Huge Fireball in Bushland!
It ruined several homes and even melted the windows. This news is just coming in.
No major injuries but several hundred homes were evacuated. Roads are closed down.
The station below is doing continuing updates.
A major pipeline explosion happened just after 1:00 Thursday morning about one mile west of Bushland High School.
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Later reports have 2-3 injuries, 1 home destroyed. It may also involve an EPNG compressor station, as well as a 24 inch pipeline.
Ward in the Woods says
I pray no one home in the
The injury update: 1 in a burn unit, 1 in a regular hospital, and one treated & released.
Thanks for the update. Did everyone get to go back home? Imagine having to live there knowing they will be turning the gas back on. YIKES
I'm not sure if anyone was allowed back in, but EPNG will have to make major repirs before they turn that line back on, and I'm sure PHMSA will be standing over their shoulder with EPNG's track record. There's a chance they will get a Corrective Action Order from PHMSA, especially if EPNG dropped the ball on pipeline upkeep:
Some other past pipeline fire videos I found:
Decatur, Wise Co., TX, where it looks like someone dug into a gas pipeline:
Parker Co., TX:
More about EPNG's other accidents:
2007 Consent Decree. The Environmental Enforcement Section negotiated a Consent Decree with EPNG resolving the United States’ allegations. The Consent Decree entered by the court in 2007:
* required EPNG to pay a $15.5 million civil penalty and undertake extensive injunctive relief to implement modifications and comprehensive reform on the entire 10,000 miles of EPNG pipeline system.
* resolved allegations in the Complaint that EPNG failed to employ personnel qualified in corrosion control methods; failed to investigate and mitigate internal corrosion in two of its pipelines transporting corrosive gas; and failed to suitably monitor those two pipelines to determine the effectiveness of steps taken to minimize internal corrosion.
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