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Energy firm convicted in Walnut Creek pipeline blast that killed 5

By PETE BENNETT - Contra Costa Watch EMAIL
Phone: 510-460-5641
Posted: 10/24/2013

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Energy firm convicted in Walnut Creek pipeline blast that killed 5

Published 4:00 am, Friday, September 21, 2007
  • Police officers on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, cordon off the site of a Tuesday explosion in Walnut Creek, Calif. Two people remained missing Wednesday, after an underground fuel pipeline exploded when it was struck accidentally by a construction crew extending a water line. The two missing were part of a construction team that accidentally hit a fuel pipeline. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Eric Luse) MAGS OUT MANDATORY CREDIT Metro#Metro#Chronicle#11/13/2004#ALL#5star##0422460631 Photo: ERIC LUSE
    Police officers on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, cordon off the site of a Tuesday explosion in Walnut Creek, Calif. Two people remained missing Wednesday, after an underground fuel pipeline exploded when it was struck accidentally by a construction crew extending a water line. The two missing were part of a construction team that accidentally hit a fuel pipeline. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Eric Luse) MAGS OUT MANDATORY CREDIT Metro#Metro#Chronicle#11/13/2004#ALL#5star##0422460631 Photo: ERIC LUSE

An energy company was convicted Friday of six felony counts and will pay $15 million in connection with a 2004 gasoline pipeline explosion in Walnut Creek that killed five construction workers and injured four others.
Attorneys for KMGP Services Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, entered no-contest pleas before Superior Court Judge Terence Bruiniers in Martinez.
The company will pay a $10 million fine in the criminal case, involving violations of the state labor code, and $5 million to end a related civil prosecution, Deputy District AttorneyLon Wixson said.
"We're happy with it," said Wixson, who filed charges against the company Thursday after a lengthy investigation. "We think it's fair. We think it's appropriate."
Tom Bannigan, president of Kinder Morgan's products pipeline business, said in a statement, "We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and individuals affected by this tragic accident. While it can never make up for the losses associated with this incident, we hope that accepting our share of responsibility and reaching these settlements will help bring closure to this matter."
The families of the five men who were killed and others who were injured by the blast have reached separate civil settlements totaling at least $69 million with Kinder Morgan and other companies that were involved in the incident, including Mountain Cascade Inc. of Livermore, a contractor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Only the subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, the nation's largest underground fuel shipper, was criminally charged.
The explosion occurred Nov. 9, 2004, when a Mountain Cascade backhoe operator was installing a water-district main near Newell Avenue and South Broadway and punctured a high-pressure Kinder Morgan pipeline.
The plea agreement signed by Kinder Morgan says the company was the "proximate cause of the puncture of the line and of the deaths and injuries that resulted from the incident." As part of the agreement, the company's employees must fully inspect its pipelines during excavation and conduct an audit of its training procedures.
Kinder Morgan had failed to mark a bend in the Walnut Creek line, according to state workplace safety regulator Cal/OSHA, which found the Houston company primarily at fault and fined it $140,000. The state fire marshal fined Kinder Morgan $500,000. The company has appealed both fines.
Killed in the blast were project foreman Tae Chin "Gene" Im, 47; Javier Ramos, 35; Israel Hernandez, 36; Victor Rodriguez, 26; and Miguel Reyes, 43. The fireball also seriously injured welders Jeremy Knox and Roger Paasch, pipe fitter Miguel Fuentes and crane operator Patrick Farley.
David "Max" Beach, the attorney for Reyes' family, said Friday that Reyes had been killed because the company "did not take safety seriously."
He said Reyes' relatives were grateful that the Kinder Morgan subsidiary had been prosecuted, but added, "It's impossible to say whether the resolution brings any measure of satisfaction to the Reyes family."
John Anton, an Oakland attorney who represented the families of Rodriguez and Hernandez, said, "Considering the misconduct, which was always egregious and is now criminal, and the loss of life that resulted, I can't say that I'm satisfied. I will say that Kinder Morgan, however reluctantly, stepped up to the plate and acknowledged, in both the civil and now the criminal litigation, the horrible blunders that its people made."
Last year, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's Office of Pipeline Safety and Kinder Morgan agreed that the company would provide system-wide safety upgrades in six Western states. The upgrades were expected to result in as much as $90 million worth of safety improvements.
The $5 million in the civil case will be divided among the county, a state and county prosecutors' fund for worker-safety investigations, the sheriff's office for its use in improving radio communications, the city of Walnut Creek and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Hillside Covenant Church Beware of the Youth Directors

December 31st 2012

Walnut Creek Safeway 600 South Broadway

On this very chilly evening I'm staying warm by the sheer generosity of Safeway Employees who are letting me lay my head on the table.  It's been very hard getting back to work as dealing with the constant followers (not your flock following you on Sunday), stalkers, tails and whoevers constantly near driving my friends away while struggling to find meaningfull work is simply overwhelming.  In the last 24 months there have been numerous deaths near me.  One longtime acquaintance died suddenly on Christmas - this was a person I've know since 1978 when I first arrived here. 

On July 20th 2011 my car was totaled but what I haven't spoken about is how I was targeted by certain members of this church.  Just a few days before this accident I emailed Jeff Reed - it took a year to for him to respond and even longer for Hillside to allow me to file a claim.  My opinion is that Hillside Members were actively stalking me along with others and that includes Walnut Creek Police Captain Schultz's accusations that I'd attacked a City Worker riding a lawn mower.  The groundsworker was played into the Sergeants, Captains and detectives little game that morning which I've written about called the 5150 Business Model or the perfect circle. 

The timing of the accident, the loss of my apartment and how Keith Lynds apparent connection to the Danville Town Council was disturbing since back in 2006 the plan was to sue the Town of Danville but they beat up my attorney - shazam! no more lawsuit. 

Last year I had contract with a PGE Subcontractor worth over $200,000 in revenues, long term client, solid requirements and months of high demand hours for a project tied to the biggest fire in the country. After the car accident and arrest Mr. Lynds apparently was still connected to my sons but I'd been cut off, my one son spent the night with another youth director and that was it. 

When the car accident occurred the Lafayette Police simply refused to investigate so I started calling my state senators.  They sent the state police which I have mixed feelings about as I also met with Cheif Bryden and City Manager Ken Nordoff after I was accosted by Kenny Brizendine who apparently lives accross the street from the retired San Francisco Police Officer who has pictures of the Piedmont Fire that appeared to me to be way to early in the fire process to a coincidence. 

As you can see I've filed a claim that took an amazing three months to get started.  I intend to file a claim as something happened but more important is Facebook cancelled Lynds account over activities e.g. extended communications between my sons and Mr. Lynds.

We're going on 10 months from when I realized Lynds was still connected to my sons but I was cut off - the boys managed to get a message out about these people as Tony Collins disconnected via Facebook as soon as replied back with the heavy "he nearly killed me".

I even stood on Magnolia with a sign designed to get their attention after the Sunday service.  I ran into a member yesterday who asked me how I was doing.  I said fine, they towed my truck away, spent Christmas in the rain, still waiting for Pastor Reed to call me, lost my place to live again, lost my contract but he said I just spent the weekend with Mr. Lynds so I said call him and get him to send me his insurance information.

Gary Collins also worked at Big O Lafayette which directly accross the street from Gregs Muffler who back in 2004 I took my truck in for repairs.  Gregs Mechanics stated he was right behind me on 680 then he said he witnessed my truck erupting in flames. 

I met with Cheif Christensen on July 20th 2012 one year to the date of the accident but unknown to me was that Charles Silvermans untimely crash. 

If you're a member of Hillside put yourself in my shoes, Gary Collins nearly beats me to death, eight years later he falls down an elevator shaft, weeks after two of my former real estate peers were killed and about sixty days after my Karoake DJ friend dies and months before another Hillside recipient of their benevolent lunches is murdered. 

There is shadow of death in the room that covers all the light that you could ever bring in those big windows up at Hillside. 

By the way several of my suspects live or work within walking distance of where the "device" was found on Pleasant Hill Elementary School grounds.

Yep I get it clearly


Widow Spotters - A different kind of Train Spotting

Widow Spotters-Waiting to Harvest Your Assets

Widow Spotters - trolling for the next widow based on the value of their portfolios.  They're seeking your life force and have a network of takers ready to slip away with your valuable assets such as your house, land and cash value assets.  It's incredibly easy to do via probate  especially when the "mark" has limited resources to post bonds, cash or fund litigation.  

Currently I'm fighting for my estate but the original Trust Documents are one-sided, biased pieces of work that basically gave the executor full control with no dissent that appeared later.  The attorney that crafted it said if my brother doesn't release funds I'll need an attorney - I'm like what do you mean - trusts documents are supposed to provide an orderly distribution of wealth without the need of forced litigation.  I realized that this sounded just like Chris Butler's army then upon further investigation discover the divorce lawyers create Wills Trusts and Estates - that is why the legal associate of a former Walnut Creek Police Officer turned attorney created a huge problematic scene with my sons. 

Fox News Unfair and Totally Biased is the real name for the Contra Costa County Superior Court. 

If you have a loved one reaching that time or you are considering the implications of how your trust instruments will be interpreted then read on.

  • Your assets are the target
  • There is a enough money to hire teams of persons
  • God's friends seek capital
  • Widow Watchers - waiting in the wings - projecting the revenue horizon date as they've been handled by the divorce machine, then they are re-processed to be consumed up later by the Family Trust Machine.  When your mom gave everything to the church did she forget about you like she did with me. 
  • Widow Makers - Getting the widow prepared
  • Widow Takers - When it's time they will arrive 
  • Widow History Controllers - no funeral, limited Obituaries, lack of public documents reflecting real estate transfer but more important no one is watching. 
  • Widow Walkers - keeping them company while they fade from view 

Sounds almost surreal but the more I look the more I see.  The apparatus slowly nips away at advocates, some die, some have heart attacks, sudden deaths and some just crash into mountains so they can change the outcome of elections - it's how they do things in Contra Costa - their way.  

In the early 2000's my life situation was different where I was funding a $850,000 Life Policy with Prudential but nearly parallel to that was I supposed to inherit a minimum $400,000 via a living trust that is ambiguous and was not the intention of my mother.  I seriously doubt she was there as she suffered from numerous TIA's and being mom she was a bit eccentric, forgetful and would follow the bouncing ball - just sign here ______ that's all we need.   

I've attempted numerous times to get counsel, I tried filing a police but was rebuked by Officer Rabonowitz but I started with Walnut Creek as my mother died in my arms in Rossmoor.   Rabonowitz told me more or less to get lost, then years later I'm attacked in the Walnut Creek Farmers Market and again Rabonowitz tells me tough luck. 

A business destruction model - kick the mark hard as he tries to feed his family 
Along the way when software operation was destroyed for the third time I realized something was up but this same officer told me I needed mental health counseling - you would too when you're being threatened in Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and online but no agency will help you.  That night I went to Contra Costa Mental Health as a test, stressed out, yes, perhaps sounding irrational, well OK tag your it.  So I walked into mental health seeking assistance as things were nearly impossible to sort out.  I met with three people - they were very helpful as in less than 15 minutes they a diagnosis, a treatment and pulled out the "Citizen Internment Form" where I'd find myself battling for release.  I knew better as I've read the DSV treatment manual and knew enough that the rapid diagnosis was conjecture, subjective and fabricated.  

This campaign is run on many residents as they labeled M.E. with oppositional disorder after her husband committed her to the Psych Ward.  They file with the court a motion for "involuntary commitment" but in the M.E. when she still tried to see her children they set her up again for arrest but in the end she lost her house, kids, the cars, long term support plus nearly losing her sanity after I debunked her divorce case - she is now moving forward but its time for the court to restore her losses.  

Mommy is in Coma 

One tactic I've endured was the posting fake jobs and rental deals on Craigslist which others have discovered.  This mom was in Oakland looking for a "good deal" housing apartment but was mugged on cue but the address was false - this was before online maps.  She's taken to Kaiser Hospital where she's in a coma for about five days.  The sad part is the number victims that are also Kaiser Patients but remember she's arrested for jay walking, jailed and pegged with an assault charge on a deputy.  Did I say I was beaten?  Yes I did it helps with the automatic default.  

Apparatus Segment: Contra Costa Mental Health
The mental health unit is a segment of the apparatus as one of their former employees suffered the same Gang Stalking I endured but his comments were the same as mine.  I suspect he's deceased as he's vanished but we met outside of his job up on Mt. Diablo during a fantastic heavy snow back around 2004/05.  The last time we spoke he was out of his mind with fear.  I had few days like that and my friends thought I'd lost it.  

It's clear my posture is highly negative on Contra Costa Attorneys for many reasons as when you call the Contra Costa Bar seeking counsel only to be told no one is interested.  When nearly getting beat to death in 2004 I tried the local bar which turned out to be waste of time.  Most would never consider suing Danville saying it was Practice Suicide.   I call it coercion, get in step with Bar Leadership, red-lining, blackballing but perhaps a more fitting descriptions are due.  

The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association delivered a willing attorney who agreed to sue Gary Vinson Collins but Mr. Collins just happened to fall down an elevator shaft in Palo Alto on Dec 9th 2011 but weeks after meeting with Walnut Creek City Manager Ken Nordoff on November 2nd 2011 where I handed off documents and he knows as and the city attorney better learn whose name was on those documents.  My goal that day was why I'm attacked in the market with over 100 witnesses and why I've been forced out of offices, lost over $100,000 in assets, lost my inheritance, housing and much more.  

In the middle of this my car was totaled in Lafayette but the undercarriage was shot but days later I spotted a detective following me from Walnut Creek McDonald's shortly after the Lafayette Accident.  

Widows are not spiders they are targets
Chances are now I've got RICO cases but I am not alone but it's time for the Contra Costa County Legal Fleecing Machine to be shut down.  

The apparatus is comprised of Divorce Spotters but you're in a divorce the attorneys learn about your finances, and your life is splattered into a public forum where the stalkers can de-compile your net worth and glean information to formulate targets.  


The Zombie Walk - Using Twilight Anesthesia

Missing Time Interviews

This is where my database skills has come in extremely useful as once I started searching the search kept expanding.  Somewhere in the thicket of incidents is the empirical datasets. 

The perfect example of stonewalling is how San Ramon Fire Protection District in regards to my records requests about my 2004 truck fire.  My allegations was my truck fire was arson after all. I'd stepped up my requests after the July 20th 2011 hit and run accident which led to endless requests to Lafayette Police for a police report.  On March 13th 2010 I went to meet with State Senator Mark Desaulier at the Lafayette Library but on my way over I could see the Piedmont Lumber Fire.  I told Mark that there was a problem with some type of corruption in the area.  About a year the CNET Story broke but there is no way in hell that others assigned to protect didn't know about their follies.

The Homeless Zombie Walkers 

Case Study: Homeless Dave -

During summer of 2011 I first met Dave, he's sort of the town drunk of downtown Martinez but his story is troubling as he can't explain how he suddenly jumped in front of the AMTRAK train.  In the end he paid a high price but Contra Costa County has a blame it on the drunk mentality.  The cruelty and disdain is almost incomprehensible but some in Downtown Martinez treat Dave as their personal punching bag so one day I'll bring a giant bat made of foam - labeled "Let's hit Dave" which is how one person couched his persona when I was performing Downtown.  As I was being introduced the MC noted the man staring into the window was known as Crazy Dave.  I got up and said what a terrible way to describe a human being.
"He could not explain why he jumped in front of the train as he truly didn't know"

He's alive but lost his leg below the knee.
"The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure"
If Jesus was alive he'd be ashamed of his current disciples activities.

The locals refer to him as crazy Dave but when one night while performing to Rox the gal that introduced me points out the window to say we called "Don't worry we've called the Martinez Police", then gives a punch list of supporting theorems why Crazy Dave was crazy out as he say our front in his wheel chair missing one limb no pity just disdain but how Dave's shattered world allow the window to look un-pretty as sitting in his wheel chair soils the sidewalk. 

I got on stage - but before I began to play I said I had a nice conversation with Dave who really needs help not disdain.  The modern day bully that was used to treating him badly had her wings clipped and so far I'm not interested in performing there again. 

This story will evolve but for the moment search for accidents on Amtrak, BART, CalTrain and the freeways where with minimal effort you'll easily be able to validate what I'm saying

The problem in Contra Costa is your catalogers of death keep the lid on the statistics and have a habit of not responding to their own tip line.  I developed a call accounting system for the county so I have insight about the county's direct inward dial (DID) than they'd expect. 

Call this number here -

SRVFPD San Ramon Valley Letters

In a different post I discussed how my F-250 Truck erupted in flames on 680 NB.  If you're wondering why I'm blogging this eight years later then please read Lafayette Attempted Murder which forced me to review the endless property incidents

In June 2010 I leased office space at 1923a Oak Park Blvd. Pleasant Hill CA.  The deal was practically free with zero rent for six months, then $500 increments over 3 years.  In June 2010 a retired SF Police Officer arrived saying he would be attending to my Meetup seeking to draw together Musicians, creatives, artists and Engineers with refreshments e.g. some good beer.  During that meeting he revealed his SF Badge and stated he was retiring at the end of the month.

We then discussed his pending plans to develop a photography business.  He then showed me pictures of the Piedmont Lumber Fire from April 2011. 


So Chief Price my problem is I've got a stack of accidents going back years.  This accident leads to a repair shop in Lafayette where the mechanic said he witnessed (a person who saw my truck on fire) me stating clearly that he was right behind me on 680 - what a fucking coincidence Chief - I bet if that fire was under the ass of some powerful or Danville Princess we'd be stopping every person of color on 680 - saying did you do it.

In the meantime perhaps you might consider manually searching for snippets of this accident scene but for the safety of the students in another school district do something as my suspect lives near other incidents in the area.

I am trying to help and you're stonewalling but I suspect there are other fires with deaths that are connected to persons near my 2004 fire.

As for San Ramon Valley - they simply have no record of my fire but the letter I recieved on December 11th 2011 stated this. 

Blow back bullshit.  The problem now is getting a response from anyone


The 680 Candlestick - Arson or Accident? Cover up or Stupidity

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Danville CA - August 2004

Entering 680 Northbound at El Cerro Blvd 

On my way to Walnut Creek my F-250 erupted in flames on 680 North.  CHP said calls were coming in stating flames were shooting back over 100 feet. 

What happened next
The next thing I noticed is my oil plug was down 2 1/2 turns and oil was flowing freely (accelerant) but even when CHP arrived they didn't see this it as Arson

  • I have viable suspects
  • A known and direct witness directly behind me
  • A Repair that performed repairs
  • A CHP Officer
  • A Fire Response Agency (SRVFDP)

    Yet with all the information I get stupid answers like do you know the date.  The answers is yes but you need to call the repair shop.  Please just call them as I've lost all my paperwork.

    The net result is no one wants to admit their failures but as we fund their operations our businesses get torched, suffer fire bombings, immigrant targeting and buildings burn down. 

    The push back model doesn't work well with me. 

    A person who commits this crime is called an arsonist. Many arsonists use accelerants, such as gasoline or kerosene to get a fire going

    My 2004 Truck fire was arson but a CHP officer talked me out of it as did the repair shop. The day of the accidents I was clearly lucky but after the July 20th 2011 accident which was mile away from the repair being suspect that the collective accidents were more than coincidental.  

    During this mess I've starved and seen who my friends were.  I would never step into a Mormon Ward again as the Danville Stake is covering up the connections to their members.  


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