2015 is less than two months old. Yet there have already been numerous natural gas pipeline accidents in the United States. Texas has 425,000 miles of pipeline, the most in the United States. The country as a whole has 2.4 million miles of pipeline that could be the source of an explosion or leak.
Two homes were seriously damaged when an underground natural gas pipeline exploded in a residential neighborhood late last week. The fire department was notified by a nearby homeowner who called with the apt, but odd, information, "I think the house blew up next door."
Exploding cornfields are more often thought to be an event in a sci-fi movie than a real-life experience. But, residents in Eerie, Illinois who were as far as 20 miles from the epicenter of the blast saw just that: a cornfield going up in flames, with some flames reaching as high as 300 feet in the air. Pilots in the air while the fire was ablaze reported seeing flames from as far away as 160 miles.
Two miles from the KIII-TV studios in Corpus Christi, Texas, what is believed to be a natural gas explosion seriously injured at least three people and damaged many nearby homes. Broadcasters were on-air at the time of the blast and can be seen visibly frightened by the percussion of the distant blast.
A major gas explosion is to blame for injuries to seven people at a college outside of New York City yesterday morning. At least one student was thrown out of a second-story window from the force of the blast. That student is reportedly being treated for head and neck injuries; no life-threatening injuries were reported.
Two days and many, many more years ago, the town of London, Texas witnessed what might be considered the worst school gas explosion in the history of the oil and gas industry. The local school, powered by 72 natural gas heaters, exploded, killing 295 children and adults.
A broken drill at a natural gas drilling site resulted in a leak of thousands of gallons of fracking fluid and prompted the evacuation of nearby homes as concern grew over the possibility of a natural gas explosion. At one point, fracking fluid was flowing from the drill site at a volume of 800 gallons per minute.
A 400-yard long and 300-yard wide field of fire engulfed a West Virginia area near the home of Sue Bonham. A natural gas pipeline had become so weak after years of corrosion eliminated about 70 percent of the pipe thickness that it exploded, setting off the fire.
Mont Belvieu and Chambers County emergency personnel have responded to an explosion and large fire at Enterprise Products oil and gas facility today near Mont Belvieu, a small city 35 miles east of Houston. Flames were shooting about 100 feet into the air and black smoke could be seen all the way from downtown Houston. A nearby school district, Barbers Hill is keeping the children inside the schools until the fire is contained. Houston-based Enterprise is one of America's largest shippers and processors of natural gas including approximately 49,000 miles of onshore and offshore pipelines. The story is currently still developing.