Pipeline Explosion Prompts Investigation by Texas Railroad Commission
Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 9:35 am
A large gas pipeline explosion occurred this past Wednesday night, around 6 p.m., in Ector County, near Midland-Odessa. The explosion occurred near the DCP Midstream natural gas plant, and as of now, the cause of the blast is unknown.
To try and see what caused this explosion, the Texas Railroad Commission is sending an inspector from the commission’s Pipeline Safety Division to investigate. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed in the explosion, as workers near the site of the blast were able to run to safety in time. However, the explosion resulted in a fire that destroyed a welding shop and a blast that was heard by residents miles away.
The affected pipeline was owned by West Texas Gas, and the Texas Railroad Commission says that they’ll conclude their investigation into this explosion in 90 days, at which time they’ll release their findings.