill update.

The Siskiyou County Community Development Department in California was notified January 11 that an estimated 1.3 million gallons of untreated sewage escaped into Cold Creek due to a break in a main sewer line. Work crews are installing a bypass pump system to prevent any subsequent wastewater loss and expect the repair to take up to 2 weeks.

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Snow is likely cause of Breckenridge roof collapse.

The roof of the Village at Breckenridge resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, collapsed January 11 and prompted officials to evacuate roughly 70 families until further notice. No injuries were reported and authorities believe heavy snow accumulation caused the collapse.

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PGE reports about 9,000 customers without power.

Around 9,000 Portland General Electric customers were without power until further notice January 11 after a snowstorm knocked out service to over 40,000 people in Portland, Oregon.

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More than 100 evacuated after Asbury Park gas leak.

Over 100 people evacuated an Asbury Park, New Jersey neighborhood January 10 after a contractor struck a 2-inch main gas line and caused natural gas to leak for more than 2 hours. No injuries were reported.

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Rockville Road lanes open, northbound I- 465 still closed after bridge damaged.

Officials in Indianapolis reported that the northbound lanes of Interstate 465 on the west side of the city will be closed for several days after a semi-truck carrying equipment used to compact cars crashed into an overpass January 10, causing the Rockville Road bridge to partially collapse, damaging several other vehicles, and injuring one person.

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SEC: Port Authority omitted risks to investors in roadway projects.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced January 10 that the Port Authority of

New York and New Jersey agreed to pay a $400,000 penalty and admit wrongdoing after it offered and sold $2.3 billion worth of bonds to roadway project investors without informing the investors that certain projects listed in the offering documents were outside its mandate and potentially illegal to pursue.

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Skyway Bridge lanes reopen after crashes.

The northbound lanes of the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida, were closed for more than 3 hours January 10 after a crash involving a dump truck and another vehicle that caused the dump truck to spill its load of dirt on the bridge. The southbound lanes of the bridge were also temporarily closed January 10 due to a separate crash.

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PC breaks ground on wastewater plant.

Construction began January 10 on the new, $34 million St. Andrews Wastewater Treatment Plant in Panama City, Florida, which will increase processing capacity from 5 million to 7.5 million gallons per day and reduce the amount of nutrients in the treated effluent, among other enhancements. Officials expect the plant to be completed in 2019.

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Burst water pipe forces Mascoutah civic center to close.

The Leu Civic Center in Mascoutah, Illinois, was closed until further notice January 9 after a water pipe in the gym area burst due to cold weather the weekend of January 7.

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Rockville Road lanes open, northbound I-465 still closed after bridge damaged.

Officials in Indianapolis reported that the northbound lanes of Interstate 465 on the west side of the city will be closed for several days after a semi-truck carrying equipment used to compact cars crashed into an overpass January 10, causing the Rockville Road bridge to partially collapse, damaging several other vehicles, and injuring one person.

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Justice Department announces findings of investigation into Chicago police department.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced January 13 that it found reasonable cause to believe the ChicagoPolice Department (CPD) engages in a pattern of using unnecessary and avoidable force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution after initiating an investigation into the department in December 2015. The investigation found that CPD’s pattern of unconstitutional force was caused by deficiencies in its accountability systems, how the department investigates use of force, and how it responds to allegations of misconduct, among other shortfalls.

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Hurricane-force winds down trees, topple trucks and prompt outages around Colorado Springs.

Around 11,500 Colorado Springs Utilities customers in Colorado remained without power January 10 after near-hurricane force winds caused roughly 20,000 people to lose power January 9.

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Water spill causes delays on eight subway lines.

Eight Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) train lines in New York were delayed for about 3 hours January 9 after an ice-blocked water main at the West Fourth Street – Washington Square station caused water to spill out onto the tracks, prompting MTA officials to temporarily cut power.

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