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A Huge Natural Gas Line Explosion Just Lit Up West Virginia [PHOTOS]
business insider ^ | 12.11.2012 | Matthew Boesler

Posted on 12/11/2012 11:00:48 AM PST by Morgana

Reports are coming in of a big explosion in Sissonville, West Virginia.

Via local news outlet WSAZ:

The northbound lanes of Interstate 77 are closed in the Sissonville area, from Tuppers Creek to Pocatalico due to what's being called a major gas line explosion.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper tells WSAZ.com crews were called to what was described as a major gas line explosion in Sissonville.

WSAZ says that right now, no injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Below are two photos from Twitter. The first was posted by Charleston Gazette reporter

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KEYWORDS: explosion; gas; gasexplosion; westvirginia
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

There are reports coming in that this was the case.

http://www.wowktv.com/story/20316402/explosion-in-sissonville-7441-teresa-lane-cedar-ridge-center-nursing-home-homes-fire

“A gas well explosion rocked Sissonville shortly before 1 p.m. today, setting several homes on fire and forcing officials to issue a shelter in place for local residents.”


51 posted on 12/11/2012 12:47:09 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: chrisser
"Isn’t Sissonville where Buckwild is shot?"

Unfortunately it is. Tempting as it may be to insert a pun line or two on this, I will resist and offer prayers to all who may have been effected by this inferno.

52 posted on 12/11/2012 12:47:56 PM PST by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: buckalfa

So far no deaths reported and been glued to the TV and police scanner.
Only injuries are from breathing smoke.

Did hear several moments ago about the Dog Warden going out to Sissonville but could not catch was that was about.

So go ahead. Yea it was Buckwild’s Moonshine still exploding.


53 posted on 12/11/2012 12:52:15 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: PA Engineer

I always enjoy your posts when your engineer hat is on. I remember what you said about Sandy and how NYC will have problems in the future on how they tackled the problem and it wasn’t good!

Thanks for the pictures, if that pipe was ever on any road I traveled - I never noticed them but now I will and know what they are for.

Does a state have engineers inspecting the crossings and is the only way to do this is rip up the road? Do they have ‘ex rays’ to do this?


54 posted on 12/11/2012 12:54:15 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Morgana
Yes and I think their moonshine still just blew up.

LOL!

We have some property not too far away, in Wirt cty.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that shining is alive and well in the hills. Hope to take it up myself someday, for medicinal purposes, of course.

Are there any ping lists for the Metro/MOV regions?
55 posted on 12/11/2012 12:54:15 PM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Morgana

Yes, I looked at the map. Rt 77 runs N/S and he’s a distance south of Sissonville.


56 posted on 12/11/2012 1:08:10 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Morgana
A gas well explosion????

Just the news folk running around doing what they do best :)

57 posted on 12/11/2012 1:11:50 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: chrisser; WVNan; listenhillary; PA Engineer; Mr. K; All
sissonville Photobucket
58 posted on 12/11/2012 1:12:08 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: Morgana

I have a good friend north of there who has a large pipeline that runs across his property. He gets free gas to his house as part of an old contract to have some sort of valve on his place.

Always seemed like a great deal, but after seeing these pics I’m not so sure about that ...


59 posted on 12/11/2012 1:18:50 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Obamacare is the socialist cancer of the New Deal metastasized.)
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To: Morgana
I was thinking more in line of tens of dollars in damages, however WV is the butt of too many tasteless jokes as is. 15 years in Greenbrier County taught me that. Are you in Kanawha, Putnam, or Cabell counties? Prayers are still up for these folks.
60 posted on 12/11/2012 1:21:06 PM PST by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: presently no screen name
Does a state have engineers inspecting the crossings and is the only way to do this is rip up the road? Do they have ‘ex rays’ to do this?

The state and federal have regulations in regards to certain annual inspection requirements. The data is sent in as part of the compliance reports. My experience indicates the data is rarely reviewed beyond a yes or no that inspections were conducted.

There are two methods (short of excavation) for testing. Electrical and pigging are complimentary. The electrical, if properly interpreted would indicate problems with the cased configuration. The pigging would provide information on wall thickness and other anomalies.

I have been contracted in the past by companies to review their compliance work and data. Much of the data is taken by technicians who may understand the testing, or may just be going through the motions of collecting the data. I have found on many occasions that the data was either interpreted wrong for years or incorrectly gathered.
61 posted on 12/11/2012 1:32:35 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: EternalVigilance

What you see here if a f*** up by someone, somewhere high on the totem pole.

Natural gas is safe and efficient. The ding-a-lings running the show some times scare me.


62 posted on 12/11/2012 1:50:59 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: PA Engineer; presently no screen name; EternalVigilance; All
Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
63 posted on 12/11/2012 1:57:59 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: listenhillary

You can just feel the heat on your face, in that photo.


64 posted on 12/11/2012 2:03:15 PM PST by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: EternalVigilance

Yeah, he might want to reconsider.
If nothing else, call before digging.

http://www.americanleakdetection.com/newsleak/tag/ruptured-gas-line/


65 posted on 12/11/2012 2:06:28 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: PA Engineer

“There are remediation methods, however it is a problem that is regularly missed.”

I wonder how much could have been done with the hundreds of millions of dollars that Obama flushed down the hole with those solar energy firms if that had been directed to firming up some of our critical existing infrastructure?


66 posted on 12/11/2012 2:08:30 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: Erasmus; listenhillary
Photobucket Photobucket
67 posted on 12/11/2012 2:08:49 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: Morgana

68 posted on 12/11/2012 2:15:29 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: listenhillary

Imagine driving down the road and bam! I can’t believe they only shut down the northbound lanes.


69 posted on 12/11/2012 2:33:08 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: listenhillary

Barry Newman would could drive right through that.


70 posted on 12/11/2012 2:49:48 PM PST by Revel
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To: Morgana

Not the best testimonial to vinyl siding, that.


71 posted on 12/11/2012 4:53:50 PM PST by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: Morgana
What you see here if a f*** up by someone, somewhere high on the totem pole.

I was able to zoom in to the location of the crossing on google earth. Do you know if the Rt. 622 Exit 114 work was done recently?
72 posted on 12/11/2012 5:02:13 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: thackney

Grab the hotdogs and marshmallows Martha!


73 posted on 12/11/2012 5:10:46 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Eaker

Ping.


74 posted on 12/11/2012 5:12:19 PM PST by TheMom (Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts!)
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To: PA Engineer

“Do you know if the Rt. 622 Exit 114 work was done recently? “

I did not know there was work to be done. Then again it seems like they are always working on the interstate system in WV


75 posted on 12/11/2012 5:18:55 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: thackney

Seems I remember that.

Which station was it?


76 posted on 12/11/2012 5:22:02 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Eaker

The biggest one I remember was Florida Gas Transmission while at GIE. I think it was station 11 in Alabama.

During a unit blowdown, lightning struck the unit vent stack and ignited.

Might have burned out on it’s own, except for the panic it created.

There were several units there. Some one hit the station ESD and a station blowdown began. The other unit vents, and the station vent, were right next to the unit vent on fire.

When the pressure dropped enough and the flow slowed down, the fire had already spread.

Eventually it took out all three main pipelines crossing the yard.

One of the more memorable pictures was where a 36 inch valve seat had flown through the air, slicing a near perfect semi-circle out of a large tree, hundreds (thousand?) feet from the valve location.

Rudichuck had been on site of a previous one with the infamous crooked E. It was a big ball of fire but went out very quick with minimal damage. I cannot remember the pipeline.

on FGT, were doing an expansion a year or so later. The pictures they had of the fire were something else. I remember the local fire department made the mistake of trying to fight the fire before it spread to the pipelines themselves. They had to buy a new fire truck but no one was seriously hurt.


77 posted on 12/12/2012 5:00:48 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Morgana

Yes Morgana, I thought about the forest fire too. Thank God for the rain or that fire could have destroyed most of the town plus the forests. It’s a miracle it wasn’t worse.


78 posted on 12/12/2012 7:18:09 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Erasmus

There was a woman who rode out the fire in that house. She called her family and told them she loved them. She thought it was her last minutes to live. Can you imagine?


79 posted on 12/12/2012 7:22:22 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Morgana

They repaired the road overnight and opened it back up by this afternoon.


80 posted on 12/12/2012 7:24:03 PM PST by WVNan
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To: thackney

News said that Columbia Gas has been sited for safety violations several times. That’s gonna hurt.


81 posted on 12/12/2012 7:25:36 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Morgana
Here is a follow up on the pipeline explosion for your reference.

NTSB releases preliminary report on West Virginia pipeline rupture

The rupture occurred in a pipe that was a part of a pipeline segment installed in 1967 with an original, nominal wall thickness of 0.281 inches. The 20-foot ejected section of the pipe was fractured in the base metal along the entire longitudinal direction along the bottom of the pipe. The outside surface of the pipe was heavily corroded near the midpoint and along the longitudinal fracture. The thinned area was approximately 6 feet in the longitudinal direction and 2 feet in the circumferential direction. The lowest wall thickness measured was 0.078 inches.

I will find out sooner or later if this was a location of a pulled casing. The corrosion occurred contrary to established best practices, regulation and corrosion prevention technologies.
82 posted on 01/16/2013 3:20:47 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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