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A2 o'- The Arlington Times Wednesday, byNevonn_eMCD@n!els ........................... But the cit is not stopping there. The Arlington Times Last week, the Arlington City Council gave Mayor Bob Kraski the authority to send letters supporting ARLINGTON -- Until three people died in a petrole- federal pipeline safety legislation now being intro- um pipeline explosion in Whatcom County last sum- duced by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Slade Gorton. meT, Arlington city officials didn't think too much That legislation would give states the authority to about the two petroleum pipelines running through regulate pipeline activities, improve inspection prac- the city. tices, expand the public's "right to know," improve Now they are paying closer attention, the quality of pipeline operators and increase funding The Arlington Fire Department has asked for and to improve safety. received a map that indicates the precise route of the In addition to supporting the federal Pipeline Safe- 30-year-old 16-inch and 20-inch pipelines that cross ty Act of 2000, city officials also are closely following the Stillaguamish River heading south along the west- proposed state laws on pipeline safety. The similar ern boundary of the airport and Smokey Point Boule- bills establish a pipeline safety office in the state and vard, then east across pasture land to SR9. an advisory group of city representatives. As of Mon- Before asking for the new maps and shut-off valve day, HB2420 and SB6441 remain in committee. locations, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Koontz said the Kraski said he and other city representatives have city only had a rough idea of where the pipeline was been attending the informational meetings offered and an emergency contact number, periodically by Olympic Pipeline and will continue to He said the city doesn't yet know when or if the do so until they are convinced the pipeline is safe. pipeline has been tested, or the results of that test. Pipeline neighbors in the Smokey Point area have "That's the piece of information that is taking the questioned whether the pipeline was inspected after a longest," Koontz said. sewer line was installed near the airport several years Olympic Pipeline is hosting a workshop on March ago. 15 to answer the inspection questions and to explain The mayor said he did not know, but is going to the process, insist that both pipelines be inspected. The company has been trying to reopen the Koontz said as far as he knows, the city has never pipeline that has been closed since the June 10 explo- had a problem with the pipeline. The company contin- sion in Whatcom Falls Park. In that case, the pipeline ues to inspect the pipeline by air once a week, looking company is alleging that during construction of a for signs of leakage and for construction work or Bellingham water treatment plant project five years other things that might damage the pipes. ago, workers damaged the pipeline and contributed to The petroleum pipeline is not the only high-pres- the deadly explosion, sure gas pipeline in the city. Cascade Natural Gas, The second pipeline that runs through Arlington also has a pipeline running through the Jensen Farm continues to be 'used to transport petroleum products developments, just south of downtown. including aviation fuel, diesel and gasoline. Koontz said representatives of the natural gas Koontz is planning to attend the pipeline integrity company stops by at least once a year to provide workshop, information and discuss potential problems. ' ~+:i!'i All jazzed up The saxophone section of the Post Middle School~ jazz band, the includes, from left, A.J. Swanson, Rikki Johnson, Dean Bradford, and Jared Scott. The ers provided preshow entertainment as the crowd gathered for Jazzmine[s weekend. Under direction of Jeff 'Jazz" Swanson, the musicians had people waiting to be seated for the show. The Jazzmine dinnershow continues this performances, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p,m. Sunday. Olympic alleges construction damage caused rupture BELLINGHAM -- Olympic rupture would not have occurred," Pipeline Company filed a motion in according to the complaint filed by Whatcom County Superior Court Olympic. The complaint alleges on Feb. 10 naming IMCO General IMCO damaged the pipeline and Construction Company as a third subsequently buried it without party defendant in the wrongful notifying Olympic. death suits brought against the According to court papers, company by the families of two IMCO was hired by the city of boys who died as a result of the Bellingham between 1993 and June lO gasoline leak and subse- 1995 to build a complex network quent fire in Whatcom Falls Park. of water storage and piping facili- "If Olympic's pipeline had not ties adjacent to the city's water been dented, gouged and scraped treatment plant in Whatcom Falls by IMCO's equipment, the June 10 Park. This construction activity Store STILLY THRIFT SHOP 360-658-4991 18218 Smokey Point Blvd. Clothing, Small Appliances, Pictures, Lamps, ,~, Linens, Sporting Goods, Tools, Toys, Small Furniture Items on Manager's OK ___ Please Ask. $ WINTER SALE $ Sweat Pants hours: Sweat Shirts & Blouses $5 Bag Sale Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. 10 am-4 pm Tues. & Fri. Donations Accepted Daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm 10 am -6pro extended over many months and several of the water and utility pipes cross directory over or under Olympic's pipeline. During excavation work in the area, the suit alleges that IMCO's equipment "repeatedly struck and damaged a segment of Olympic's pipeline." The complaint points out that while the damaged pipeline seg- ment was able to withstand the lower pressures to which it typical- ly was subjected during everyday operation, its damaged condition rendered it unable to withstand pressures for which it was designed and rated. The court filing asks that IMCO and up to four other unnamed defendants be required to pay all the costs Olympic might face as a result of the wrongful death suits (as well as any possible future civil suits); and costs of clean up. I New contract with Everett may be cancelled unless plans for regional shelter move ahead The Arlington Times staff ARLINGTON -- Arlington's stray animals may be out in the cold again in another three months. City officials received a phone call last week from the Everett animal shelter notifying them of a letter to be sent this week that was invoking a 90-day cancella- tion clause on the recently signed animal shelter ser- vice contract. The city signed the contract for animal shelter ser- vices with Everett after closing the city-operated shel- ter in January because of facilities conditions. That left the Everett shelter the only one left in the county taking in all varieties of stray animals. Some other animal shelters accept strays, but only under certain conditions. , ..... "[Everett] said theyW0uld=be discontinuihg the contracts with all the cities and the county if they didn't see significant movement toward the formation of a regional animal shelter," said Assistant City Administrator Kristin Hanson. During the brief phone conversation, the specific lined, she said. She is expecting included in the letter expected this If Everett does end the have to find another alternative A group of citizens has formed interested in reopening and mal' shelter. The problem, though, the building is to be reopened shelter, it must be brought up to dards. The city did agree to put meT shelter building to give the money. So far, she said, the nonprofit able to make much progress Similar results are being he~ regional facility. So far, there has action. Hanson said the city has been sentatives in the county e County Councilman,Rick Larsen. "There needs to be active parties involved." 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