Skip to comments.Blast rocks NiSource Kentucky Columbia Gulf pipeline
Posted on 02/14/2014 12:31:20 PM PST by thackney
U.S. natural gas pipeline company NiSource Inc said it was investigating an explosion on its key Columbia Gulf Transmission interstate natural gas pipeline in Adair County, Kentucky that injured at least one person.
The blast early Thursday morning engulfed and destroyed homes and cars, authorities said.
The explosion and fire in Knifley, Kentucky, about 90 miles (145 km) south of Louisville, could be seen "just as plain as day" from Columbia, about 12 miles from the blaze, a local police officer said.
Katherine Dupuis, a spokeswoman for NiSource, said the company was investigating the incident and would provide more details later. She could not say if the pipeline was still operating.
Adair County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas said he believed the gas on that section of the pipeline was turned off.
Columbia Gulf Transmission consists of approximately 3,400 miles of pipeline and 11 compressor stations with nearly half-a-million horsepower, located primarily in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to the company website.
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Kentucky Pipeline Incident Update - 6:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. CT
February 13, 2014
Knifley, KY - At approximately 2:05 a.m. ET/1:05 a.m. CT, Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC operating teams detected a drop in pressure on the companys Line 200 pipeline in Adair County, Ky. Our operating crews immediately responded to the alert and determined that there was a rupture in the pipeline.
We activated our emergency response procedures and took steps to isolate the damaged portion of the pipeline. The flow of gas was stopped to the damaged pipeline shortly thereafter.
Our trained response teams are working with emergency responders now to assure the safety and security of the area where the rupture occurred. We dont yet know the cause but will be working with the appropriate authorities to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.
We know that there has been damage to homes and there are reports of injuries, as well as an evacuation of the surrounding community. A critical and immediate priority for our team is to work with local responders to meet the immediate needs of our neighbors.
At this time, we are focused on making the area safe and working with federal, state and local authorities, but we will continue to provide updates when we have more information.
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Kentucky Pipeline Incident Update - 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CT
February 13, 2014
Knifley, KY - While we regret that two individuals were injured this morning as a result of our ruptured pipeline, we are pleased to report that both have been released from the hospital. We remain thankful that there were no further injuries. Our staff is on site and speaking with those individuals, as well as reaching out to the local Red Cross, to offer any assistance that would help the community during this time. Columbia is and remains committed to our neighbors in Kentucky.
At this time, there is no impact to commercial operations on Columbia Gulf and no impact to Columbia Gas Transmission.
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Kentucky Pipeline Incident Update - 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CT
February 13, 2014
Investigation Under Way: We have received several inquiries seeking speculation as to a potential cause of todays incident, as well as detailed information about the pipeline, including operating and inspection history. These are all understandable and important questions, and they will be a central focus of the incident investigation process that began even as our emergency response teams were working to make the area safe early today.
Our investigative team mobilized immediately upon notification of this incident. We have team members on site in Adair County, working closely with appropriate local, state and federal authorities to review all aspects of the incident, including factors such as the operating, inspection and maintenance history of the pipeline, environmental conditions at the time of the rupture, and outside activity that may have taken place in the area. This investigation may take some time, but it is vital to providing assurance to the public that we understand and appropriately address the cause of the incident. Throughout this process, we will work with members of the public and all appropriate authorities to provide facts and updated information as they become available.
Additional Details Regarding Timeline: Here is updated information regarding the sequence of events this morning. Columbia Gulf Transmission estimates that the approximate time of the pipeline rupture was between 2:00 and 2:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Feb. 13. Columbia Gulf operations personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly after 2:15 a.m. EST. At approximately 2:45 a.m. EST operations personnel shut a main line valve on Line 200, stopping the flow of natural gas to the rupture area. The damaged portion of the pipeline was isolated at approximately 3:00 a.m. EST.
Additional Details Regarding System: In general, this system has been safely operating since the mid-1950s and 1960s. It transports natural gas from producing regions to markets in the Midwest and eastern US. We are able to maintain those deliveries for our customers today using alternative pipelines. Again, our immediate focus is on safety and community support, and additional details will come as our investigation continues.
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Given the attack on the power substation that’s not unfounded at this point.
These events do seem to be getting more frequent.
Speaking as someone who works in the midstream oil/gas industry and has for a couple decades (along with upstream and downstream facilities), no they are not more frequent, actually less frequent.
Public awareness, particular those that monitor internet news site is more frequent, but not the actual explosions/fires.
My thoughts as well.
More info at:
Significant Pipeline Incidents
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
My statement was about ‘events’ in general. Not specifically about the oil/gas industry.
Which events are you talking about then?
Boston...less than a year ago.
A search of past news items will reveal some others that have no explanation thus far but seemed suspicious.
So by “these events” you are assuming this is a terrorist attack?
Starting to worry? Have you seen the number of train derailments we have had? What about the fires?
Why not go bother "Black Agnes" in post #4? Her statement seems to go directly at whatever has your panties in a bunch.
Sorry, I was trying to understand your words.
No apology necessary. 'Tis I who should be offering such. One would think that I would have learned by now the hazards of Freeping while at work.
I didn't mean to get 'testy'. But that's what happens when my attentions are divided.
In fact, if I were at home and had a wee dram of Scotch under my belt, I'd have queried you further on your area of expertise. The oil game has always fascinated me. As does just about every aspect of Engineering for that matter.
Have a great weekend.
I can attest to the fact that pipelines are the safest method of hydrocarbon transportation by far and all of the 20 to 30 companies we perform services for constantly strive to work safer.
Yes - but now they’re happening very close together - did you see the gas well explosion news from Greene County, PA?