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    Pipeline explodes,killed 1 injured 3

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article...352/1001/rss01


    One person was killed and three others critically injured in a pipeline explosion Wednesday in Smith County.

    A part of the Midcontinent Express pipeline on County Road 99 south of Sylvarena, about 60 miles southeast of Jackson, exploded around 4 p.m., state emergency officials said. Energy company Kinder Morgan owns the pipeline.

    "A pressure test was being conducted by a third-party contractor when it failed," Kinder Morgan spokesman Joe Hollier said. "This is a tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to that family."

    The injured workers were "literally right on top" of the explosion, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said. He said their injuries were the result of pressure burns and not heat burns.

    One worker also was injured when a portion of the pipe fell on top of him, he said.

    The workers, reportedly from Texas and Louisiana, were airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    Two had life-threatening injuries and the third was in stable condition, Jim Pollard, a spokesman for AMR ambulance service, said. Officials had not disclosed their identities Wednesday evening.

    Smith County Coroner Billy Allen could not be reached.

    The force of the explosion snapped and bent a pipeline connected to a separator unit. The massive separator unit was slung several yards way.

    Hollier said the contractors from Beckville, Texas-based Grand Bluff Construction Co. and Priority Energy used nitrogen in the pressure test.

    Therefore, an evacuation wasn't necessary, Crumpton said. The closest home is about a quarter-mile away.

    "From what we gathered, it wasn't necessarily a loud explosion. We interviewed several neighbors and some said they heard it and some said they didn't," Crumpton said.

    Two tankers used to fill the pipeline with the testing agent were about 30 yards from the mangled pipe. Some of the reddish dirt that rose from the ground during the explosion formed a layer on top of the tankers.

    Kevin Stevens, an employee with Grand Bluff, said he was not allowed to comment on what happened.

    The National Transportation Safety Board is monitoring the situation and collecting information, spokesman Peter Knudson said.

    "I do not know yet if we are going to respond and investigate this accident," Knudson said late Wednesday afternoon.

    At 6:30 p.m., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had not yet made it to the scene but was expected.

    Kinder Morgan has had safety problems with its pipelines in the past. In 2006, the company agreed to spend up to $90 million on safety improvements following a string of problems on its western pipeline. A 2004 accident killed five people and burned four others, while a 2004 leak dumped 70,000 gallons of diesel into a northern California marsh.

    The Midcontinent Express is slated to be a 507-mile underground natural gas pipeline running from Oklahoma to Alabama. Construction of the $1.27 billion line is scheduled to be completed by August.

    Wednesday was not the first time a deadly pipeline accident occurred in rural Mississippi in recent years.

    In November 2007, two people were killed and seven were injured when Dixie Pipeline's propane line exploded in Carmicheal in Clarke County. Witnesses described seeing a ball of flames. Four homes and 150 acres were destroyed. The explosion reportedly was felt as far away as Quitman, about 20 miles north. According to the NTSB report, the accident cost Dixie Pipeline more than 430,000 gallons of propane and $3.3 million.

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    Well, haven't said much lately. I have to comment on this. Pray for the familys of these men. I pray each you will be safe and go home safe every day, as I do each time my husband goes that door and thank God when he arrives home safe.


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    omg....God bless those men

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    your advisor seems to think otherwise
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    One person was killed and three others critically injured in a pipeline explosion Wednesday in Smith County.

    A part of the Midcontinent Express pipeline on County Road 99 south of Sylvarena, about 60 miles southeast of Jackson, exploded around 4 p.m., state emergency officials said. Energy company Kinder Morgan owns the pipeline.

    "A pressure test was being conducted by a third-party contractor when it failed," Kinder Morgan spokesman Joe Hollier said. "This is a tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to that family."

    The injured workers were "literally right on top" of the explosion, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said. He said their injuries were the result of pressure burns and not heat burns.

    One worker also was injured when a portion of the pipe fell on top of him, he said.

    The workers, reportedly from Texas and Louisiana, were airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    Two had life-threatening injuries and the third was in stable condition, Jim Pollard, a spokesman for AMR ambulance service, said. Officials had not disclosed their identities Wednesday evening.

    Smith County Coroner Billy Allen could not be reached.

    The force of the explosion snapped and bent a pipeline connected to a separator unit. The massive separator unit was slung several yards way.

    Hollier said the contractors from Beckville, Texas-based Grand Bluff Construction Co. and Priority Energy used nitrogen in the pressure test.

    Therefore, an evacuation wasn't necessary, Crumpton said. The closest home is about a quarter-mile away.

    "From what we gathered, it wasn't necessarily a loud explosion. We interviewed several neighbors and some said they heard it and some said they didn't," Crumpton said.

    Two tankers used to fill the pipeline with the testing agent were about 30 yards from the mangled pipe. Some of the reddish dirt that rose from the ground during the explosion formed a layer on top of the tankers.

    Kevin Stevens, an employee with Grand Bluff, said he was not allowed to comment on what happened.

    The National Transportation Safety Board is monitoring the situation and collecting information, spokesman Peter Knudson said.

    "I do not know yet if we are going to respond and investigate this accident," Knudson said late Wednesday afternoon.

    At 6:30 p.m., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had not yet made it to the scene but was expected.

    Kinder Morgan has had safety problems with its pipelines in the past. In 2006, the company agreed to spend up to $90 million on safety improvements following a string of problems on its western pipeline. A 2004 accident killed five people and burned four others, while a 2004 leak dumped 70,000 gallons of diesel into a northern California marsh.

    The Midcontinent Express is slated to be a 507-mile underground natural gas pipeline running from Oklahoma to Alabama. Construction of the $1.27 billion line is scheduled to be completed by August.

    Wednesday was not the first time a deadly pipeline accident occurred in rural Mississippi in recent years.

    In November 2007, two people were killed and seven were injured when Dixie Pipeline's propane line exploded in Carmicheal in Clarke County. Witnesses described seeing a ball of flames. Four homes and 150 acres were destroyed. The explosion reportedly was felt as far away as Quitman, about 20 miles north. According to the NTSB report, the accident cost Dixie Pipeline more than 430,000 gallons of propane and $3.3 million.

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