Tuesday morning a pipeline exploded in near McAllen, Texas killing 30 people and injuring over 40, some seriously.
Executives said a valve apparently failed as workers performed routine testing where pipelines from gas wells in the Burgos basin converge near the border with Texas. The plant distributes the gas into a processing plant next door that produces fuel for domestic use.
Mexico blast a blow to Pemex’s improving safety
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 12:52 AM CDT Updated: Sep 20, 2012 5:12 PM CDT
By MARK STEVENSON
My notes from the PSYOPS conference:
43:43 Question from moderator: Bar is set so high by the public. “Energy production is a contact sport. It’s like going to a football game and not expecting–ever–a player to be left on the field, pardon me, but a graphic hit. Add to that, it’s a combustible sport, that’s why we want the energy–because it catches fire—and I’m wondering if there’s anything we can do with that context, any way to draw analogy of it so as to lower the bar and associate it with mistakes. It’s a physics based reality that mistakes happen and … be able to hear that. So any thoughts on context in providing the realities associated with human error and other forces that cause mistakes and getting the facts out there almost lessening the demoninator.”
Translation: How can we lower the bar and make it okay that we blow people up sometimes?
UPDATE: From the comments:
Homes in McAllen rocked from the blast that was about 10 miles away.
Authorities who are investigating the blast suspect illegal tapping of pipelines by criminal groups.
Illegal oil and gas tapping goes back a long way in the United States.
In 1977, Texaco was caught criminally siphoning huge amounts of natural gas that belonged to the people, for its own purposes. It illegally diverted the gas from federal offshore fields to its refinery in Texas.
I’ve heard of “hot-tapping” which is something they do here in the Barnett Shale, even in residential areas in Flower Mound. But this is the first I’ve heard of illegal tapping.