Natural gas pipeline explosion near Milford, Texas

by TXsharon on November 14, 2013

in Explosions, Pipeline

This is a breaking story so there is not yet a lot of information. I will update as the story develops.

A pipeline exploded in Ellis County TX. Homes and schools have been evacuated. Fire out of control.





It looks like some kind of natural gas facility or drilling operation in the photo.

According to the new, this is an active drill site and the explosion occurred when they punctured the pipeline. However, that can’t be correct because they would not be drilling through a pipeline. I’m wondering it this was one of those hot tap operations where they try to hook up a new pipeline to an existing pipeline.

Reuters says there is another pipeline that may explode and require wider evacuations.

It’s a 10-inch liquids LPG gas pipeline owned by Chevron.

The entire town of Milford has been evacuated. LA Times.

Here is some information from Dory:

Chevron – Reliance Industries Limited (RTL) (India): 

February 17, 2011

Reliance Industries (RIL) today got a new partner for its Marcellus Shale gas assets in the U.S., as Atlas Energy shareholders approved its merger with Chevron Corporation. While RIL spokesperson declined to comment, a source close to the company said RIL was keen and interested in the shale gas business. Instead of working with Atlas Energy, it will now work with Chevron, he said.

RIL was miffed about being kept in dark and displeased with the fact that the valuation of Marcellus shale gas asset for Chevron deal was half of what Reliance paid for its 40 per cent stake. RIL has a 40 per cent stake in the joint venture with Atlas Energy, which it had formed last April. It had agreed to pay $1.7 billion for the said working interest in the underlying shale asset, Marcellus Shale. This included $340-million upfront cash payment and $1.36-billion drilling carry.

“Chevron owns 80 percent of the pipeline system and Atlas Pipeline Partners has a 20 percent stake.” [per Reuters ]

Chevron owns Atlas Energy, Atlas Pipeline Partners is an affiliate of Atlas Energy (

Atlas Pipeline Partners:  Atlas Pipeline also owns a 20% interest in the West Texas LPG natural gas liquids transportation pipeline, operated by majority owner Chevron Corporation.

Coming soon – Chevron blames Atlas Pipeline who in turns blames Atlas Energy who blames Chevron….  when in essence they are all the same corporation.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

WCGasette November 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

KERA just interviewed an industry rep who said the reason the fire was so bad was the weather.
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Anymous November 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

BOOM–goes Texas!!!! Don’t expect to have quality of life residential living in Texas.


GhostBlogger November 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

A drilling rig hit an ethane-propane line in 1981 in Ackerly TX, killing 4:


Alan Septoff November 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

So you’re saying there’s no way am oil and gas operator could be so incompetent as to accidentally drill through a pipeline?

Inquiring minds want to know.


TXsharon November 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

I thought it was inconceivably incompetent but I was wrong. I have more information coming when I get time to post it.


Mitzi Hammond Perkins November 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

the 10 inch line was damaged by the driller. a nearby 14 inch line is threatened.
Never EVER believe they know where all the gas lines are, because they don’t. I worked for an excavation/construction company for 20 years.


Judy November 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Money is the root of too much evil. Looking at this report I am wondering what has happened in Colorado with all the clean up from the flooded wells and sites there? How many more dangerous events are going to have to happen before we can shut these damn things down?!


Nick November 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

It looks like a workover rig. They aren’t used for drilling.. I’m not sure I know of a 10″ line that isn’t mapped and marked? Expect some sort of accidental damage that did not ignite immediately, allowing the surrounding crew to step back.


Tim Ruggiero November 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

Whew! what a relief to know that since it’s a workover rig, there’s no concern here. Whatever the cause, it’s good to know that pipeline mapping is so accurate.

What are the possibilities here, Nicky? Inaccurate map/no map or the crew misread the map?


Nick November 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Human error


Tillotson November 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

Well, I guess all the driller’s reps who speak in front of our city councils can no longer claim a 100% “accident free” record that ehy’ve alwasy claimed.

Of course, it was a lie before so I guess they can just keep telling lies in the future as well.


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