Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Recently, mainstream media put an important bit of info about a local disaster on blast:

JJ’s explosion update: Heartland Midwest digging without permit

Mainstream media reports reveal that the company is mum about their role in the disaster.

"On Monday, an employee at Heartland Midwest referred all questions to company spokesman Bill Russell. But when we told Mr. Russell why we were calling, he said he was busy and hung up the phone."

It gets worse . . .


Repeat the research and draw your own conclusions . . .


We've hit refresh more than a few times and nothing comes up . . .

Here's the page all last night and at the time of this posting:

And so, as the snow continues come down there are many who believe that that the streets in Kansas City aren't the only thing getting covered up.

Photo hottie: Jo Garcia



Anonymous said...


Johnson County companies are constantly trying to destroy Kansas City, Missouri.

Anonymous said...

Will they find a new host in Costa Rica?

Anonymous said...

Could it be that their server is offline?

Anonymous said...

Could it be that their server is offline?

Tuluride said...

Info on Raymond Lee Chapman

Raymond Lee Chapman is associated with Heartland Midwest L.L.C. and holds several roles such as Manager , Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer. Raymond Lee Chapman has 2 known relationships including Doug Trott and Doug Wittman and is located in Olathe, KS.


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Anonymous said...

Did Mayor Sly give this to you TKC? he is anxious to take the heat off the kcfd on this one.

Hitting a gas line is one thing but failing to evacuate is another.

Anonymous said...

I agree with @916. Digging into underground lines and pipes is something that happens from time to time. KCFD was notified an hour prior to the explosion and should have evacuated the area. A quick check of the internet revealed the following protocol to follow when a gas leak is suspected:

What To Do If You Smell Natural Gas

If you smell natural gas and suspect a small natural gas leak in your home, take the following steps:

Open all doors and windows.
If possible, check to see if appliance burners are fully off and pilot lights (if any) are lit.

Call Pensacola Energy Emergency Services at 850-474-5300 for assistance.

If the odor inside is strong and you think you may have a large natural gas leak,

follow these instructions:
Do not try to find the leak source or turn off valves or appliances.

Do not operate any electrical, battery, or mechanical devices (including phones).

Leave the premises and take all occupants with you.

Call Pensacola Energy Emergency Services from a safe location at 850-474-5300.

Do not re-enter the building until it has been made safe.

If you detect an odor of natural gas outside, take these steps:

Stay away from the suspected leak area.

Call Pensacola Energy Emergency Services from a safe location at 850-474-5300.

Energy Services of Pensacola's emergency service personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

The bottom line is that trained professionals failed to protect citizens.

Anonymous said...

Did they call Digright before they dug?

Anonymous said...

9:16 AM - you are right on target.

Anonymous said...

this stil doesnt excuse the mishap of the fire dept. they have those fans on the trucks that should have been in place and the people evacuated i have never heard of the fire dept defer to any other utility in kc. so as far as im concerned the fire dept is at least 50 percent liability and the fire captain that ordered the fire truck back to the station should be fired also

Anonymous said...

11:32, what do you mean you have never heard the f.d. has never deferred a scene over to a utility?! It happens everyday, you moron. When there is a water main break, the fire dept. responds and turns it over to the water dept.. When there is a gas leak, the fire dept. responds and calls the gas company. The gas company meters the area and tells the fire dept. if it is ok or not. The gas company told the fire dept. that they had it under control. Why didn't the contracting company call anyone after they hit the line around 1:30 p.m..? Instead, the fire dept. was called around 5:00. This all could have been avoided if the contractor called right after they hit the line. Instead they let the buildings get filled up with gas until it found an ignition source. Yes, I am a firefighter for South Platte and we do the same thing as KCFD does when it comes to utility protocols. It could have been prevented around 1:30 p.m.. The contracting company had no permit and was trying to hide the fact that they didn't have a permit to dig.

Anonymous said...

12:30, you forgot about KCP&L. When power lines are down, the fire dept is called and the power company takes the scene over. I'm sure people think that firefighter are gonna touch power lines with their bare hands.

Anonymous said...

In both the water and electrical scenarios, the fire department only clears the call when the publuc safety threat (e.g. fire, explosion) has been eliminated. As long as there is a threat to public safety, FD stays on the scene.

Anonymous said...

KCP&L doesn't take over the scene, jerk off. FD is in control of the scene while the line is down and live.

Anonymous said...

We have only just begun to see the buck passing on this event. Trust me everyone who was there is going to be pointing fingers at the other guy screaming "It's all his fault"

Anonymous said...


Because you know multiple lawsuits are coming....Heartland Midwest, LLC....that's LLC (limited liability company) will declare bankruptcy or simply close their doors. The question then becomes "are companies such as these required to carry liability insurance?"

My understanding is, Heartland Midwest LLC was acting as a subcontractor for MGE, so ultimately MGE could be held liable for any negligence of their subcontractors faulty work or failure to adequately insure, etc.

Just imagine the long list of potential plaintiffs (anyone who sustained trauma to their bodily person or property).

Anonymous said...

(Correction to above 1:50)
Heartland Midwest was apparently laying fiberoptic cable to a nearby building. Cable provider, phone company, ?

Anonymous said...

Let's suppose FD and the City are at fault. Let's suppose the mayor and fire chief resign and everyone who was at the scene get neutered and thrown in jail. Would that change anything? The answer is no. You fucking blowhards intent on having the last word should shut the fuck up and figure out how to prevent this from happening again. Because even if we throw everyone in jail and even if the city, MGE, and time warner get bankrupted after paying for liability, negligence, and pain and suffering, you can be assured that this will happen again. Maybe not in KC. But this will happen again. So quit the whining already.
And for the record, I'm not with the mayor's office.

Anonymous said...

Big Boss Hoss has spoken at 2:05. You all should feel your testicles shriveling up and retracting right about...now.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nostradamus @ 2:05, are you proposing eliminating humans and their inherent mistakes?

Anonymous said...

2:05- Other jurisdictions have already figured out. They did years ago. The blowhards on this blog have posted many examples of policies and protocols for responding to natural gas leaks.

KCFD had full access to the information, as well. But they chose to ignore it. And it's up to them to implement and follow the new protocols.

Too bad that the City leaders are already stonewalling and making excuses, intent that KCFD did NOTHING wrong and unwilling to review their own actions. Apologists in Chief.

So yeah, resignations, castrations, jail time and bankruptcies are clearly in order, and will happen in due time. But to prevent it from appending again, KCFD needs to admit their failure and culpability and make changes to their leak response procedures.

Anonymous said...

I read the Heartland website last week before they removed it. It said they specialized in high risk projects, especially underground boring. It emphasized that this risk has led to the success of their company. The attorneys for those injured and killed somehow need to obtain that original website. It is very telling.

Anonymous said...

Time Warner.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, there has been some serious comment cutting on this post. Tell me the Star hasn't infiltrated the blog and TKC is now censuring comments!

Anonymous said...

Apparently most of the folks commenting have no idea how the process works.

The are multiple layers of permits and or locates to be done before any excavation begins.

There a many things you don't know about and are just speculating on. You jump on the contractor like they where 100% at fault, before you know the whole story.

Could it be that MGE miss marked or failed to mark the gas line? Could it be that the city would not allow the contractor to "cut" the street in order to properly locate the line forcing them to drill blind?

Why did KCFD leave the scene? In my opinion, the threat existed and they should have remained on scene to assist the gas company and the contractor with traffic control, ventilation (assuming the have explosion proof fans) and evacuation assistance.

Why did MGE not immediately evacuate the area with the help of the KCFD and secure/evacuate the area jand check that there were no ignition sources present?

There are 3 things that must be present with any and all fires/explosions. A fuel source (in this gas gas), oxygen, and an ignition source. Without any one of these it won't/can't happen.

Another thing you may be unaware of is that the gas or any combustible for that matter, has a very narrow window in which it is combustible. Below the limit / concentration there is not enough fuel to support combustion, above the limit, there is not enough oxygen to support combustion.

Let the facts come out and get a proper sequence of events before assigning blame. At this pointing just irresponsible to do otherwise.

Anonymous said...

From MGE's website,


If you suspect a natural gas leak, play it safe and act immediately. Gas leaks must be handled properly to prevent danger of a fire, explosion, and asphyxiation. It does not take much gas for an explosive mixture to exist.
There are three ways to detect a natural gas leak:
Smell: In nature, natural gas is odorless. However, for your safety, MGE mixes a chemical odorant called mercaptan into its natural gas. This gives natural gas a foul odor, similar to rotten eggs or a skunk, so that you will recognize a gas leak quickly.

Sight: Natural gas is colorless. However, blowing dirt, bubbling water, dry spots in moist areas, and dead plants surrounded by live plants near buried gas lines are all signs of a possible gas leak.

Sound: Natural gas sometimes makes a hissing, blowing or whistling sound near the area of a leak.
If you suspect a natural gas leak inside or outside, you MUST take immediate action by doing the following:
DO NOT use any type of phone in the area where you suspect a gas leak.
DO NOT operate any light switches, door bells, or any electrical devices.
DO NOT use your electric garage door opener to evacuate the premises.
DO NOT smoke or create any flames, including lighting any pilot lights.
EVACUATE the premises or area immediately!
CALL MGE at our toll-free emergency number 1-800-582-0000 or call 9-1-1. MGE will respond immediately to investigate, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
DO NOT return or allow others to return to the premises or area until MGE or an emergency responder determines that it is safe to do so.
For emergencies, call (800) 582-0000 or 9-1-1. For more information on natural gas safety, visit www.mosafegas.com.

Apparently they did not follow the procedures outlined on their web site.

Anonymous said...

First the person stating "heartland Midwest is a subcontractor for MGE" WRONG. They have NEVER. Done gas work. The news showed they were doing fiber optic for time Warner cable. Who's denying any knowledge of.
Only one company have I ever seen sub MGE n that's infra source. Heartland Midwest is very well known for damaging utilities without locates and calling the owner at the end of the day. This time maybe someone will be held criminally accountable. FYI the FD has NO CONTROL OVER MGE. they cannot repair or stop a leak. The contractor who hit it should legally notified 911, MGE, and businesses near by to leave. They are screwed.