Petition Builds Calling On Navy and City to Fulfill Promises and Repair Pipeline
10 News is reporting that “more than 350 residents are petitioning the Navy and city leaders to repair, replace or remove a fuel pipeline that is nearly sixty years old.” They are fearful that the pipeline – if not repaired – will crack and burst, spilling fuel in their neighborhoods. And they are angry for the lack of action despite government promises to fix it – promises made for years.
Yet the Navy claims the pipeline is safe.
The fuel pipeline runs from the Point Loma Naval Base all the way out to Miramar Marine Air Station – a distance of 17 miles. The pipeline is nearly 60 years old.
Channel 10 has been following the story for several years. It reports that the line “has not had an ultra sonic inspection since 2008.” Their report continues:
That inspection revealed “55 cases of corrosion” and “575 incidences of metal loss” throughout the pipe.
In 2011, Team 10 began investigating how the Miramar pipeline was maintained and operated when erosion caused a section of the pipe to be unearthed along the Point Loma bay front in La Playa. The Navy covered the exposed section with tarps until it could be reburied.
“It was eroding in several locations,” City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said in early 2012. … (See the Navy’s full response to this Team 10 Investigation, Thursday on 10News at 5 p.m.)
Faulconer told the press recently that his views have not changed. He said:
“We need to move on this. We can’t afford any delays.”
Point Loma resident Jim Gilhooly, who News10 reports, has been helping to lead the petition gathering, has 45 years of experience in dealing with engineering fuel pipelines all over the world. He says:
“That pipeline is not safe. Actions speak louder than words.”
He told the news station that he has never seen an active fuel line safely used without major repair for longer than 30 years. The Miramar pipeline turns 60 next year. He questioned why no action has been taken to repair the pipeline.