This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – November 4, 2013

Nov 4th, 2013 | By Mark | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Explosions

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Every month natural gas leaks and explosions do serious damage, with more often than not fatal consequences. October 2013 was no exception.

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On Friday, Oct. 11, in Follansbee, West Virginia, a natural gas explosion took the life of a 13-year-old girl and injured three members of her family, according to recent media reports describing the incident.

A neighbor said he smelled gas and called 911. Volunteer firefighters responded but could not locate the source of the leak and left the scene to call in a utility crew. Minutes later, the home exploded.

From The (W. Va) Intelligencer:

The blast shattered the windows of several homes in the vicinity, as well as the fire department’s substation. Shards of wood, glass and other material lay across the road and in neighbor’s yards. Pieces of insulation were blown into treetops high above the area.

You can see video of the natural gas explosion here:

Authorities are still investigating the cause of a natural gas explosion that sent two men to the hospital on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

Two men were pulled from beneath piles of rubble before being airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the blast, which blew the door of the house across the street, according to media reports describing the incident.

A massive natural gas explosion sent flames, visible from as far as way as 50 miles, into the night sky in Harper County, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Residents living within two miles of the blast, which occurred at a hydraulic fracturing disposal well near the Kansas/Oklahoma border, were evacuated from their homes and area high ways were shut down, according to recent media reports describing the incident.

The well is owned by the Northern Natural Gas company, of Omaha, Nebraska.

You can see video of the natural gas explosion here:

Northern has a record of pipeline safety violations, according to media reports filed after the natural gas explosion.

A natural gas explosion flattened a home in Ripley, New York, on Monday, Oct. 7, according to recent media reports describing the incident.

No one was injured in the blast.

A burned-out shell of a car remains after a massive natural gas explosion killed eight and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno, California. (Photo courtesy National Transportation Safety Board.)

A California Public Utilities Commission Judge recommended a fine of nearly $7 million – the maximum allowable – in connection with flaws discovered in a natural gas pipeline located in San Carlos, California, that were dangerously similar to those that triggered a September 2010 natural gas explosion in San Bruno that killed eight and destroyed an entire neighborhood.

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In a decision handed down on Oct. 30, Administrative Law Judge Maribeth Bushey wrote that PG&E showed “a lack of candor and appreciation of the public interest” by waiting several months to formally notify the state of the problems on its San Carlos gas transmission line, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In September 2010, a natural gas pipeline owned and operated by PG&E exploded in San Bruno, California, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes. Subsequent investigations into the blast discovered that a pipeline weld similar to the weld called into question in San Carlos ruptured, triggering the lethal explosion.

And remember, as always, this round-up of natural gas leaks and explosions is by no means comprehensive; it is merely a sampling of the natural gas leaks and explosions that occur routinely all across this country every day. If your community was not mentioned this week, just wait a while. A natural gas explosion will almost certainly occur in your town sooner or later

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2 Comments to “This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – November 4, 2013”

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  2. Lisa says:

    These were friends of ours ~ can’t tell yet if this was a natural gas explosion but it looks very suspicious. Maybe you can keep up on this story. The reported facts are not consistent & the investigation is still pending. A reporter said they were in the home three weeks but they have been there since 1999. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures if there was an explosion or not:

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