This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 8, 2011

Aug 8th, 2011 | By Mark | Category: Natural Gas Explosions, Natural Gas Leaks

NatGas Consulting

Natural gas leaks and explosions: news from around the country.

Major news in natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions this week, so let’s get right to it, shall we?

Of course, the big story was the news that New York’s Millenium Pipeline, which services the state’s Southern Tier, may be riddled with faulty welds and of dubious integrity — or, as the investigating authorities at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration called it, a “safety risk to public safety, property and the environment.”

The story broke right here at NaturalGasWatch.org, was picked up and advanced by Nicholas Kusnetz at ProPublica.org, and Reuters and got wide play across the country and around the world.

A natural gas explosion sent one man to the hospital with serious burns on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Port Huron, MI, according to a story in the Port Huron Times Herald. Authorities are still trying to identify the source of ignition.

Another natural gas explosion destroyed a house in Gainseville, FL on the morning of Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, according to a story in the Gainseville Sun. The homeowner was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, where he remains hospitalized. Authorities are continuing there investigation into the circumstances that led to the natural gas explosion.

In the State of New York, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control issued a warning to state residents to evacuate their homes as quickly as possible if they smell natural gas, according to a recent story in the Saratogian. In the story, a National Grid spokesperson Patrick Stella says his company received 834 reports of natural gas leaks in 2010.

Investigators in Savannah, GA, say a natural gas leak caused an explosion that sent two people to the hospital there on the morning of Sunday, July 31, 2011, according to a story in the Savannah Morning News.

A major explosion ripped through the Bison Pipeline in Wyoming on July 22, 2011. The explosion shut down the pipeline, which is owned by TransCanada Northern Border, Inc. and transported natural gas between the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and TransCanada’s system in Morton, North Dakota, passing through southeastern Montana and southwestern North Dakota. The explosion drew widespread media coverage.

A natural gas leak forced the evacuation of a building in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, according to a story in the South Lake Union. Authorities were unsure of the leak’s cause at press time.

A natural gas leak closed a street in Newton, PA, for two days in Newton, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, earlier this week. According to a story posted on Phillyburbs.com, Sycamore Street, between Richboro Road and Cambridge Lane, was closed on Monday, Aug. 1, after a natural gas main was discovered to be leaking. Crews from PECO Gas worked through the night on the line, completing repairs on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The company is investigating the cause of the leak.

A natural gas leak in Steubenville, OH, forced several families from their homes on the evening of Thursday, July 28, according to a story posted on WTOV9.com. Authorities suspect thieves looting an abandoned home for copper caused the leak.

A natural gas leak led to explosive conditions in one of Portland, ME‘s most heavily populated neighborhoods on the morning of July 24, 2011. According to an incident report describing the leak, the natural gas leak created potentially explosive conditions for a stretch five blocks long in the city’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood.

Officials closed a portion of Stratford Ave. in Stratford, CT, on Thursday, July 28, after a natural gas leak was discovered in a line serving the neighborhood, according to a story in the Connecticut Post. The street was reopened about an hour or so after the leak was discovered while crews from Connecticut Natural Gas worked to effect repairs.

As always, these highlights don’t include the many, many examples of natural gas leaks caused by construction crews or other excavators striking natural gas lines; to include those would require far more space than can reasonably be provided and far more attention from you, the loyal reader, than can be reasonably expected.

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