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Some residents of Point Loma call it, the "Sleeping Giant." The 'it' being a 56-year-old Navy pipeline carrying jet-fuel that runs 17 miles between the Marine Corps air station in Miramar to the Naval Base in Point Loma. The pipeline is estimated to transport 323 million gallons of jet fuel each year.

In a letter from Suhail Khalil, chair of the Peninsula Committee Planning Board, to Navy officials and other local elected officials, Khalil warns of the consequences if the pipeline bursts.

"The best time to address high-risk petrochemical toxic spills are before they happen and before the environment is endangered. Thus, we are writing to you all to urge your attention to a fully preventable potential environmental situation at the minimum and a potential man-made environmental disaster at the worst."

According to Khalil's letter, only small sections of the pipeline have been replaced and in some areas around the La Playa area, the 8-inch pipeline sits exposed to the elements.

"The urban landscape has changed, while the jet fuel pipeline continues to age, reads Khalil's letter. "All of these issues give rise to reasonable concerns of the citizens of this Community."

Attached to the letter are 34 questions addressed to the Naval Commander of the Southwest division. I contacted the Navy and am waiting for their response to some of those questions.

The planning board is expected to discuss the letter during their August 18 board meeting.

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Gail Powell Aug. 18, 2011 @ 1:49 p.m.

They are digging up a section of Rosecrans Street right near La Playa and the Sub Base. I saw pipeline exposed and digging going on all around it yesterday. This did not look like any kind of sewer pipe to me. There was even someone's garage where the contractors had broken the concrete and were digging around in the dirt.

The Navy would be wise to heed the advise of the Point Lomans. Those people have money and they don't fool around if they feel their high property values are at stake!


JustWondering Aug. 22, 2011 @ 3:50 p.m.

Khalil has a reputation of making things up and to put it as plain as possible fabricating so called facts. The Navy has had an ongoing inspection and repair process for years.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 22, 2011 @ 4:31 p.m.

"Khalil has a reputation of making things up and to put it as plain as possible fabricating so called facts"

And how do you know this?


nostalgic Aug. 22, 2011 @ 6:43 p.m.

Wasn't this the same planning group that was involved in loving the idea of trucking the methane gas down Catalina Blvd?


JustWondering Aug. 26, 2011 @ 1:40 p.m.

Khalil has resigned from the Peninsula Community Planning Board. Seems he, and his ego, just could not follow Board rules. This guy never learns. He has a history of causing dissension and division rather than bringing people together for the greater good.

When the Board voted 9-3-1 to begin an investigation of Khalil's improper acts as Board President, he just stood up and resigned at last Thursday's 8/18/11 meeting.

Since then Khalil has made endless excuses about his actions as documented in the Community newspaper. But the facts still remain he violated the Board rules. It's my hope the Board still forms its investigative committee and formally document what was done so these errors of acts and or omissions will be avoided by future Board members.


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