Archive for March 2011

Nationwide Natural Gas Explosion and Leak Roundup

Mar 30th, 2011 | By Mark
PG&E manhole cover similar to the one that was launched 15 feet into the air as a result of an explosion in a PG&E pipeline in downtown San Francisco. Photo by i_follow via Flickr.

Over in Allentown, PA, where a natural gas explosion killed five people, U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood will tour the site on Monday, according to the Allentown Morning Call. LaHood is expected to announce that the Obama administration is including an increase in funding for natural gas pipeline safety inspections in the 2012 budget. The
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Natural Gas Utilities Sidestep Installing Safety Valves that Could Save Lives and Property

Mar 28th, 2011 | By Mark
A burned-out home in the aftermath of the San Bruno natural gas explosion. Photo by Thomas Hawk, via

By staff Natural gas utilities have for decades resisted installing basic safety equipment that could have saved lives and prevented untold millions of dollars in property damage when explosion occurs, despite repeated recommendations by federal oversight agencies. “The natural gas industry has downplayed the safety importance of valves,” for years, explains Prof. Theo Theofanous,
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Compromised Natural Gas Pipelines Contributed to at Least Two Natural Gas Explosions in Massachusetts

Mar 24th, 2011 | By Mark
Corrosion and cracking have contributed to at least two natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in recent years.

By staff Badly corroded or cracked natural gas pipelines contributed to at least two natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in the last five years and may have contributed to as many as six more, according to a report released by the state’s Department of Public Utilities The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued the
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Damage from the Minneapolis Natural Gas Explosion and Concern About Similar Incidents in Allentown

Mar 20th, 2011 | By Mark
A massive fireball rolls into the sky after a natural gas explosion in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Here’s a link to a picture of a car that was melted in the recent Minneapolis natural gas explosion, and here’s some great video of the aftermath of the same natural gas explosion. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a fascinating slide show of the event here. And the Allentown Morning Call has a great
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This Week In Natural Gas Explosions and Natural Gas Leaks

Mar 19th, 2011 | By Mark
Smoke billows from the fire touched off by a massive natural gas explosion in San Bruno, CA.

Minnesota The big one, obviously, was in Minneapolis, where a large pipeline erupted into an enormous fireball near Interstate 35W. Minneapolis television station KTSP is reporting that the explosion left an enormous crater in the street near Nicollet Ave. and 60th Street. Ohio Over in the Bazetta Township in Ohio, natural gas was inexplicably found
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Amazing Video Of Minneapolis Natural Gas Explosion; Aging Pipeline May Be Behind Blast

Mar 18th, 2011 | By Mark
A fireball nearly three stories high rages in Minneapolis after a massive natural gas explosion. This screenshot is from video footage taken by Rober Stevens

This guy took his life in his hands to get this footage. It’s well worth a look. Check it out here. Thankfully, no one died in this natural gas explosion, but the inferno light up a number of cars and trucks and caused entire neighborhoods to be evacuated. There’s no word yet on what cause
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Massive Natural Gas Explosion Devastates Minneapolis

Mar 17th, 2011 | By Mark
A natural gas explosion in Minneapolis, Minnesota this morning touched off an enormous fireball. Photo by The City Pages.

When it comes to natural gas explosions in major metropolitan areas these days, the question isn’t if, it’s when — and, of course, where. Well, we have our answer: today in Minneapolis. A natural gas line exploded into a tremendous fireball, shooting flames more three stories into the air and forcing the evacuation of hundreds
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PA State Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Allentown Natural Gas Explosion This Morning

Mar 15th, 2011 | By Mark

Even though the National Transportation Safety Board has decided not to investigate the recent natural gas explosion that killed five people, including a 16-year-old girl and her baby, Pennsylvania state authorities are moving ahead with their own hearing this morning. Indeed, the Pennsylvania State Senate’s Consumer Protection and State Licensure Committee is holding a hearing
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Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline from New Jersey into New York City Draws Growing Opposition

Mar 14th, 2011 | By Mark
Map provided by Spectra Energy Inc. showing the proposed route of a new natural gas pipeline that would run between New Jersey and Manhattan

By Staff Activists, safety advocates and state agencies are lining up to oppose a new 15.5-mile natural gas pipeline that is on the drawing board to run under the Hudson River between Jersey City and downtown New York City. “The dangers are extensive, not just to people who live in the area,” Dale Hardman,
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Natural Gas Explosion Roundup — It Happens More Often Than You Think

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By Mark

A roundup of stories detailing natural gas leaks, natural gas explosions and other aspects of our aging natural gas infrastructure that have occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours across the United States. It’s a lengthy list – you might want to sit down for this one. Aging Natural Gas Pipelines Are Ticking Time
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