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One injured in Pennsylvania gas pipeline explosion

03 May 2016

A large gas pipeline blast in Salem Township, Pennsylvania on May 2 injured one man and damaged two houses. The explosion happened in Spectra Energy's Texas Eastern pipeline, which links the Gulf Coast with shale supply regions in Pennsylvania and major markets in the northeast of the country. The closure of the pipeline led to a spike in prices in a region already hamstrung by a lack of capacity, according to Bloomberg.

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The section which ruptured is a large transmission pipe, 30 inches in diameter, and was built in 1981. An inspection four years ago revealed no major issues. There are four parallel Texas Eastern lines in the area and Spectra said that all of the lines were isolated within an hour of the incident.

Texas Eastern is one of the largest pipelines in the United States, with a capacity of 1.3 billion cubic feet per day.

Spectra said it was working with investigators from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on the incident. Additionally, a silt fence was installed to protect a nearby stream from any potential rainwater runoff, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has completed air quality monitoring, while the company is conducting surface water testing.

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