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Pipeline explosion in Central Texas

16 September 2008

A fire, which lasted three hours, on a pipeline in Texas on 28th August was put out, despite vapours continuing to burn for days. Eagle Rock Energy Partners owns the pipeline which carries natural gas from the Permian Basis in West Texas to the Katy Hub near Houston, has not confirmed any injuries, although, the Texas Railroad Commission said a person working near the pipeline was injured.

Pipeline explosion in Central Texas
Pipeline explosion in Central Texas

The explosion occurred in the early hours of the morning, near Stairtown, approximately five miles northwest of Luling. No work was being done on the pipeline at the time, the cause of the explosion is unknown.

Approximately ten families, living within half a mile of the pipe were evacuated and the line was closed down while crews let the gas burn off. The 36 inch pipeline had been carrying 35 million cubic feet per day of gas. All but 5 million cubic feet has been diverted to alternate outlets.

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