Overturned tanker carrying 2000 gallons of liquid explosive leaks into stream en route to First Wind project

Overturned tanker carrying 2000 gallons of liquid explosive leaks into stream en route to First Wind project

12/7/2010
(Vermont)
A truck carrying 18,000 pounds of explosive material went off New Duck Pond Road in Sheffield and rolled over Monday morning.
There were no injuries or explosions, but the road was shut down for most of the day.
The 2004 Mack bulk tanker operated by Jonathan Ingerson, 25, Whitehall, N.Y., was heading up a steep hill about 7 a.m. when it lost traction in snowy conditions and slid backward into a ditch before tipping over onto the driver's side.
The truck, owned by Maine Drilling of Blasting of Gardiner, Maine, was on its way to the Sheffield wind farm construction site with nearly 2,000 gallons of 1.5 blasting agent used for construction demolition. The tank was not ruptured in the crash, none of the explosive material leaked from the truck and there were no blasting caps on the truck.
Maine Drilling and Blasting officials say the material is a gooey liquid similar in texture to tapioca. They said the blend is so stable and posed so little risk of accidental explosion that the decision was made to just leave the blasting agent in the tank while two commercial wreckers pulled the truck from the ditch.
The truck did leak anti-freeze into a nearby stream. That leak was contained and cleaned up by the Sheffield-Wheelock Fire Department and the state hazardous material response team.
Vermont State Police said an investigation of the crash is being conducted by a Department of Motor Vehicles commercial vehicle inspector. The truck went off the road about a mile from its destination.

Maine Drilling and Blasting vice president Mitch Green was on the scene by 11 a.m. and said he was there to investigate the crash and to make sure the site was properly cleaned up.
"We take this very seriously," said Green.
The Sheffield-Wheelock Fire Department was initially dispatched to the scene at 7:15 a.m. after receiving a report of a rollover about half a mile north of the New Duck Pond/Old Duck Pond Road intersection near the Interstate 91 underpasses.
The dirt roads were slippery with a coating of fluffy new snow at the time of the crash and temperatures were around 30 degrees….
An emergency rescue van from the Lyndonville Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene. According to Lyndonville Fire Chief Greg Hopkins, the rescue van is well equipped to deal with haz-mat materials and was dispatched to stand by at the scene to assist the Sheffield-Wheelock Fire Department, if necessary. Another crew from the Lyndonville Fire Department stationed a fire truck and crew at the Sheffield-Wheelock fire station to cover for them. Sheffield-Wheelock firefighters cleared the scene just after 4:30 p.m.
The Sheffield wind farm is being developed by the Boston-based First Wind company. Maine Drilling and Blasting is a subcontractor on the project.
First Wind spokesman John Lamontagne said his understanding was that the truck slid on ice.

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on December 15, 2010 at 8:36pm

ice in maine oh no

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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