TV: Gas pipeline inferno levels homes in W. Virginia — “Burned so hot it actually melted a highway” — Possibility of secondary explosion (VIDEO)

Published: December 11th, 2012 at 9:03 pm ET
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WPXI: “The damage to homes in Sissonville is just the beginning. That fire burned so hot it actually melted a highway, I-77. So there’s a lot of roadwork to do tonight.”

WSAZ: “Possibility of secondary explosion”

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Published: December 11th, 2012 at 9:03 pm ET
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11 comments to TV: Gas pipeline inferno levels homes in W. Virginia — “Burned so hot it actually melted a highway” — Possibility of secondary explosion (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The slew of neighborhood explosions shows that natural gas isn't safe. Scientists should make the world safer, not dangerous.


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    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @TBP;-I don't know about that TBP?!-if given the choice,I'd opt for living with the danger of living in an area fraught with every kind of (manageable & previously encountered)danger EXCEPT that which nuclear technology(& lack of it!)could throw at me! I say go forward with ANYTHING cheap & abundant enough to make nuclear unattractive to its investors while taking the lessons learned from the rash of gas pipeline explosions of late and applying them during engineering & construction or upgrades to existing infrastructure as needed. Life is full of many surprises which more often than not are unpleasant & unwelcome.A gas explosion of any magnitude wouldn't be much fun to be in the vicinity of,but at least it remains a "local" concern as opposed to ANY scenario that takes place at a nuclear facility of ANY kind holding enough material with the potential for large scale release events with far-reaching implications! At least to my way of thinking……it's a helluva time to be alive and a "captive audience" as we have to watch the world come crashing down after a good run & go at it! It seems the Hand of Doom belongs to humanity itself though beginning in the 40's when they decided to implement their filthy nuke technology into our infrastructure & society without ever unlocking the secrets required to neutralize or control it despite hints that it was indeed Pandora's Box they'd opened in their haste to develop & deploy nuke crap! SHUT 'EM DOWN~NOW!! :(


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      • Bones Bones

        I wouldn't mind natural gas if it didn't involve fracking and the complete destruction of any potable water in the vicinity. I'd rather burn fossil fuels for power than the nuclear fission we have now it's just that these companies destroy the environment. A mix of fossil fuels and renewables with every year increasing the distribution and amount of renewables throughout the country to slowly phase out fossil fuel plants as possible. There are really so many options there is no reason our economy shouldn't be thriving riding on the back of clean power generation systems.


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I agree that gas equipment needs some major improvement. I wouldn't blame the scientist guys though because they are making safer designs all the time.

      One big problem is that many of the local gas networks in the US have old components, some over 100 years old. Think of the difference in materials technology, the craftsmanship of the work and the components of the gas distribution systems.

      I wonder how old the pipes were that leaked.

      Who knows how many situations like this are in the New England / East Coast area.

      Have the EQ's in the last couple years have rattled things lose all over?


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Time to switch away from the monopolies… they do not care about you, your kids, your health or your community, except for the money you pay them.

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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Can't they put monitors all over to detect things like this before they happen?


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  • ftlt

    Old infrastructure…. Gas lines are like highways and bridges – they are falling apart..

    The 20 trillion and growing bank bailout to international borderless bankers, investment overseas – [the "Free Trade/Global Economy" mantra of the pocket stuffing borderless and uncontrolled off-shore accounts for the wealthy] – and the expensive endless resource neoliberal wars for profit for the borderless few, prevent us from fixing our own infrastructure… They are bleeding our country dry… And these old decrepit systems are now killing American…

    Gas main deaths… Minneapolis/St. Paul bridge deaths and on and on… Faulty dangerous roads…

    What's next old decrepit nukes breaking down and killing millions???

    Occupy!!!


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    Wind and Solar… slay the big industry beast


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  • irhologram

    ALERT: Officials are now asking anyone living near the explosion site in Sissonville WV to evacuate. pic.twitter.com/7IcLYxMb – @charleywest
    That was posted yesterday afternoon here. http://jalopnik.com/5967574/an-incredibly-massive-explosion-has-set-the-highway-on-fire-in-west-virginia

    Pipe weakening by EQs sounds like a reasonable theory. I was thinking out of the box on anything else, all possibilities, .even something outrageously stupid, just to consider Everything. So I remembered that some of these bubbling up and welling up toxic cocktail locations have had H2S associated with it, not just Bayou Corne, but in California close to the salt on sea. These gases accompany volcanoes. Google Dutchsinse on plumes and you'll see evidence of plumes in many states, including Louisiana, striking videos where ground fire has been eliminated as explanation on radar of sudden pluming. OK. Still EQ theory. But what if gases are eroding the pipes, too. Remember the two sinkhole pipes that bent and floated. Probably not relevant, . Or, and this is a worse theory: what if the pipes are carrying gas that has many contaminants and contains corrosive materials: the "new" gas we use, sourced through fracking could be eating the pipes from the I side out.


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  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    I hope no one was killed.


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