In the rural town of Milford, a Chevron Corporation pipeline exploded this morning, causing the small town of 700 residents to evacuate. According to emergency officials on site, there have been no reported injuries thus far, although the city is taking every precaution necessary to protect the people. At this time, the specific pipeline has not been identified by Chevron, but they are the majority owners of the carrier pipeline system that travels from New Mexico to Texas. This common-carrier pipeline system is 2,295 miles long and transports natural gas liquids into Texas for processing. The West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership system is majority owned by Chevron, although Atlas Pipeline Partners does hold a 20% interest.
Incident Caused by Construction Crew Drilling
According to the Hill County Emergency Management crew, a Dallas construction team was drilling when they accidentally punctured a hole into part of a 10-inch liquefied petroleum gas line. Tom Hemrick, the director of emergency management, has stated that all construction workers have been accounted for and there have been no injuries thus far. Due to the possible threat of further explosions from a second pipeline traveling below, the city was evacuated as a precautionary measure; by allowing the second pipeline to flow, it is also helping to cool down the lines. Though the initial reports of the explosion were of large flames from the field near the drilling site, Hemrick states that they have significantly decreased since then.
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