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Hilcorp Letter to ADEC - Gas Leak - Feb 20, 2017

February 20, 2017: Hilcorp responds to ADEC’s February 10 letter, and says: it discovered the leak on February 7 (later contradicted by PHMSA March 3, 2017 letter, below); it cannot shut-in the pipeline due to (unsubstantiated) risks of spills and pipes freezing; concedes it is doing nothing to monitor and sample around the leak other than conduct fly overs; presents modeling scenarios of methane dilution that are fanciful and not grounded in the realities of chemistry or oceanography; holds up studies for the Georgia Straits pipeline project which controvert Hilcorp’s position and actually reveal the deleterious effects of methane on marine life; falsely states Beluga whales tend to avoid ice.