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(News4Jax)   Utility pleads guilty to Domestic Terrorism. Bonus, who knew there was Pipeline Safety Act? Certainly not subby's wife   (news4jax.com) divider line
    More: Facepalm, Natural gas, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Federal Bureau of Investigation, utility company, series of natural gas explosions, Petroleum, Pipeline transport, Interstate 495  
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2492 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Feb 2020 at 3:31 PM (13 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-02-26 11:31:36 AM  
"Today's settlement is a sobering reminder that if you decide to put profits before public safety, you will pay the consequences," FBI Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said.

While $53 million is not trivial, it's less than a third of the other costs to the company. If a message has been sent, it is that careless planning can cost you close to $200 million in repairs and civil payments.
 
2020-02-26 3:33:16 PM  
Does Subby's wife, Morgan Fairchild, exist?
 
2020-02-26 3:33:32 PM  
Yeah, this will make them behave. Sure.
 
2020-02-26 3:33:56 PM  
I want to know how much jail time the company is facing.

/corporations are still people, right?
 
2020-02-26 3:34:47 PM  
Customers will see a new "service fee" in their bills to pay this.
 
2020-02-26 3:39:35 PM  
Homeowners see $14.23 settlement...
 
2020-02-26 3:44:47 PM  
"A series of class action lawsuits stemming from the explosions has settled for $143 million. The settlement awaits final approval from a judge."

I'm assuming that's $142 million for the lawyers, and $5,000 for each homeowner that got their sh*t blown up?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-02-26 3:55:10 PM  
 
2020-02-26 3:55:49 PM  

skyotter: I want to know how much jail time the company is facing.

/corporations are still people, right?


Like the bumper sticker says - "I'll believe that corporations are people as soon as Texas executes one"
 
2020-02-26 4:01:35 PM  
They'll just take that $53M out of their workers' retirement packages.

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2020-02-26 4:04:04 PM  

ZAZ: "Today's settlement is a sobering reminder that if you decide to put profits before public safety, you will pay the consequences," FBI Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said.

While $53 million is not trivial, it's less than a third of the other costs to the company. If a message has been sent, it is that careless planning can cost you close to $200 million in repairs and civil payments.


I've no time to manipulate pixels right now, so I'll try to manipulate your imagination instead...

Picture a sandy dune stretching side-to-side in the foreground, meeting to a sea at about mid image.  The sea disappears to meet a dark, stormy sky at the horizon, where a waterspout is twisting in the distance.  Lightning behind clouds makes an ominous contrast in the sky.  In the water are many corpses floating, while an almost continuous line of them have washed up on the shore.  In the sand, various bones lie mostly buried.

Atop the dune stands an android with its back to us, facing the water and the corpses while reading from a scroll:

"Today is a sobering reminder that if you decide to put profits before public safety, you will pay the consequences"
 
2020-02-26 4:05:34 PM  
And not a single CEO or executive facing jail time....

*this* is why the revolution will happen
 
2020-02-26 5:00:53 PM  

Cyber_Junk: And not a single CEO or executive facing jail time....

*this* is why the revolution will happen


Or the wrong amount of police shenanigans at the wrong place at the wrong time, or voting shenanigans (that has happened - Athens, Tenn), or a bad trial outcome after the police shenanigans, etc.  Or more wall st/banking shenanigans, or massive medicare other other retirement screwups. Heck even a large natural disaster (with the screwups from Katrina magnified and more wide spread) could do it.
 
2020-02-26 5:27:48 PM  

ZAZ: "Today's settlement is a sobering reminder that if you decide to put profits before public safety, you will pay the consequences," FBI Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said.

While $53 million is not trivial, it's less than a third of the other costs to the company. If a message has been sent, it is that careless planning can cost you close to $200 million in repairs and civil payments.


You would think....
...that a low pressure pipeline might have some kind of overpressure relief system in case the pressure regulation system failed.

Apparently not. And the company seems to have been staffed by overpaid beancounters and under trained monkeys.
 
2020-02-26 6:53:39 PM  

Cyber_Junk: And not a single CEO or executive facing jail time....

*this* is why the revolution will happen


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2020-02-26 7:43:27 PM  
That's not true.I was just laying pipe with her this afternoon, and she made sure I wore texturized rubber when working in a slippery area.
 
2020-02-26 7:48:51 PM  

Truck Fump: ZAZ: "Today's settlement is a sobering reminder that if you decide to put profits before public safety, you will pay the consequences," FBI Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said.

While $53 million is not trivial, it's less than a third of the other costs to the company. If a message has been sent, it is that careless planning can cost you close to $200 million in repairs and civil payments.

You would think....
...that a low pressure pipeline might have some kind of overpressure relief system in case the pressure regulation system failed.

Apparently not. And the company seems to have been staffed by overpaid beancounters and under trained monkeys.


Good question, sounds like they replaced the pressure control and relief system.  The new system had not been set up properly.
 
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