On Monday morning another gas pipeline exploded, marking the fourth extreme accident involving a U.S. pipeline just this month.
The gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia, is owned by Enterprise Products LP. Several eye witnesses stated all they could see was a massive fireball rocketing hundreds of feet in the air. One witness told emergency dispatchers that the explosion melted siding off of one home and damaged at least one power line. Enterprise Products is conducting an investigation to find the cause of the explosion.
This explosion is the fourth pipeline incident that has made headlines this month. Earlier in the month, a gas pipeline in Mississippi operated by GulfSouth Pipeline burst into flames, causing a smoke plume so large it registered on National Weather Service radar screens. On January 17th, a pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC in Montana spilled an estimated 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River. The spill left thousands of people living in Montana without consumable tap water. Days later, three million gallons of saltwater drilling waste spilled from a North Dakota pipeline. The spill was deemed North Dakota’s largest pollutant release into the environment since the beginning of the oil boom.
Below is footage from the pipeline explosion in Brooke County: