Archive for July 2013

Indiana State Regulators Move to Prevent a PG&E-Style Natural Gas Explosion From Happening In Their State

Jul 30th, 2013 | By Mark
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After a massive natural gas explosion killed eight people and razed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, California, nearly three years ago, an investigation into the incident revealed that records kept by the natural gas pipeline’s operator, PG&E, were at best inadequate and in many cases non-existent. This fact apparently was not lost on natural
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – July 29, 2013

Jul 29th, 2013 | By Mark
A natural gas drilling rig off the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Louisiana coast, exploded and caught fire after the gas well ruptured on Monday, July 22, 2013. Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard.

The recent and, unfortunately, ongoing big story, of course, is the massive explosion and subsequent Airborne Toxic Event at a doomed drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Louisiana. Sound familiar? (On a related note, Halliburton just pled guilty to the charge of destroying evidence relating to the Deepwater Horizon
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – July 22, 2013

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By Mark
A round-up of natural gas explosions from around the country.

Natural gas leaks and explosions continued to wreak havoc in communities across the country this week, often at extraordinary costs. What follows is a by-no-means comprehensive round-up of the destruction – and if your community was lucky enough to escape unscathed this week, remember, if natural gas flows through pipelines where you live, it’s really
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – July 15, 2013

Jul 15th, 2013 | By Mark
Natural gas flares from a hydraulic fracturing well where an explosion sent eight workers to the hospital to be treated for burns on July 7 in Doddridge County, West Virginia. Photo Credit: Tara Lohan/Meghan Nesbit

The lazy days of summer vacation are over here at, but unfortunately, natural gas explosions and leaks never take a break. We may have been at the beach watching the tide roll away, but the wave of destruction wrought by the natural gas industry rolled on, exacting a heavy and, more often than not,
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