A natural gas pipeline exploded in Ellsworth County yesterday afternoon. A spokesperson for Northern Natural Gas, the pipeline owner and operator, says the explosion was caused by a natural gas leak. The company said there was no threat to public safety, and first responders shut off the gas and let the fire burn out.
Northern Natural Gas also had leak issues earlier this month; their natural gas underground storage facility in Lyons had well pad issues that released a gas smell throughout the town.
Though the explosion yesterday caused no injuries, it’s the third serious gas line explosion in Texas in the last 30 days. There was a natural gas line explosion in Plano just a few days ago that injured 6 people and leveled a home, and there was a gas explosion in Collin County that killed 2 people and injured 2 others a few weeks ago.
There’s no reason for Northern Natural Gas to have two major errors within a week of each other. In both cases, there was no injury or loss of life, but should the company wait until someone gets hurt before they take these problems seriously? We certainly don’t think so.
There are gas lines running through our homes, under our schools, and in our communities. Maintaining these lines safely and frequently is the only way to keep ourselves safe, but the only way gas companies will invest in their pipeline safety is if natural gas explosion lawyers compel them to.