A natural gas pipeline exploded June 8 near the town of Darrouzett in the Texas Panhandle’s Lipscomb County, killing two construction workers and injuring three others. The men were working for a contracting company hauling caliche when a bulldozer struck the pipeline. Fire trucks responded from a number of nearby counties, including from across the state line in Oklahoma. A video of the site showed a blackened patch of grassland hundreds of feet in diameter, with the smoldering carcasses of three 18-wheel trucks, a van, a flatbed truck and two tractors.
The explosion came a day after an underground gas pipeline in Cleburne, Johnson County, south of Dallas, burst into flames as construction work was being carried out nearby. One person was killed, and a number of others injured. The Texas Railroad Commission is investigating whether pipeline owner Enterprise Product Partners of Houston properly marked the gas pipeline in the Cleburne incident. (UPI, June 9; CNN, June 8)
We have already noted the internal colonization of Texas by the gas companies.
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