On February 15, 2017 natural gas leaking from a pipeline exploded in Refugio, Texas – southwest of Houston. It was the second such incident in as many weeks. The previous incident occurred in Paridas, Louisiana – west of New Orleans – Friday February 10. No one was injured in the Texas event. Two workers were reported injured and one missing and presumed dead in Louisiana.
This type of incident is far from rare. Over the past twenty years, pipeline accidents have averaged over 100 per year. With the number of pipelines increasing due to the recent upsurge in domestic natural gas and oil production, and existing pipelines aging, the number of leaks, fires and explosions is likely to increase. Continue reading “Pipeline Explosions are far from rare.”