This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – April 9, 2012Apr 9th, 2012 | By fjgallagher | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Explosions
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 integrity in less than a month. A natural gas compressor station owned and operated by Williams, which pumps pressurized natural gas obtained from hydraulic fracturing wells in Pennsylvania through the Transco pipeline, exploded last week. The Williams Co., which is already operating under a federal Corrective Action Order in connection with a massive natural gas pipeline explosion in Alabama last year, has a lengthy record of pipeline safety violations, according to documents obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org.
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Two workers were injured when a natural gas distribution pipeline owned and operated by Atmos Energy exploded on Friday, April 6. The natural gas explosion occurred in DeSoto County, Mississippi, just north of the Tate County line, according to media reports, as the two workers were trying to repair a natural gas leak in the pipeline.
A house in Liberty, Missouri, exploded on the morning of Friday, April 6, leaving debris scattered throughout the neighborhood, according to a media report describing the blast. No one was injured in the explosion and authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident, although area residents reported smelling natural gas shortly before the house blew up. No one was injured in the explosion.
A house in Damascus, Oregon, exploded on Monday, April 2, injuring one man. Authorities say the blast originated with the home’s natural gas furnace. The explosion blew the porch off the house, damaged two nearby mobile homes, according to a media report describing the explosion.
An explosion at a natural gas pipeline in Omaha, Nebraska, injured an Omaha Municipal Utility District Worker on Thursday, April 5, according to a media account describing the incident. The explosion precipitated the evacuation of the neighborhood around 204th and Blondo Streets.
A natural gas pipeline in rural Panola County, Texas, near the town of Gary, exploded early on the morning of Wednesday, April 4, according to media reports of the incident. No one was injured in the natural gas explosion, which occurred in a pipeline owned and operated by Markwest Energy Partners, LLC.
An out-of-control pick-up truck struck a natural gas line in Carver, Massachusetts, on Sunday, April 8, causing a leak that led to the evacuation of the home, according to a media report describing the incident. No one was injured in the incident, which remains under investigation.
Stray bullets caused a natural gas leak in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Sunday, April 8, according to a media report describing the incident. The leak prompted the evacuation of the home that was struck by the bullets. No one was injured in the gas leak, but three people were injured in the shooting.
A natural gas leak in a faulty connection to a natural gas boiler forced the evacuation of a school in Rochester, Minnesota, according to a media report. Children were allowed back into the school after the leak had been repaired.
More than a year after being identified as a major public safety problem, a natural gas line continues to leak under a highway in Century, Florida, while the town tries to figure out how to fix the problem, according to a media account describing the situation.
A natural gas leak in Charlotte, North Carolina, forced the closure of area businesses when the neighborhood was evacuated on Friday, April 6, according to a media report describing the incident.
A natural gas leak in Morgan County, Indiana, stopped traffic south of the town of Martinsville, for more than an hour on Friday morning, April 6, according to a media report describing the incident. The leak came to light when passing motorists reported a “strong smell of natural gas” in the area.
Residents in Bloomfield, New Mexico, reported the smell of natural gas in the area on Monday, April 4. Local authorities confirmed the smell and stated that the leak was due to the natural gas company, “clearing lines,” according to a media report describing the incident.
And remember, folks, as always, this feature — a round-up of natural gas leaks and explosions from around the country — doesn’t include incidents caused by contractors who struck natural gas pipelines during excavation. If we were to include those types of leaks and explosions, TWINGLE would be a lot longer than it already is.