Natural gas explosion rocks Seattle, levels three buildings, injures 9 firefighters



Natural gas explosion rocks Seattle, levels three buildings, injures 9 firefighters

By Maria Stainer – The Washington Times – Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 A massive explosion in Seattle leveled three buildings and left nine firefighters injured on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

The explosion occurred in Greenwood, a Seattle neighborhood, in the early morning hours. The Associated Press said it was a natural gas explosion, and several residents were evacuated.

At least 17 fire vehicles were at the scene, NBC News said.

“I saw three buildings that were all leveled,” Josh Koolbaugh, who lives a couple of hundred feet away, told NBC News. “There’s nothing but rubble and bricks and there was a fire in the middle of the rubble. … It’s like something out of a movie.”

The Seattle Fire Department tweeted that of the nine firefighters who were injured, one was a battalion chief, and there are 67 fire department personnel on the scene.

PNM wants to pull plug on meters


The issue has generated static in other states that have adopted or are considering smart meters. Most of the concerns relate to alleged health risks.

Duke Energy’s plan to roll out two-way smart readers to its customers in North Carolina has prompted opposition from customers who claim they are highly sensitive to electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation and want nothing to do with the devices.

Duke is planning to propose an opt-out fee.

PNM wants to pull plug on meters

ACTION ALERT: REMOVE Smart Meter/Smart Grid Provisions from S. 2012

. 2012 is now before the Senate and will be voted on imminently.

“Introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the Energy Policy Modernization Act aims to help modernize the grid and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
Please contact your Senators and ask them to please REMOVE any provisions, including section 2305, for Smart Meter/Smart Grid Programs from Senate Bill 2012.  We DO NOT want Congress to fund and implement a Smart Meter/Smart Grid surveillance system over our cities and communities.
We, the people are opposed to any funding for these invasive and dangerous devices and the harmful microwave grid which will be constructed as a result of the implementation of these programs.
Please ask your Senators to remove all funding and provisions, section 2305, for a Smart Meter/Smart Grid system from S. 2012.   Please strike the federal smart meter/smart grid programs from S. 2012.
Thank you.
Please Forward.
Subject: Position paper on S. 2012
Current Federal law states that utilities can make their own voluntary smart grid programs. 
A new Senate bill, S. 2012, provides for federal development of smart grid programs. 
At first these programs will be voluntary, then they will be enforced.
 S. 2012 is now before the Senate and will be voted on imminently.
The U.S. Senate could take up bipartisan energy legislation this week, but there is still a long road ahead: dozens of amendments have been proposed, and at least one …
Section 2305 of the bill establishes the federal smart meter programs.
Please ask your Senators to strike all federal smart meter/smart grid programs, including section 2305, from S. 2012. 
        Smart grid projects by utilities were funded by federal grants and loans authorized by such bills as the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  However, Federal law does not mandate participation in the smart grid system. Federal law merely “encourages” a voluntary smart grid system.
        Federal support for the development of smart meter systems began with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub.L. 109-58, 119, Stat. 595, was supplemented with passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Pub.L. 110-140, 121 Stat. 1492, and was heavily funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115, which set aside $11 billion for creation of a smart grid.  The Energy Policy Act of 2005 very clearly establishes an optional standard by which utilities are required to make a time-variable rate structure (often accomplished with smart meters, but also with wired analog meters) available “upon customer request”:
              1. “Not later than 18 months after August 8, 2005, each electric utility shall offer
             each of its customer classes, and provide individual customers upon customer
             request, a time-based rate schedule under which the rate charged by the electric
             utility varies during different time periods and reflects the variance, if any, in the
             utility’s costs of generating and purchasing electricity at the wholesale level. The
             time-based rate schedule shall enable the electric consumer to manage energy use
             and cost through advanced metering and communications technology . . . . Each
             electric utility subject to subparagraph (A) shall provide each customer  
             requesting a time-based rate with a time-based meter capable of enabling the
             utility and customer to offer and receive such rate, respectively.”
16 U.S.C. §2621(d)(14)(A) and (C) (emphases added).  The optional nature of participation remained the same in the subsequent 2007 and 2009 legislation.
                      S. 2012… Section 2305. Voluntary Model Pathways.
              (1) ESTABLISHMENT. — Not later than 90 days after the date of
              enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall initiate the development of
              voluntary model pathways for modernizing the electric grid through a
              collaborative, public-private effort that –
                    (A) produces illustrative policy pathways that can be adapted for State
                    and regional applications by regulators and policymakers;…
              (2) OBJECTIVES. – The pathways established under paragraph (1) shall
              facilitate achievement of the following objectives:
                    (A) Near real-time situational awareness of the electric system.
                    (B) Data visualization.
                    (C) Advanced monitoring and control of the advanced electric grid…
              (3) STEERING COMMITTEE. – Not later than 90 days after the date of
              enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a steering committee to
              facilitate the development of the pathways under paragraph (1), to be
              composed of members appointed by the Secretary, consisting of persons
              with appropriate expertise representing a diverse range of interests in the 
              public, private and academic sectors, including representatives of –
                    (A) the Smart Grid Task Force; and
                    (B) the Smart Grid Advisory Committee.
  Please ask your Senators to strike all federal smart meter/smart grid programs, including section 2305, from S. 2012.