Resident: Separate gas incident happened before pipeline explosion


MORELAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three months before a deadly natural gas line explosion and fire in Lincoln County, there was another gas incident, according to people who live in the area.

WHAS-TV reports homeowners on Givens Lane captured on video gas escaping from the Texas Eastern Transmission Compressor Station on May 8, 2019.

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The federal government timed the gas release at just over 40-minutes.  According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) incident report, more than 19-million cubic feet of natural gas shot up into the sky.  That translates into more than 232,000 gallons, according to the report.

PHMSA pinpointed the cause as a tripped breaker, which shorted a wire, causing a valve to get stuck, according to the report.

The plant provides pressure to Line 15, which is the same pipeline, four-miles away, that ruptured and exploded into a huge fireball on August 1, 2019.

The blast killed one woman, injured five other people and destroyed homes, vehicles and other property.

Federal authorities say the underground pipelines in the area are approaching 70-years old.

Enbridge, the owner and operator of the pipeline, says it is still analyzing and inspecting to make sure the Lincoln County explosion didn’t jeopardize other parts of the pipeline or affect the other two lines that run parallel to it.



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