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South Texas pipeline blast leads to evacuations, no injuries

ENCINAL, Texas — A fiery natural gas pipeline explosion in South Texas has forced dozens of people from their homes and canceled classes at a nearby school. Nobody was hurt in the accident before dawn Friday near Encinal (EN’-suh-nahl), 25 miles north of Laredo. Authorities are seeking the cause of the blast. City Manager Velma Davila (DAH’-vee-lah) says 30 to ...

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2 of 3 workers killed in pipeline explosion identified

GIBSON, La. — A maintenance company has released the names of two of the three people killed in a pipeline explosion in Terrebonne Parish. Danos, an oil and gas service company, says two of their contract employees, 40-year-old Samuel Brinlee, of Berwick, and 36-year-old Casey Ordoyne, of Larose, died in Thursday’s accident at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in ...

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Pipeline company investigates explosion


CUERO – In the 62 years she has lived in DeWitt County, the heart of Eagle Ford Shale country, Dorothy Arndt had never seen anything like Sunday’s pipeline explosion, and she hopes she never does again. The air felt like an oven when she stepped outside in her nightgown. “The heat knocked me back,” Arndt, 84, said. “I looked across the ...

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Evacuations but no injuries after pipeline ruptures in Texas

CUERO, Texas — Authorities say no one is injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in rural South Texas, sparking a massive fire that prompted the evacuation of nearby homes. DeWitt County Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Peggy Fonseca says an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline ruptured near Lindenau around 8 p.m. Sunday. Fonseca said early Monday that the gas had been ...

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California regulator: State’s utility “too big” for safety?

SAN FRANCISCO — Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California’s largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state’s top utility regulator says. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said he would ask the commission’s staff to study “the culture of safety” ...

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Top 5 Marcellus stories of the week

5. Marcellus horizontal well activity The cutting back and laying off trend has made its way to the Marcellus Shale formation– all because of low energy prices. Across the state of Pennsylvania, counties have seen drops in rigs, permits, jobs and budgets.  To read the full story, click here. 4. One CEO thinks Marcellus-Utica comes out on top Even with oil and ...

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Boom goes the pipeline, again

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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 ...

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Firefighters quickly control fire at oil pumping station


A quick response by local fire departments last week is credited for limiting damage at a Marathon Petroleum pumping station near Catlin north of Rosedale in rural Parke County. A pump motor caught fire at about 8:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, Marathon spokesperson Angela Graves confirmed. “It was put out very quickly,” Graves said. “The local emergency responders responded very ...

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Blast hits Ukraine pipeline, terrorism suspected

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An explosion has hit a pipeline carrying Russian natural gas across Ukraine to Europe, and the Ukrainian interior minister says they suspect it may have been a “terrorist act.” Tuesday’s blast, which occurred far from where government troops are fighting pro-Russia separatists, came a day after Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over ...

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Officials investigating oil rig fire near Watford City

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By Amy Dalrymple WATFORD CITY – Inspectors are investigating an oil drilling rig fire that occurred near here Tuesday afternoon that resulted in one worker’s injury, officials said Wednesday. Authorities responded to a report of a rig explosion at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday at a Nabors Drilling rig on a Whiting Petroleum location, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office said. When responders arrived, ...

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