Skip to comments.Explosions at south Texas gas line
Posted on 02/15/2008 10:27:27 AM PST by prairiebreeze
Multiple explosions are being reported at a south Texas gas pipeline. Authorities say some people are injured.
How the explosions happened isn't immediately clear.
Authorities are working to cordon off the area and put out a fire.
The explosions were reported near McCook, a town near the U.S. Mexico border.
S TX ping
Maybe is was Hillary’s head after she saw the latest poll numbers for Texas...
Definitely not a sign of terrorism. /s
Islamism until demonstrated otherwise.
McCOOK Firefighters were waiting until oil burns off inside a pipeline that exploded here today before trying to get closer to the blaze.
Black smoke rushed across a cloudy sky in northern Hidalgo County today, driven by winds gusting to 40 mph. Orange flames were visible in the air just over a rise.
One person on property adjacent to the explosion site was injured and is being treated, said Linn San Manuel Fire Department Chief Domingo Hinojosa Jr. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.
“We’re just waiting for the fire to burn down,” Hinojosa said. Firefighters shut off the flow of crude distillate oil about 10 miles down the pipeline and were waiting for the rest of the crude to burn off.
Hinojosa said he did not know who owned the pipeline or what caused the explosions at about 9:30 a.m.
Phyllis Pilarcyzk owner of the McCook Trading Post, said she knew little “except it was a big boom.” She described the rural farming community in northwest Hidalgo County as “30 miles from anything.”
Not a lot of info yet. The location is kind of isolated and the fire is hot! Hot! Not letting anyone closer than a mile. One injured and being treated on site.
Thanks for the more detailed report.
It’s windy in Hidalgo county today, but not as bad as yesteray. Thank goodness at least the area is isolated and seems now only one injuried.
Glad I bought gas this morning. So, when will we see $4.00 gallon gas; it always goes up when anything like this happens.
Tune into Shep on Fox later ... he will know every road and intersection in this rural county that is roadblocked and which FM to take to avoid the tractor congestion.
I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but “multiple exposions” makes me think immediately of multiple charges, which would be the technique used to cut the pipeline.
I was thinking the same thing and if that is the case, it was Bush who ordered it be done, so he can blame the Democrats. sarc.
Big/familiar city in Hidalgo cnty is...?
Who owns/operates the line?
I don’t know about the gas line.
Both reports do mention explosions...plural. But OTOH, I suppose one to easily trigger another.
Better immediately raise the price at the pump to $4 a gallon. Just in case and all.
DISTILLATE OIL A general classification for one of the petroleum fractions produced in conventional distillation operations. It is used primarily for space heating, on-and-off-highway diesel engine fuel (including railroad engine fuel and fuel for agricultural machinery), and electric power generation. Included are products known as No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 fuel oils; No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 diesel fuels.
Distillate fuel oil is reported in the following sulfur categories: 0.05% sulfur and under, for use in on-highway diesel engines which could be described as meeting EPA regulations; and greater than 0.05% sulfur, for use in all other distillate applications.
The pipeline could have corroded and leaked. Oil puddles in several areas. Fire starts (Illegals campfire?) Heat causes off gassing Things go boom more than once. Or In the dark of night, a secert Iran intel/SBK squad enetered the area thru the open border with Mexico, planted large amounts of Semtex explosives and timers, then unassed the AO via Mexico to watch the fireworks from afar while as small stay-behind squad was timing the response, monitoring communications and level of response to plan further, much larger attacks on the eve of the uopcoming election thus ensuring John McCain gets elected..... Hey Patton - beat that! 74 words in the sentance....and fiction to boot.
Oil puddles in several areas.
Fire starts (Illegals campfire?)
Heat causes off gassing
Things go boom more than once.
In the dark of night, a secret Iran intel/SBK squad entered the area thru the open border with Mexico, planted large amounts of Semtex explosives and timers, who then unassed the AO via Mexico to watch the fireworks from afar while a small stay-behind squad was timing the response, monitoring communications and level of response to plan further, much larger attacks on the eve of the upcoming election thus ensuring John McCain gets elected.....
Hey Patton - beat that! 75 words in the sentence....and fiction to boot!
We're told one person suffered minor exposure to the flames. Crews on scene are checking on the unidentified individual.
There was also significant damage to the pavement near the explosion.
Dozens of agencies are on the scene trying to figure out what went wrong. We're told the magnitude of the explosion could make it difficult to find its cause. HESCO Gas has also sent supervisors and crews to the area.
"County officials told Action 4 News that six people were working near the pipeline at the time of the explosion." - http://www.team4news.com/Global/story.asp?S=7878064
Sounds like an accident during repair work rather than anything else.
I love a challenge.
“The reconquerers, still angry with the American usurpation of the traditional Mexican territory, and funded by the Saudis to delay any attempt by the arrogant Americans to become energy independent, thus preserviving Saudi revenue to fund terrorist attacks on the arrogant Americans, along with private school tuition for the children of holy Saudi Mujadeen at their local Madrassas in the corrupt United states, thus protecting the faith and purity of the holy Saudi children of Islam, A’llah In’shallah, especially the girl children, but only with the intervention of the moral police, crept accross the border after emplacing their weapons of national restoration (bombs), back into their native Mexico, but having left a cohort of dedicated freedom fighters to observe the resulting conflaguration, and the inevitable response, that the next strike for freedom might be even more effective.”
In german, I could say all that in three or four words.
More likely a cable TV company was placing direct bury cable with a vibratory blade or even somebody with a backhoe doing adjacent work and crossed the pipeline Rights of way, nicking the line and lighting it off.
If it had been a major natural gas transmission line it could rip out of the ground like a giant water wiggle for about 100 feet and blowoff sounding like a freight train for about 30 minutes.
Once encountered a dozer operator who didn’t pay attention to the rights of way, nicked a 1600 psi line and it tore all the skin off his body, throwing up into a tree, while it blew off for 30 minutes.
The line described probably came from a local producer or secondary plant prior to liquid petroleum shipping to a transfer station.
Nope, we can rule out terrorism before we even investigate.
This is what is done in all cases. We have to keep people from becoming too alarmed and actually realizing the threat of Islam that we face in the world today.
Could have people do some “un-PC” things otherwise.
I think this pipeline may be for natural gas, not gasoline.
The earlier reports of it being a gas pipeline were apparently a reporter’s guess.
I don’t think that matters, my point which was not well made was that anytime something like this hiccups, gas prices go up and up!
I go for that or illegals.
Oh, hell. $5.00 gallon by Monday!!! :)
At 5:26 a.m., mountain daylight time, on Saturday, August 19, 2000, a 30-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline operated by El Paso Natural Gas Company ruptured adjacent to the Pecos River near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The released gas ignited and burned for 55 minutes. Twelve persons who were camping under a concrete-decked steel bridge that supported the pipeline across the river were killed and their three vehicles destroyed. Two nearby steel suspension bridges for gas pipelines crossing the river were extensively damaged. According to El Paso Natural Gas Company, property and other damages or losses totaled $998,296.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the August 19, 2000, natural gas pipeline rupture and subsequent fire near Carlsbad, New Mexico, was a significant reduction in pipe wall thickness due to severe internal corrosion. The severe corrosion had occurred because El Paso Natural Gas Companys corrosion control program failed to prevent, detect, or control internal corrosion within the companys pipeline. Contributing to the accident were ineffective Federal pre-accident inspections of El Paso Natural Gas Company that did not identify deficiencies in the companys internal corrosion control program.
Prairie, this should be in breaking news, not activism.
Dang, this is the third time in 24 hours...people are going to think I’m campaigning to be a mod.
And a bargain too, at only twenty-eight syllables per word.
Actually. last ime I called someone a Sammenausstossendesgassenschlampe, she took it as evidence that I can’t speak German.
Northwest county pipeline rupture causes fire, explosion
February 15, 2008 - 10:22AM
McCOOK - A gas line rupture west of the city sent flames shooting across the highway and plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky today, damaging a major access road for oil and gas companies.
A stretch of Farm-to-Market Road 490 between FM 611 and FM 755 remains closed as officials let the gas burn out of the pipeline and assess the damage to the road, which is expected to remain closed at least through the day, Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider said.
One person, working at an adjacent station suffered minor injuries in the explosion. He initially left the scene, but officials were bringing him back to the scene for medical evaluation early Friday afternoon.
At least nobody is in violation of the Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.
(Cribbed from http://german.about.com/library/blwort_long.htm , I haven’t taken a German course in more than thirty years)
That is a Dienstleistungsimportueberschuss.
Vie so, Herr Patton?
Two unrelated topics - which I’ll grant seem to be allowed by the rules, (http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/#The%20rules) does dilute the purity of the thought stream. As a snide aside, no Saudi funding for Mexican Nationalists is proven as yet - Narco terrorism, however, is a given.....
Also allowed — the nefarious double dash, a crutch of the cheapest sort if there ever were one.
I DO have to award points for
“weapons of national restoration” (good parallel phrase use)
“cohort of dedicated freedom fighters” (cohort in a rational sense)
and one I missed
“conflagration”(sp tho) - given the topic it was almost a natural & I missed it!
Round one to you. You pick next topic/story, and get the first pass....Just one request - no Star Trek topics, please!
Well, see, every subordinate clause in a sentence can become an adjective, and all adjectives can become precoursers to a noun.
So “The running man”, becomes, “The runningman”.
“the man who ran yesterday” becomes “theyesterdayrunningman.”
Nice shorthand, if you can read it.
Rules seem to say 60 words or less? What fun is that?
And I last watched Star Trek as a kid.
And anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word, has not studied languages.