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Explosions at south Texas gas line
ap / yahoo news ^ | February 15, 2008 | not attritubted

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: border; closetheborder; explosion; gasline; homelandsecurity; illegalaliens; southtexas; terrorism; texas
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I searched but didn't see this. Not a lot of info yet.
1 posted on 02/15/2008 10:27:28 AM PST by prairiebreeze
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To: SwinneySwitch

S TX ping


2 posted on 02/15/2008 10:27:54 AM PST by prairiebreeze ("Mental institution Michael...think about it". -- FDT 2007)
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To: prairiebreeze

Maybe is was Hillary’s head after she saw the latest poll numbers for Texas...


3 posted on 02/15/2008 10:30:31 AM PST by Anti-Hillary (Lest anyone forgot, WE ARE AT WAR!!!!! NOW IS NOT THE TIME IN HISTORY TO TEACH THE PARTY A LESSON!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Definitely not a sign of terrorism. /s


4 posted on 02/15/2008 10:31:10 AM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Islamism until demonstrated otherwise.


5 posted on 02/15/2008 10:31:36 AM PST by onedoug
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To: prairiebreeze

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5545001.html

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.”


6 posted on 02/15/2008 10:31:37 AM PST by deport ( -- Cue Spooky Music --)
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To: prairiebreeze

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.


7 posted on 02/15/2008 10:32:38 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: deport

Thanks for the more detailed report.


8 posted on 02/15/2008 10:33:42 AM PST by prairiebreeze ("Mental institution Michael...think about it". -- FDT 2007)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


9 posted on 02/15/2008 10:35:15 AM PST by prairiebreeze ("Mental institution Michael...think about it". -- FDT 2007)
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To: prairiebreeze

Glad I bought gas this morning. So, when will we see $4.00 gallon gas; it always goes up when anything like this happens.


10 posted on 02/15/2008 10:36:20 AM PST by Lx ((Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.))
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To: taxesareforever

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.


11 posted on 02/15/2008 10:36:51 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: prairiebreeze

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.


12 posted on 02/15/2008 10:37:07 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: snowrip

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.


13 posted on 02/15/2008 10:38:45 AM PST by pennboricua
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To: prairiebreeze

Big/familiar city in Hidalgo cnty is...?

Who owns/operates the line?


14 posted on 02/15/2008 10:40:01 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: snowrip
Meanwhile, down the border a mile or two:


15 posted on 02/15/2008 10:40:34 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

McAllen

I don’t know about the gas line.


16 posted on 02/15/2008 10:42:20 AM PST by prairiebreeze ("Mental institution Michael...think about it". -- FDT 2007)
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To: snowrip

Both reports do mention explosions...plural. But OTOH, I suppose one to easily trigger another.

??


17 posted on 02/15/2008 10:42:59 AM PST by prairiebreeze ("Mental institution Michael...think about it". -- FDT 2007)
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To: prairiebreeze

Better immediately raise the price at the pump to $4 a gallon. Just in case and all.


18 posted on 02/15/2008 10:44:42 AM PST by mysterio
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To: Lx
So, when will we see $4.00 gallon gas

About 15 seconds after the pauper gas station owners see this story. They only make like a penny in profit off every two million gallons sold, dontcha know.
19 posted on 02/15/2008 10:46:14 AM PST by mysterio
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To: prairiebreeze

THX


20 posted on 02/15/2008 10:48:17 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Bump


21 posted on 02/15/2008 10:57:15 AM PST by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: prairiebreeze; patton
Just for the folks not from the oil patch......

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.

22 posted on 02/15/2008 11:02:47 AM PST by ASOC
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To: TexasCajun
Is this(Mccook) close to Alamo?Apparently there was a major brush fire in Alamo yesterday.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5544352.html>

23 posted on 02/15/2008 11:04:56 AM PST by quack
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To: ASOC
(groan) things go better with HTML...... 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 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!

24 posted on 02/15/2008 11:06:43 AM PST by ASOC
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To: prairiebreeze
NEAR MCCOOK - A gas line explosion forced the closure of FM 490 between FM 681 and 755. Thru traffic isn't being allowed. DPS troopers are diverting drivers.

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.

http://www.newschannel5.tv/2008/2/15/986758/Stretch-of-FM-490-Closed-After-Gas-Line-Explosion

25 posted on 02/15/2008 11:10:38 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: prairiebreeze
Sounds like we may have a possible cause :

"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.

26 posted on 02/15/2008 11:14:25 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: ASOC

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.

LOL.


27 posted on 02/15/2008 11:19:26 AM PST by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: prairiebreeze
Link: KRGV-TV video
28 posted on 02/15/2008 11:22:30 AM PST by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: pennboricua
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.

Uhhhhh... whatever you say.
29 posted on 02/15/2008 11:37:40 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: prairiebreeze


S A B O T A G E ?

30 posted on 02/15/2008 11:49:29 AM PST by jdm (You must have cookies enabled to log-in.)
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To: maquiladora

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.


31 posted on 02/15/2008 12:00:25 PM PST by Cvengr (Fear sees the problem emotion never solves. Faith sees & accepts the solution, problem solved.)
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To: onedoug

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.


32 posted on 02/15/2008 12:01:59 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Lx
So, when will we see $4.00 gallon gas; it always goes up when anything like this happens.

I think this pipeline may be for natural gas, not gasoline.

33 posted on 02/15/2008 12:11:57 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: ASOC

The earlier reports of it being a gas pipeline were apparently a reporter’s guess.


34 posted on 02/15/2008 12:15:23 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: HAL9000

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!


35 posted on 02/15/2008 12:20:42 PM PST by Lx ((Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.))
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To: onedoug

I go for that or illegals.


36 posted on 02/15/2008 12:24:36 PM PST by wastedyears (This is my BOOMSTICK)
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To: prairiebreeze

Oh, hell. $5.00 gallon by Monday!!! :)


37 posted on 02/15/2008 12:36:43 PM PST by RetiredArmy (It is time for Conservatives to think about forming our own party. NO MORE RINOs!!)
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To: onedoug
Islamism BP-owned pipeline until demonstrated otherwise.

There... fixed...
38 posted on 02/15/2008 12:57:47 PM PST by eraser2005
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To: prairiebreeze
Jeez, this stuff happens:

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 Company’s corrosion control program failed to prevent, detect, or control internal corrosion within the company’s pipeline. Contributing to the accident were ineffective Federal pre-accident inspections of El Paso Natural Gas Company that did not identify deficiencies in the company’s internal corrosion control program.

Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture and Fire Near Carlsbad, New Mexico August 19, 2000


39 posted on 02/15/2008 12:57:51 PM PST by CedarDave (What's the difference between Britney Spears and John McCain? Nothing, they're both crazy)
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To: prairiebreeze; Admin Moderator

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.


40 posted on 02/15/2008 12:57:53 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (It is not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war.)
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To: patton
In german, I could say all that in three or four words.

And a bargain too, at only twenty-eight syllables per word.
:-P

41 posted on 02/15/2008 1:07:07 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

Actually. last ime I called someone a Sammenausstossendesgassenschlampe, she took it as evidence that I can’t speak German.


42 posted on 02/15/2008 1:12:26 PM PST by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: prairiebreeze


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.

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43 posted on 02/15/2008 1:15:51 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: prairiebreeze

http://www.themonitor.com/articles/fire_9080___article.html/gas_county.html

Northwest county pipeline rupture causes fire, explosion

Sean Gaffney

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.


44 posted on 02/15/2008 1:21:22 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: patton

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)


45 posted on 02/15/2008 1:22:40 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

That is a Dienstleistungsimportueberschuss.


46 posted on 02/15/2008 1:27:01 PM PST by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: patton

Vie so, Herr Patton?


47 posted on 02/15/2008 2:46:23 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: patton
OK - even subtracting for repeated words, it still still comes out just over 130. You got me by over 50....

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!

48 posted on 02/15/2008 3:08:06 PM PST by ASOC
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To: MHGinTN

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.


49 posted on 02/15/2008 3:08:07 PM PST by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: ASOC

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.

“beer”

“bier”

Same word.


50 posted on 02/15/2008 3:16:40 PM PST by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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