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America’s pipeline network is used every day to transport products such as natural gas to homes, businesses and industrial facilities. According to the National Transportation Safety Board statistics, pipelines are the safest and most economical method of transporting products. CenterPoint Energy is committed to the safe and reliable operation of its pipelines in your community. CenterPoint Energy monitors the operations of our pipelines from our control centers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our pipelines are designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to the highest safety standards in accordance with all applicable Federal and State requirements. CenterPoint Energy maintains its safety record by routine inspections, corrosion protection, maintenance and testing programs, employee training and public education. Public education includes educational outreach with excavating contractors, emergency response officials, appropriate public officials and the affected public. CenterPoint Energy has developed and implemented integrity management programs for both distribution and transmission facilities to achieve or exceed requirements of pipeline regulations. The integrity management programs build on an existing foundation of pipeline safety regulations covering design, construction, testing, operation and maintenance, and include components such as system knowledge, threat identification, risk analysis and mitigation, evaluations, repair and improvements. In addition, CenterPoint Energy evaluates population densities along our transmission pipelines to determine High Consequence Areas. More details on CenterPoint Energy’s integrity management programs can be found at CenterPointEnergy.com.
You probably live and work near a pipeline
How can you tell where a pipeline is located?
Since most pipelines are buried underground, line markers are used to indicate their approximate location along the route. The markers can be found where a pipeline intersects a street, highway or railway. The markers display the material transported in the line, the name of the pipeline operator, and a telephone number where the operator can be reached in the event of an emergency. Local distribution pipelines are not typically identified with pipeline markers. A call to 811 will help identify the location of these pipelines.
Are pipeline markers always placed on top of the pipeline?
Markers indicate the general location of a pipeline. They cannot be relied upon to indicate the exact position of the pipeline. Also, the pipeline may not follow a straight course between markers. While markers are helpful in locating pipelines, they are limited in the information they provide. They provide no information, for example, on depth or number of pipelines in the vicinity.
Pipeline contents:
• Pipelines carry both gaseous and liquid materials under high pressure.
• Many liquids form gaseous vapor clouds when released into the air.
• Many pipelines contain colorless and odorless products.
• Some gases are lighter than air and will rise.
• Other heavier-than-air gases and liquids will stay near the ground and collect in low spots.
• All petroleum gases and liquids are flammable.
• Any pipeline leak can be potentially dangerous.
Natural gas:
• Is lighter than air
• Is not toxic
• Is odorless in its natural state
• Smells like rotten eggs when odorized
• Should not be confused with propane which is heavier than air
• Explosive or burning range is 5 percent to 15 percent gas to air mixture
• View Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for more information
Pipeline access and security
Pipeline right-of-ways must be kept free from structures and other obstructions to provide access to the pipeline for maintenance and in the event of an emergency. If a pipeline crosses your property, please do not plant trees or high shrubs on the rights-of-way. Do not dig, build, store or place anything near the rights-of-way without first having the pipeline marked and the rights-of-way staked. If you witness suspicious activity on a pipeline right-of-way, please report it to the authorities, or call your local CenterPoint Energy emergency number.
• Look – Persistent bubbling in standing water or discolored vegetation are signs of a possible leak around the pipeline area. A pool of liquid on the ground; a dense white cloud or fog; a slight mist of ice; or unexplained frozen ground near the pipeline are also signs of a possible leak.
• Listen – Listen for any unusual noise like a hissing or roaring sound.
• Smell – Notice any strange or unusual odor (the products will have a petroleum odor or smell like rotten eggs).
A pipeline emergency could be:
• A damaged pipeline
• Fire or explosion near or directly involving a pipeline or pipeline facility
• A natural disaster affecting the pipeline, such as earthquake, flood or soil erosion
• A leaking pipeline
Your first concern should be for personal safety and the safety of those around you:
You should:
• IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE AREA on foot, in an upwind direction away from the leak or vapor cloud and maintain a safe distance. Warn others to stay away from the leak. Abandon any equipment being used in or near the area.

Call your local CenterPoint Energy emergency number and give your name, the location and a description of the leak.
Do not:
• DO NOT create any sparks or heat sources which could ignite escaping gas or liquids.
• DO NOT start a car, turn on or off any switches or light a match or cigarette.
• DO NOT attempt to operate any pipeline valves.
• DO NOT use a cell phone while near the suspected emergency area.
• DO NOT drive into or near a leak or vapor cloud.
• DO NOT go into a leak or vapor cloud to turn off equipment.
Take steps to safeguard the public in the event of a pipeline emergency. The following suggestions are offered as a guide:
• Secure the area around the leak to a safe distance. This could include the evacuation of people from homes, businesses, schools and other locations, as well as the erection of barricades and similar precautions to control access to the emergency site.
• Contact the pipeline company as quickly as possible. Pipeline marker signs show the pipeline company’s name, emergency telephone number and pipeline contents.
• If the pipeline leak is not burning, take steps to prevent ignition. This includes prohibiting smoking, rerouting traffic and shutting off the electricity.
• If the pipeline is burning, try to prevent the spread of fire but do not attempt to extinguish it. If the fire is extinguished, gas or vapor will collect and could explode when reignited by secondary fires.
CenterPoint Energy’s actions during an emergency
CenterPoint Energy personnel are trained to work within the Unified Incident Command System. Our qualified personnel are trained in emergency response activities and regularly receive refresher training reflecting various types of response levels and emergency scenarios. We will immediately dispatch personnel to the site to help handle the emergency and provide information to public safety officials to aid in their response. We will also take the necessary operating actions to minimize the impact of the emergency. Public safety personnel and other unauthorized personnel should not attempt to operate any of the valves on the pipeline. Improper operation of the pipeline valves could make the situation worse and cause other accidents to happen. To view and download maps of transmission pipelines in your county, see the National Pipeline Mapping System website http://www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov, an online mapping program managed by the federal government.
If your company does excavation work or if you are a homeowner or farmer who occasionally digs on your property, we need your help in preventing pipeline emergencies. Records show that damage from excavation-related activities, particularly from equipment digging into pipelines, is the leading cause of pipeline accidents. Without proper coordination, excavation activities in the vicinity of underground pipelines can result in very dangerous situations.
Dig Safely
CenterPoint Energy
For your safety, state law requires you to call 811, the Call Before You Dig number, or your local One Call Center at least 48 hours (two working days) before you dig-drill-blast. Taking the time to call before you dig protects your safety by preventing serious accidents and injuries. It also helps prevent disruption of services and possible delay of your project.
What to do if you are digging and disturb a pipeline
Even if you cause what seems to be only minor damage to the pipeline, notify the pipeline company immediately. A gouge, scrape, dent or crease to the pipe or coating may cause a future break or leak. It is imperative that the pipeline company inspect and repair damage to the line. Many states have laws requiring damages to be reported to the facility owner and/or the One-Call Center by dialing 811. Do not attempt to make the repairs to the line yourself. If a line is ruptured or leaking, call 911.

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Did You Know – 09/21/2015


1.Scientists are planning to reanimate a 30,000 year old extinct virus found in the permafrost of Siberia to understand its origin and mod of evolution. If it can be easily revived the concern is that with the climate changing and the Siberian ground ice melting it could cause the virus to reawaken a more harmful virus. Found buried 30 meters ( 100 ft ) deep in the frozen solid this could be the second time that researchers will reawaken a prehistoric virus.



2. Japanese population is shrinking. Japan’s birth rate fell to a new record low in 2014, with data showing just over a million new births.

The estimated number of people who died in 2014 totaled 1.269 million, rising for the fifth year in a row.

The main causes for Japan’s population decline are both economic and social. More than twenty years of economic stagnation have seriously dampened any kind of optimism.

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3. Taco bell has a taco made completely from fried chicken. They recently introduced ‘naked crispy chicken taco’. 

There is only two locations in which it’s sold, one in Lost Hills, Calif., and the other in Bakersfield, Calif.

It’s a breaded white meat chicken shell filled with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, and avocado ranch sauce.

For me it sounds rather yummy



4. A device that reanimates organs taken from dead patients has shown promise in heart transplant surgeries.  The so-called “heart in a box” uses tubing and oxygen to pump blood and electrolytes into hearts from recently deceased patients, allowing the organs to continue functioning within a chamber. A  Massachusetts-based company, Transmedics said this system has been successfully deployed in at least 15 heart transplants in the UK and Australia, and is awaiting regulatory approval in the US.

Until now, hearts used for transplants have usually been extracted from brain-dead patients; those from dead patients have been considered too damaged. Once removed, the hearts are also stored and transported in cold temperatures to avoid rapid deterioration, though scientists have begun using devices like the “Heart in a Box’ to keep the organs warm and functioning. That, doctors say, could increase the pool of donated hearts by between 15 and 30 percent.



5. Reversible Destiny Lofts —founded by Shusaku Arakawa, a Japanese neo-Dadaist and associate of Marcel Duchamp, and Madeline Gins, an American poet with a background in physics and Eastern philosophy—has produced several homes and recreational sites designed to create a more robust body and mind. Chief among them are the Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo, a set of nine apartments built-in 1995 that come with instructions for use.

The lofts have spherical rooms, undulating concrete floors riddled with bumps, and candy-colored walls. Poles and ladders run from floor to ceiling in unexpected places and electrical outlets dangle from above. Each apartment resembles a playground designed without regard for child safety regulations.

The concept behind the unconventional design is that inhabitants will be forced to use their brains and bodies in unusual ways in order to navigate the space. There is no chance of settling into routines and rote (habitual repitition ) movements, because the challenging architecture makes it impossible. The goal is to never become comfortable—comfort, according to Reversible Destiny’s philosophy, means death


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Innovative Initiative !

An innovative initiative is taking place in the Philippines to bring sustainable lighting to homes in impoverished communities. Empty plastic bottles are installed in the roof, filled with water and bleach they refract sunlight. These “solar light bulbs” provide light equivalent to a 55watt light bulb. 

See How They Are Made

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Homesnap Scoop!

I am always amazed at the new technology that is becoming available to us.

Here is a new one to me called “Homesnap” which is a new App you can download to your IPhone.

This App is Unique in that it allows users to get any information on homes with just a picture. The information that you get is: Square footage, price estimate, number of rooms, interior pictures and get this it will give you the information on similar homes.

This App works all over the country and an option to contact the agent. I think this will revolutionize the way we buy houses. It certainly saves you the time and effort of chasing down the Agent for the information.
This App is FREE!

I for one am going to get this App.

You can read all about this App on http://www.sawbuck.com/homesnap/ and also iTunes Preview

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What’s Up Today – 1/18/2012

Would you not love it if your power bill was Zero Dollars?

Well it is possible. Two Orange County builders and Habitat for Humanity are building homes that are constructed in such a way it will be energy-efficient and the cost up front is not over the top.
So if you are about to build a new home this may well be worth looking into.

  • They are building houses that produce as much energy as they use. Resulting in Zero or extremely low energy bills.
  • They are equipped with solar panels,energy and water conserving designs.
  • Energy efficiency allows new homes to compete with cheaper resale housing.

So there are a lot of plus’s to this new concept when it comes to saving on your monthly energy bill.

For More information go to http://www.newtownbuilders.com/zero-energy-home/ or Google “energy-efficient homes” in your area.


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Another Good Reason To Watch What You Are Spending » Foreclosures 1M in 2010

This is an article from the Yahoo Finance which is very interesting. I don’t like negative news, but sometimes we need to be aware of what is happening and to consider our own financial position and how secure we are or not. We need to know that if we don’t take precautions and watch our spending, we could end up like thousands of others and be faced with a foreclosure.

Make savings whenever you can. Prepare yourself for the future.

Because ” If you don’t do different nothing will change

Homes lost to foreclosure on track for 1M in 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year, as lenders work their way through a huge backlog of borrowers who have fallen behind on their loans.

Nearly 528,000 homes were taken over by lenders in the first six months of the year, a rate that is on track to eclipse the more than 900,000 homes repossessed in 2009, according to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc., a foreclosure listing service.

“That would be unprecedented,” said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac.

By comparison, lenders have historically taken over about 100,000 homes a year, Sharga said.

The surge in home repossessions reflects the dynamic of a foreclosure crisis that has shown signs of leveling off in recent months, but remains a crippling drag on the housing market.

The pace at which new homes falling behind in payments and entering the foreclosure process has slowed as banks continue to let delinquent borrowers stay longer in their homes rather than adding to the glut of foreclosed properties on the market. At the same time, lenders have stepped up repossession in an effort to clear out the backlog of distressed inventory on their books.

The number of households facing foreclosure in the first half of the year climbed 8 percent versus the same period last year, but dropped 5 percent from the last six months of 2009, according to RealtyTrac, which tracks notices for defaults, scheduled home auctions and home repossessions.
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