What Could Go Possibly Wrong?

» Transmission Line EMF Interference with Buried Pipeline
» AC Corrosion on cathodic pipelines
» Wisconsin Public Service CommissionPage 5, brief mention of pipelines and power lines not being able to be in same ROW
» Maine Gov. Office of Independence & Security, Page 19 – 23

Proof from in the field in Plainfield, MA that they intend to build alongside, not within utility corridors.



36″ gas pipeline explosion in Cleburne, TX, 2010. Heat forced emergency vehicles to stay 1/2 mile away until valves could be closed.

How much impact a pipeline rupture and explosion has is determined by three factors:  the diameter of the pipe, the pressure at which it operates and how far apart the shut-off valves are.

Generally, smaller pipes like those on lateral lines running as side branches to the main transmission line run at a lower pressure.  Pressure in densely populated areas is generally lower than in rural “low consequence” areas, also known as “sacrifice zones”.  These zones also have different requirements for the gauge of metal used – the thinnest being in the most rural “Class 1” zones.

How far apart the regulator or shut-down valves are depends on the density of population surrounding the pipeline. This can range from 2-1/2 miles apart in densely populated areas to 10 miles apart in rural areas.


20″ gas pipeline explosion in Sissonville, WV, 2012.

» “Apparently we were very lucky,” said Tom Miller of the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department.  READ MORE …

» Articles about the Sissonville explosion from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Video caught by travelers.

» UPDATE: Company addresses Refugio pipeline explosion
by Chris Ramirez , Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Feb. 15, 2017

» Company Behind DAPL Reported 69 Accidents, Polluting Rivers in 4 States in Last Two Years
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
February 14, 2017

» 176,000-gallon North Dakota pipeline leak wasn’t detected by electronic equipment: The spill caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil to pour into a creek
by James Macpherson, Associated Press
December 12, 2016

Desmog Blog
Eight Years After a Mercaptan  Spill, Residents Call for Evacutation
By Julie Dermansky • August 5, 2016

KTLA Channel 5 News
Natural Gas Likely Cause of Explosion That Rocked Neighborhood, 9 Firefighters Injured

By CNN Wire
March 9, 2016

Oh, and yes. New pipes can also explode.

Rachel Maddow Show, January 27, 2015

»KEN5 Eyewitness News/San Antonio, Texas
Ken 5 Crew Headed Reports Pipeline Explosion Encinal 
Marvin Hurst, reporting
October 16, 2015

TransCanada Keystone 1 Pipeline Suffered Major Corrosion Only Two Years in Operation

» If We Allow the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, This is What Could Happen in Peabody
Blog post listing large pipeline explosions on KM pipelines, by Bob Croce of Peabody Citizens United

» The Blast Radius: What Does It Mean for Your Neighborhood?
A very handy guide to determining what the blast radius in your area might be.

» The Trouble with PHMSA (Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)
Washington Journal, C-SPAN
April 27, 2015

» NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines
By Joan Lowy, Associated Press
January 27, 2015


» American Gas Association White Paper: Automatic Shut-Off Valves (ASV) and Remote Shut-Off Valves (RSV) on Natural Gas Transmission Lines


» Gas pipes damaged in Mass. with alarming frequency
By Shelley Murphy, Boston Globe           
October 27, 2018

» Evacuations underway near Prince George, B.C., after reports of gas line explosion
CBC News
Oct 09, 2018

» National Grid ordered to halt all non-emergency work
Boston 25 News
Oct 9, 2018

» Mass. DPU orders halt of work, review of National Grid safety practices after pressurization issue
Channel 7 News, Boston
October 8, 2018

» How Atmos Energy’s natural gas keeps blowing up Texas homes (while customers pay the tab)
By Cary Aspinwall and Holly K. Hacker, Dallas News, September 23, 2018

» Gas explosions near Boston are just the latest in a long string of blasts
Blasts bring back memories of the San Bruno disaster
By Patrick May, The Mercury News
September 14, 2018

» Officials warn it will be a slow return to normalcy in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover
By John R. Ellement, Adam Vaccaro, Milton J. Valencia, Laura Crimaldi and Martin Finucane; Boston Globe
September 14, 2018

» Cause of explosions, fire in Lawrence area unclear
By David Abel, Boston Globe
September 14, 2018

» 1 dead, at least 10 injured in Merrimack Valley gas disaster
By Kiera Blessing, Eagle Tribune
September 14, 2018

» Massachusetts Gas Explosions: Dozens of Homes Burn in Andover and Lawrence
By Katharine Q. Seelye, Farah Stockman, Jacey Fortin and Monica Davey; New York Times
September 13, 2018

» Man killed, 12 injured after 70 gas explosions, fires rock Lawrence, Andover, North Andover
Steve Cooper, WHDH.com
September 13, 2018

» Multiple Gas-Related Explosions, Fires Reported in Massachusetts
There is no word yet on whether anyone has been injured
By Marc Fortier, NECN
September 13, 2018

» Pipeline explosion: Part of line shut down during investigation
Heavy rain suspected of playing a role, as it did during earlier problems with the pipeline
By Reid Frazier, NPR
September 11, 2018   

» Officials believe landslide may have triggered massive gas pipeline explosion in Beaver County
By Kris Mamula and Anya Litvak, Post-Gazette
September 10, 2018

» WATCH: Pipeline explosion in Kansas
By KWCH – Local 21 News, Kansas
June 15, 2018

» Noise Nightmare as Algonquin Pipeline Woes Lead to 24-hour Work, Residents relocated as Spectra tries to get pipe out from under the Hudson after its first failed attempt to install it.
By Lanning Taliaferro (Patch Staff)
September 2, 2016

Reader Supported News
Pipelines Leak and the People Who Own Them Lie

By Charles Pierce, Esquire
April 21, 2015

‘Pipelines blow up and people die’

April 21, 2015

Business Insider
A major gas line explosion injures at least 11 in Northern California

By Scott Smith
April 17, 2015

Dr. SuRu’s Blog
Dear John Oliver

By Dr. Susan Rubin
March 2, 2015

STOP the Pipeline
What FERC Says Should Happen vs What Actually Happens

February 25, 2015

As N.J. pipeline network grows, safety is concern

By James M. O’Neill
February 13, 2015

New Hampshire Union Leader
Kinder Morgan pipeline safety record fuels NH opposition

By Dave Solomon
February 7, 2015

Daily KOS
Pipeline explodes in West Virginia
By Faith Gardner
January 20, 2015
Watch  the YouTube video

NPR – The Two Way
Traces Of Oil Found In Montana Town’s Water Supply After Spill

January 20, 2015

MS News Now –
“It was like an atmoic bomb went off”: Neighbors describe pipeline explosion

MSNewsNow.com – Jackson, MS
January 14, 2015

IHS Engineering 360
Methane Leaks to be Targeted as Climate Concern

 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
November 04, 2014

The Columbus Dispatch
No one injured after Ohio pipeline catches fire

By Laura Arenschield
October 29, 2014

» Try out this disturbing yet highly informative, interactive time-line of energy industry accidents, including pipeline accidents marked with yellow tabs, just from Jan. 2013 until the present. Links to stories explaining each one.

Almost 8,000 pipeline accidents (gas and oil) since 1986 to end of May 2013.

KANSAS-Pipeline Spills 1,300 Gallons And Kills Crops
June 24, 2014
OLPE, Kan. (AP) — A Thursday pipeline spill near Olpe has caused acres of damage to surrounding vegetation. However, people are not a risk. Crews are still cleaning up five days after a pipeline spilled just north of Olpe near the Panhandle Eastern’s Plant.”It was a bad spill. It was a bad situation,” says Brian Rees, Lyon County Extensions Office Agricultural Department.”We haven’t had a pipeline spill like this in Kansas as far as the 1980’s which is as far back as out digital records go,” says Sarah Belfry with Kansas Department of Health.

MINNESOTA – Northwestern Minnesota gas pipeline explosion ‘It was hell on earth’
May 26, 2014
Fred and Julie Nicholls woke up early Monday morning in far northwestern Minnesota to a loud booming sound and the feeling of their house shaking. His home is about a mile away from where an underground natural gas pipeline ruptured, causing an explosion and large fire at 6:25 a.m. about three miles northwest of Warren in rural Marshall County.

The Atlantic – Nevada
Looking for Answers in a Town Known for Leukemia

April 5, 2014

Resource Media
Drilling vs. the American Dream: Fracking impacts on property rights and home values
March 14, 2014

KENTUCKY – Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Levels Homes in Kentucky
February 13, 2014
“The 30-inch natural gas pipeline was about 100 feet from Highway 76 and buried 30 feet underground. When it exploded, large rocks and sections of pipeline flew into the air. A 60-foot crater was left behind.”

Broken Trust: Victims of Pipeline Spills Tell Their Stories
DESMOGBLOG.COM, by July Dermansky, Tue, 2013-12-17
Evaluating pipeline safety is the business of engineers and scientists, but evaluating the human cost of transporting hazardous materials near people’s homes is best left to those who’ve experienced the fallout.
Homeowners shared their experiences with industry insiders at the New Orleans Pipeline Safety Trust conference in New Orleans late last month.


PENNSYLVANIA – Lycoming Co., company tour of compressor station

PENNSYLVANIA – Observation of the Button Road Compressor station, with FLIR camera

PENNSYLVANIA – Living with a compressor station, 2012

WYOMING – Compressor station fire and explosion, 2011

PENNSYLVANIA – Video presentation on hazards of compressor stations

Industry Demonstration of How it’s Supposed to Work

Some examples of actual pigging operations


The Legal Edition

Atty. Mary Kay Elloian along with guest, Atty. John Rumpler of Environment America, examines the hazards and legal loopholes associated with fracking and oil and gas distribution in the US.
NORTH DAKOTA – Fracking Well Blowout Causes Oil and Chemical Wastewater Spill in North Dakota
February 17, 2014
“The well lost control after a blowout preventer failed, and began leaking between 50 and 70 barrels (2,100 to 2,940 gallons) per day of fracking fluid” … READ MORE

PENNSYLVANIA – Fracking hell? Photo series follows families who say their lives and communities have been destroyed by the industry
The Marcellus Shale Documentary project documents offers a stunning look at how these fracking operations have impacted the communities, and offer a glimpse of how they have changed communities for better and worse. … READ MORE

GASLAND – 2010 documentary on the impacts of fracking across the country

New Haven Register
Brookfield homeowner fears sound waves may harm natural gas pipelines
By Luther Turmelle
June 14, 2012