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.
A call came into the gas company at 9:13 am this morning, reporting a suspected gas leak. The utility company dispatched workers to investigate just two minutes later. Before they arrived on scene, an explosion occurred, injuring at least 16 and triggering the collapse of two buildings.
A gas pipeline owned by Columbia Gulf Transmission was determined to be the cause of a Kentucky gas pipeline explosion that occurred yesterday. At least one person was taken to the hospital for treatment of burn injuries; another was reported injured but may have been treated at the scene. The gas explosion leveled homes in the rural area and destroyed farm buildings and vehicles.
A La Porte plant erupted in flames this morning after a gas pipeline burst at Enterprise Products. At least two injuries have been reported in the workplace blast; firefighters have been on scene fighting the blaze since this morning. Two contract workers were treated onsite by emergency responders; their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Earlier this year, Forbes reported that oil and gas production in Texas accounted for 34.5 percent of overall oil production and 27 percent of natural gas extraction in the United States. These numbers likely have much to do with the booming Eagle Ford Shale play along with the oil and gas wells and rigs that dot the landscape across Texas and into the Gulf of Mexico.
A former pipefitter is suing Black Elk Energy LLC of Houston, after a 2012 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico left him with serious burns covering much of his body as well as his face. In the same explosion, three other oil workers, who were employed by Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc. were killed.
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.
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.
In February, a gas pipeline explosion beneath JJ's, a popular restaurant in Kansas City, injuring 15 and killing one person. The family of Megan Cramer, a hostess at JJ's who was killed in the blast, recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the six defendants whom they believe played a role in failing to prevent the tragic explosion that claimed their 46-year-old daughter's life.