Breaking: Texas Natural Gas Liquids (LPG) Pipeline Explodes, Burns; Visible for 40 Miles
Rural Texas Town Evacuated; Two Hundred Students Taken Out of School
A massive pipeline explosion in Texas today continues to burn, with flames visible from the ground for 20 miles and smoke visible for 40 miles. The Chevron pipeline, which Reuters reported to be carrying liquified petroleum gas, is a ten inch pipeline. It exploded at about 9:30 AM. Sharon Wilson, the award-winning blogger also known as “Texas Sharon,” posted this photo in “Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Near Milford, Texas“:
Reuters reports that there were no injuries, in “Rural Texas Town Evacuated After Gas Pipeline Explosion.”
This CBS News Video shows the heavy flames and smoke, broadcasting live from the site.
WFAA reported that emergency crews continue to work at the scene of the active fire: “Texas Town Being Evacuated After Pipeline Explosion.”
UPDATE: Reuters reports that the Chevron pipeline appears to be a natural gas liquids pipeline carrying LPG — liquified petroleum gas, or propane. When natural gas is fracked from shale or other rock layers, it comes up with methane, propane (LPG), ethane, hexane and other gasses mixed together. After they are separated, the propane and ethane are often liquified under pressure; when pipelines or rail cars carrying these fuels rupture, as they often do, the explosion and flames are extremely dangerous and emergency crews can only let them burn. From Reuters:
Chevron did not identify the line, but it is the majority owner of a 2,295-mile common-carrier pipeline system that transports natural gas liquids from New Mexico and Texas to Mont Belvieu, Texas for processing.
Atlas Pipeline Partners has a 20 percent interest in the West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership, which is 80 percent owned by Chevron.
Tom Hemrick, director of Hill County Emergency Management, told KTVT-TV in Dallas that a construction crew accidentally drilled into a 10-inch liquified petroleum gas (LPG) line. All workers on the construction crew were accounted for.
As this story continues to develop, it is clearly an argument against the escalating extraction, processing and transportation of this extremely flammable, explosive fossil fuel. Unnatural gas is fracking our climate even more with every pipeline explosion and fire, and every LPG (liquified petroleum gas, or propane) rail car explosion and fire.
An example of a 100% unnecessary and dangerous pipeline now being built in Pennsylvania is the Mariner East Pipeline, which Sunoco Logistics is building to bring fracked natural gas liquids (super-flammable propane, ethane) to the Philadelphia area to be exported by Range Resources from the Delaware River…at 10,000 to 20,000 barrels / day… to Norway! Does that make sense? The Mariner East pipeline would be 12 inches. The explosion of another natural gas liquids pipeline in August 2013 looked like this: