Thursday, June 10, 2010

Second fatal gas pipeline explosion rocks Texas in as many days

LUBBOCK, Texas - A day after an accident on an Enterprise pipeline near Cleburne, Texas, claimed one life, a new gas pipeline explosion occurred on June 8 near Darrouzet, a small community in the Texas Panhandle, killing two people and wounding three others.
The blast in Lipscomb County, a few miles from the Oklahoma border and about 270 miles from Lubbock, occurred when a crew that was removing caliche - commonly used in making cement - from a pit for a dirt-contracting company, Lipscomb County Sheriff James Robertson said in a news release. The bulldozer being used by the crew hit the gas pipeline, causing the explosion.
The gas line involved is operated by Denver-based DCP Midstream, which shut off valves leading to the 14-inch pipeline, allowing the fire to burn out about four hours later, spokeswoman Roz Elliott said. She said the pipeline fed one of the company's processing plants.
The two killed were identified as Steven Douglas Odell, 32, and Johnnie Mike Renner, 44, Lipscomb County Sheriff James Robertson said.
In addition, one person was hospitalized in critical condition after the blast and two others were treated and released from a nearby hospital, officials said.

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