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Tug boat, barge hit pipeline near New Orleans, causing fire
Yahoo News ^ | March 13, 2013 | Reuters

Posted on 03/13/2013 12:11:40 PM PDT by thackney

A tug boat pushing an oil barge struck a pipeline in waters near New Orleans on Tuesday, setting off a fire and injuring the vessel's captain, and there were reports of oil in the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard said that all crew members had been able to escape the 47-foot (14-meter) tug, although the captain was reported to have suffered second- to third-degree burns.

It added that the Coast Guard had responded by helicopter and boat to the incident near Bayou Perot, 30 miles south of New Orleans, and said there had been reports of "oil in the water" but gave no further details.

There were no further details about the size of the spill or the type of pipeline hit.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: energy; naturalgas; pipeline
La. pipeline blaze could burn until Thursday
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/La-pipeline-blaze-could-burn-until-Thursday-4350169.php

Photos: US Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega

1 posted on 03/13/2013 12:11:42 PM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

I should have filled up today.


2 posted on 03/13/2013 12:30:51 PM PDT by PJammers (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: PJammers

Do you have a vehicle that runs on Natural Gas?


3 posted on 03/13/2013 12:32:14 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

More info and pics at the gcaptain website URL: http://goo.gl/BQ4iS


4 posted on 03/13/2013 12:32:23 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: FDNYRHEROES

Thanks for that link. It states an LPG (propane) pipeline. My other link called it gas.

Chevron Corporation : Barge, Pipeline Burn After Crash; Oil Slick Visible
http://www.4-traders.com/CHEVRON-CORPORATION-12064/news/Chevron-Corporation-Barge-Pipeline-Burn-After-Crash-Oil-Slick-Visible-16537651/

The pipeline, carrying liquefied petroleum gas, is owned by Chevron Corp. (CVX) and the tug by Setoon Towing LLC, according to the Coast Guard news release.

A spokesman for Chevron said the company has shut in the pipeline, which connects the Venice, La., gas plant to the pump station in Paradis, La. The company said products are being rerouted to avoid the pipeline, and the company has mobilized emergency crews to help with the response.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 12:56:39 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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U.S. Coast Guard Photos

6 posted on 03/13/2013 12:58:11 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Low water in the Mississippi?


7 posted on 03/13/2013 1:04:48 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
I don't think so.


8 posted on 03/13/2013 1:14:46 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Do you have a vehicle that runs on Natural Gas?
Doesn't matter.

Suppliers use any excuse to raise prices.

9 posted on 03/13/2013 1:16:32 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: thackney

The picture shows the barge in the river ,and doesn’t show any pipeline near, So either he was out of the channel or the pipelin runs along the bottom and he hit it.

I see some sort of sign there that doesn’t appear to be a channel buoy , perhaps it is a warning of an underwater pipeline.


10 posted on 03/13/2013 1:19:11 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Actually, my graph is probably too close to New Orleans.

30 miles South of New Orleans is likely near tide level.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 1:19:18 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Venturer
This may be closer to site.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=West+Pointe+a+la+Hache&hl=en&ll=29.598536,-89.866791&spn=1.061527,1.783905&sll=29.785833,-89.965668&sspn=1.05955,1.783905&gl=us&hnear=West+Pointe+A+La+Hache,+Plaquemines,+Louisiana&t=m&z=10

12 posted on 03/13/2013 1:21:34 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Bratch
Suppliers use any excuse to raise prices.

Do you actually believe they can do that, and do not do it every day?

If they could ask any price they want, why would it ever go down?

13 posted on 03/13/2013 1:22:41 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Venturer
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Sign says:

If you can read this, you're too close to the pipeline.

< /sarc>

14 posted on 03/13/2013 1:26:49 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

3 feet aint much water and the latest chart shows less than that.

A tugboat drawing down while pushing with the screws struts and rudder hanging beneath probably needs more than that.


15 posted on 03/13/2013 1:28:04 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

That is elevation above standard sea level, not depth.


16 posted on 03/13/2013 1:28:53 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

We’ll agree to disagree. ;)


17 posted on 03/13/2013 1:33:35 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: thackney

As you can tell I am not an expert on water levels.

The story does not say why the pipeline was hit in what looke like the middle of the river.


18 posted on 03/13/2013 1:44:52 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Bratch

So you really believe prices can be raised for any reason they want, but they normally don’t?


19 posted on 03/13/2013 1:46:07 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Venturer
According to a couple articles with more detail, this isn’t the Mississippi River channel, but a bayou of of it.

Coast Guard Ensign Tanner Stiehl said the collision happened Tuesday at about 6 p.m. CDT on Bayou Perot, in a marshy area near where Lafourche and Jefferson parishes meet, about 30 miles south of New Orleans.

...

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, who represents the area, told WWL-TV the fire was in very shallow water, as little as a foot deep, and authorities would not approach the site until the fire had burned itself out.

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/03/louisiana-tug-boat-hits-pipeline-causes-explosion-86176.html#ixzz2NSHkdXeC

I suspect they were out of the channel they thought they were in.

20 posted on 03/13/2013 1:52:21 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Venturer

Found Bayou Perot, more of a shallow lake connecting two bigger lakes. In this marsh area, there tends to be little difference between land and water

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=perot+bayou&hl=en&ll=29.632263,-90.163937&spn=0.132648,0.222988&sll=29.602267,-89.755211&sspn=0.132688,0.222988&gl=us&hnear=Bayou+Perot&t=h&z=13


21 posted on 03/13/2013 2:02:51 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Phew, no thank goodness. I guess next time I’ll read the entire article.:-)


22 posted on 03/13/2013 3:44:16 PM PDT by PJammers (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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