Sept. 24, 2013: Our readers write

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Pipeline problems

I saw the Williams pipeline’s cheery ad in Sunday’s The News-Enterprise. Maybe instead of the ad copy there should be the caption “Head for the Hills.” 

That was the message on shirts worn by some of the pipeline’s protesters recently, a play on words from a Williams pipeline information sheet: “Actions to take in the event of a leak.” 

The material continues:

“In the event of a leak from an NGL pipeline, all forms of ignition must be turned off immediately.

“Do not smoke, do not turn on gas grills, do not start any kind of electrical motor or gas engine. Do not start cars or trucks. Do not turn on lights.

“If an NGL leak is suspected by a driver, turn off automobiles and do not drive into low points where a vapor cloud (colorless and odorless) may exist. Driving into a vicinity may cause an explosion.

“If an NGL leak is suspected, leave the area immediately on foot — up wind, uphill. 

“Do not start cars or trucks or operate machinery or apparatus.

“Call 911. Call the pipeline company and advise them of suspected leak location.”

Sister of Loretto Pauline Albin has been one of those protesting the so-called Bluegrass pipeline. As most of us know, the sisters’ property will not be used by the Williams company. The sisters continue to campaign against what the ad calls “Kentucky’s Opportunity.” 

The ad boasts of the pipeline, “Safe. Reliable. American.” 

Let’s not forget, the pipeline is not for natural gas, as some believe, but by-products. 

I love the photos in the ad: barns, fields, stables and a young, beautiful (farm?) family, which presumably is all in favor of or at least not in danger of anything from the pipeline. 

What these positive images have to do with transporting hazardous materials I don’t know.

Helen McCloy