Archive for April 2012

This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – April 23, 2012

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By Mark
A massive natural gas explosion on Sept. 9, 2010, killed eight people, injured more than 50 others and destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes. On Thursday, PG&E acknowledged an internal memo detailing the possiblity of faulty welds in the pipeline that exploded, years before the incident occurred.

When all else fails, baffle ‘em with bullshit. That seems to be the gas company motto, no matter where you live. For example, in Brooklyn, New York, where about 1,100 households lost their natural gas service on Tuesday, April 17, after a 12-inch natural gas line suffered “water intrusion” after a nearby, high-pressure water line
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Pressure Builds on Chesapeake CEO McClendon, Caught Up in Enron-type Scandal; Shareholders Sue

Apr 20th, 2012 | By Mark
Shareholders at Chesapeake Energy have filed suit against the company's CEO, Aubrey McClendon, alleging that he failed to disclose significant conflicts of interest.

Shareholders at Chesapeake Energy, the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas, have filed suit against the company’s CEO, Aubrey McClendon, accusing the controversial executive of covering up a conflict of interest in connection with more than a billion dollars worth of personal loans McClendon took out against his stake in Chesapeake assets, according to recent
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – April 16, 2012

Apr 17th, 2012 | By Mark
The Texas Eastern pipeline.

As usual, it’s been a busy week in natural gas leaks and explosions, so let’s get right to it. A natural gas pipeline located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, ruptured on Monday, April 9, sending a jet of flame more than 100 feet into the air, according to a recent media report. The incident occurred in
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Seattle Natural Gas Explosion Gets the Next Media Animation Treatment

Apr 15th, 2012 | By Mark

If you’ve seen the clips on The Daily Show, you might like this. We particularly like the grunge dude calling in the gas leak. Ed. note – if you like the content you get here on, please take a moment to click on one of the ads you might see on the right-hand
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75 Years Ago: Devastating Natural Gas Explosion Kills Nearly 300 Kids in Texas

Apr 13th, 2012 | By Mark
Aftermath of a deadly natural gas explosion in New London, Texas, that claimed the lives of nearly 300 children - the deadliest school disaster in American History -- on March 18, 1937.

Seventy-five years ago, on March 18, 1937, a natural gas explosion destroyed a school in New London, Texas, killing nearly 300 kids. It was, and remains, the deadliest disaster at an American school in our nation’s history. The cause of the explosion was a build-up of natural gas in the building, ignited when a shop
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – April 9, 2012

Apr 9th, 2012 | By Mark

The Williams Transco natural gas pipeline, an 11,000 mile pipeline that runs from the Gulf Coast to markets on the eastern seaboard, sprung a leak in Bergen County, New Jersey, according to a recent media report. The leak in a 36-inch-diameter section of the pipeline represents the second incident calling in to question the pipeline’s
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Owner of Damaged Natural Gas Compressor to Pennsylvania Authorities: Screw You

Apr 5th, 2012 | By Mark
The Lathrop Compressor Station, owned and operated by Williams Partners, exploded on March 29, 2012. The station pressurizes natural gas drawn from hydraulic fracturing wells and sends it upstream to markets along the eastern seaboard. Photo by Frank Finan, from

The natural gas pipeline company that owns the compressor station that exploded in Pennsylvania last week restarted the damaged station and started pumping fracked gas within 24 hours of the blast, despite specific direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection not to do so, according to a recent area media report. The compressor station,
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – April 2, 2012

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By Mark
A round-up of natural gas explosions from around the country.

It’s been a busy, busy week in the world of natural gas explosions and leaks, so let’s get right to it. A house in Salem, Ohio, exploded early Saturday morning and by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was completely engulfed in flames. Neither of the homes two residents were injured, although
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