A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Thieves try to siphon gas from at least 3 cars in Phinney Ridge

January 31st, 2013 by Doree

Roger tells us that at least three neighbors near Greenwood Avenue North and Greenwood Circle had gas siphoned – or attempted to be siphoned – from their cars overnight.

Roger’s gas tank cover was open, but he has a locking gas cap, so it was inaccessible. He noticed gas caps hanging off of two neighbors’ vehicles.

Did anyone else have this problem?

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7-Eleven gets new fiberglass underground gas tanks

March 28th, 2011 by Doree

The 7-Eleven on Phinney Avenue North and North 59th Street is getting new fiberglass underground gas tanks. James took this photo of one of the old tanks being taken out last Thursday.

When I stopped by on Friday just as the construction workers were getting off work, they told me the old steel tanks only last about 20 years or so. They’ll be installing new fiberglass tanks, which are designed to last about 40 years. They told me it will take them about another three weeks to finish the job.

Here’s the deep hole where the tanks came out.

The store remains open for business during the construction outside.

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Gas leak forces partial zoo closure

September 9th, 2009 by Doree

A section of the Woodland Park Zoo was cordoned off this afternoon after a backhoe working on the new west entrance ruptured a gas line. Workers cordoned off the pathway from the penguin exhibit to the merry-go-round, as well as the North Meadow.

Here’s the gas plume behind the penguin exhibit.

Here’s the leak as seen from a different angle.

And here are some employees who were evacuated from their offices to the north parking lot because they were downwind from the leak.

Zoo spokeswoman Gigi Allianic says the line ruptured just after 12 p.m., and was crimped about 45-50 minutes later. Seattle Police, Seattle Fire and Puget Sound Energy all responded.

She says the strong gas smell has now dissipated and all areas of the zoo are back open. Allianic says since today is the first day of school, the zoo wasn’t very crowded.

Thanks to Kate, Fred and Mike for the tips, and Mike for the photos!

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