Monday, April 10, 2017

ANOTHER oil pipeline leak in Alabama. When is Bentley out of there?

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (click here) speaks to the media during a news conference, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. Bentley issued a state of emergency in Alabama after a pipeline spill near Helena, Ala. Gas prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising fears that the disruptions could become more widespread. 

Sorry, the article is today, the speech was September 19, 2016. I can't believe Bentley is still there. He must not have any job offers.

April 10, 2017
By Katie Serena and Sophia Tesfaye

More than one year after the Alabama Republican Assembly called for Republican Governor Robert Bentley’s resignation, impeachment hearings against the governor began on Monday in the Alabama State House.

The embattled 74-year-old GOP governor has pledged to stay in office as the impeachment hearings — the first of its kind in Alabama history — kick off this week.

“I have done nothing illegal,” Bentley said at a press conference at the capitol on Friday. “If the people want to know if I misused state resources, the answer is simply no, I have not.”...

No one looking for a lobbyist, huh? That is about the only thing anyone will remotely think Bentley is qualified for, but, the Republicans in DC will probably bolt the door to avoid him.

September 16, 2016

Residents of the communities (click here) nearest to the site of a Shelby County pipeline leak that has released more than 250,000 gallons of gas into the environment say they are worried about the potential for the gas to cause damage to their health and homes.
Hours after Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency for Alabama on Thursday, multiple neighbors of the William R. Ireland Sr. Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area told that they worry that the gas leak could have direct impacts on their lives.

Billy McDanal owns a house on a 3.5-acre piece of land less than 500 yards from the edge of the Wildlife Management Area in the Fox Valley Highlands subdivision in the small community of Maylene. He and his son have hunted, hiked and ridden four-wheelers throughout the management area and its surroundings for over a decade....

Then two weeks later.

Helena, Ala. - Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline (click here) has shut down its main line at a site in Alabama after an explosion.

Investigators say the explosion hit around 3:30 p.m. Monday after machinery hit the pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama.

One person died and at least five others were injured in the blast.

Channel 2's Aaron Diamant is as close to the scene of the blast as authorities will allow. He reports a massive response underway as crew work to put out the fire a day after the explosion.

Channel 2's Jim Strickland obtained internal information from Colonial Pipeline showing one pipeline has resumed operations as of midnight. That pipeline contains diesel, jet fuel and home heating oil....

That is why when I first looked at "Slate" and the title to the picture was state of emergency, I thought, AGAIN!

If Bentley resigns he may still be able to collect his pension and won't be homeless standing on the corner with a tin cup.