posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 03:34 PM
Here we go again. Another oil well is raging out of control in a fire. This is very reminiscent of the oil wells in Kuwait and will take a lot of
effort to get it put out. This is breaking news just coming in. Rescue choppers are on the way. How many Oil wells are going to go up? Are our oil
wells, refineries, and other oil related systems in America under attack?
Update 4:40pm EST
It is not an oil well, it is a Natural gas transportation pipeline. Reports are that a construction crew working in the area struck the pipeline.
There are still people unaccounted for.
Firefighters are not able to even get close to this inferno due to the heat. Water is also not a viable means of extinguishing this type of fire. The
fire department is currently scrambling to find the pipe owners in order to shut the pipeline down.
Six people have been injured. Reports coming in as I type.
Update 4:53pm EST
3 people have died, and up to 10 are missing. They are still looking to find out who owns the pipeline.
Update 5:22pm EST
Multiple burn victims have been transported to the hospital. There are up to eight fire teams surrounding the fire putting out nearby brush fires that
have been sparked. The pipe is a 36 inch natural gas transportation pipeline. The gas company has been called and they are working to find and shut
down the main valves. It is feared this may end up burning into the night as the remaining gas in the line burns off.
Update 5:38pm EST
Enterprise Products Partners has stated that they own the pipeline and they were alerted of a problem when there was a sudden drop in pressure
reported at their main control center. They have stated that the pipeline is indeed segmented and that they have the ability to shut down that section
"We have isolated that segment of line," [Enterprise spokesman] Rainey said. "Our crews have been dispatched to the scene. Basically that line is
equipped with line breaks that allows us to shut in that segment in case of a sudden drop in pressure."
"There's no way we can try to put this fire out," Fire Chief Ishmael said.
Update 5:50pm EST
The pipeline has been shut down and the fire has self extinguished.
The fire departments are now battling several wildfires that have been
ignited in the area. The local area has been very dry as of late causing more headaches in the putting out of the brushfires as a result of the main
Posting updates as they come.
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[edit on 7-6-2010 by xmaddness]