Friday fracking video


Two months later...

Didn't really explain it, but it showed the explosion. I'll try to find more info...

Here are some excerpts

from the preliminary report:

At the accident location, there are three Enbridge pipelines that transport natural gas from Pennsylvania to Mississippi through a common corridor. The ruptured pipe was produced by A.O. Smith Corporation and placed into service in 1957. The pipe had an electric flash-welded seam and was coated with coal tar. The rupture occurred near pipeline milepost (MP) 423.4. The portion of Line 15 at the rupture site consists of 0.375-inch wall thickness steel pipe, with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 936 pounds per square inch, gauge (psig). When first constructed, gas in Line 15 flowed south-to-north; however, in 2014 Enbridge reversed the gas flow to north-to-south.[1] At the time of the rupture, gas in Line 15 was flowing north-to-south and was operating at 925 psig. The area in which the rupture occurred had not been designated by Enbridge as a High Consequence Area (HCA).[2]

In 2011, Enbridge performed an in-line inspection of Line 15 to evaluate pipeline material properties. Enbridge performed additional in-line inspections in 2018 and 2019 to evaluate pipeline geometry. Investigators are reviewing and reassessing the in-line inspection data from the area of the rupture.

On August 8, 2019, as a result of the accident, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a corrective action order to Enbridge.[3] In response to the rupture, Enbridge has isolated and shut down all three pipelines in the area of the accident. Line 15 will be isolated from the adjacent pipelines from Mississippi to Pennsylvania and will operate at or below 80 percent of normal operating pressure until the terms outlined in the PHMSA corrective action order are met, and PHMSA approves Line 15 to return to full service.

Line 15 previously ruptured on November 2, 2003, in Moorhead, Kentucky, releasing about 167,100 million cubic feet of natural gas which ignited. No fatalities or injuries occurred in that accident.[4] The rupture was located at MP 501.72, about 78 miles north of the Danville, Kentucky, rupture. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) did not investigate the 2003 rupture.

So they're still using Line 15, just at a lower pressure. That is not comforting, to say the least. How many more of these ancient systems are still in operation?