Rockaway Pipeline Company Track Record of Fatalities.

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Williams Company, the 4th largest pipeline operator in the US, experienced 3 accidents in rapid succession between Feb-Apr 2014. Keep in mind that the Rockaway Pipeline was operational in April of 2016 and fully installed in 2013 shortly after Sandy. 

On May 15th, 2015 Williams had announced that it started flowing natural gas into New York City, Rockaway included of course.

“As we learned during Superstorm Sandy – and were harshly reminded during these past two record-setting cold winters – a reliable and resilient supply of energy is critical to the local New York and Long Island communities we serve,” said National Grid New York President Ken Daly. “National Grid’s partnership with Williams has enabled us to bring in the first new supply of clean natural gas in decades, which will allow us to meet the energy and environmental needs of customers for many years to come. This new pipeline builds upon our commitment to support the Rockaway communities, as we did in the aftermath of Sandy by awarding economic development grants to thousands of customers and local businesses, as well as rebuilding the entire Breezy Point gas network”, said Williams representative.

The following is a list of growing issues that Williams has had on record since 2003.


  • 2003 On May 1,
A 26-inch Williams Companies natural gas transmission pipeline failed near Lake Tapps, Washington. A neighboring elementary school, a supermarket, and 30 to 40 homes in approximately a 4-mile(6.4 km) area were evacuated. Land movement was suspected at first, but the failure was later determined to be from Stress corrosion cracking
  • 2008
 A 30-inch Williams Companies gas pipeline ruptured and gas ignited near Appomattox, Virginia on September 14. 2 homes were destroyed by the fire. External corrosion was the cause of the failure.
  • 2012, on March 5
Williams Partners subsidiary, the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. LLC fined $50,000 by PHMSA for failure to follow its own, internal policies related to controlling external corrosion in natural gas pipelines running through the New York City borough of Staten Island. 
  • 2012 On July 23
A compressor station operated by Williams Companies in Windsor, New York was venting gas in a “routine procedure”—during a lightning storm—when the vent was ignited by lightning, causing afireball “hundreds of feet into the air” 
  • 2013 On March 22
 A Williams Companies 24-inch gas gathering pipeline failed in Marshall County, WestVirginia.
  • 2013 Late night on May 14
 An explosion & fire hit a Williams Companies gas compressor station nearBrooklyn Township, Pennsylvania.
  • 2013, On May 30
Branchburg, NJ, Williams compressor station explosion, thirteen workers were injured, two seriously 
  • 2014 March
Williams Northwest Pipeline plant in Plymouth WA, an explosion in March injured five and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents and workers. Shrapnel from the explosion pierced aliquefied natural gas storage tank. A leak in the tank was eventually staunched, but neither Williams nor its federal regulator, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, has explained the cause of the explosion. 
  • 2014, February-March
 Sauvie Island – Portland Oregon, Three gas leak incidents at gas transfer station,  prompted at least three emergency releases of gas to relieve pressure in a pipeline, causing emergency responders in one case to evacuate nearby residents and close a school.
The company did not notify neighbors or proactively communicate with them about the ongoing problem at the facility for two months, despite repeated gas releases.
Federal safety inspectors did not visit the facility until repeated phone calls from The Oregonian and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., prompted the agency to deputize state regulators to inspect the facility. 
  • 2014 April
Williams gas processing facility in Opal WY, explosion and fire
forced the evacuation Wednesday of the nearby community of Opal and the closure of its gas operations.
Watch this video on one of Williams Pipeline explosions on ABC News.

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