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Intel Briefing – September 2011


More companies than Exxon given violations for pipeline maintenance.
Several companies operating pipelines in Montana were cited for similar safety violations at the same time ExxonMobil received them for its Silvertip pipeline in 2009, which ruptured over the July 2 and 3 weekend and dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) cited the companies – including ConocoPhillips in Billings and Front Range Pipeline in Laurel – in 2009 for poor corrosion control. It also directed the companies to develop a better system for training employees on emergency response procedures for broken pipelines.

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Councilman mails fake bomb to self.
Police said a St. Francis, Minnesota city council member mailed himself a fake grenade to gain sympathy from constituents. The man was cited for filing a false police report after calling St. Francis officers the week of June 27 to report a suspicious package he received in the mail. He reportedly showed the officer a package postmarked from Chicago, Illinois in his mailbox. Police said the councilman told the officer he thought it was a bomb because “he was in politics and has a lot of enemies.” The council member insisted the officer open the package. And, when the officer declined, he ripped it open to reveal what looked like a real hand grenade. A note in the box said, “The next one will be real.” KARE 11 Minneapolis reported that when the man was interviewed by detectives, he admitted driving to Chicago and mailing himself the package to gain sympathy from the public.

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Study: Shop towels hold heavy metal risks.
A study commissioned by IKimberly Clark Corp. shows millions of U.S. manufacturing workers are unknowingly exposed to elevated levels of heavy metals through laundered shop towels. The study by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based environmental consulting firm Gradient builds on an analysis published in 2003 and concludes that, even after commercial laundering, the towels studied retain high levels of metals, which could result in exposure levels exceeding federal and state agency guidelines.

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