posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 09:23 PM
June 7 (Reuters) - Procuring and shipping energy to U.S.
cars and homes can be a dangerous task, even in a country with
a slate of safety regulations.
Here is a look at energy-related disasters that have rocked
the United States in this year. (Graphic on U.S. occupational
fatalities by industry: link.reuters.com/qup66j) June 7 - A natural gas pipeline explosion in North Texas
killed three people, according to local media reports.
Enterprise Products Partners (EPD.N) said it owned the 36-inch
(91-cm) pipeline, which is part of its Texas Intrastate system.
The explosion was 15 miles (24 km) south of Godley, Texas.
WFAA-TV, a Dallas television station, quoted Chester Nolen,
city manager of Cleburne, Texas, as saying 10 people were
missing following the explosion. Cleburne is the largest city
near the explosion. The blast was originally thought to be an oil well
explosion. An electrical crew was digging a hole when it struck
the gas pipeline, an emergency services spokesman in Hood
County, Texas, said. [ID:nN07179091] June 7 - A fireball and explosion burned seven members of a
crew drilling for natural gas at an abandoned coal mine in West
Virginia, the second big fire at an energy formation known as
the Marcellus Shale in less than a week, a government worker
said. [ID:nN07216379] June 4 - Workers capped a natural gas well in central
Pennsylvania after it ruptured during drilling, spewing gas and
drilling fluid 75 feet (23 meters) in the air, officials said.
The well, operated by EOG Resources Inc (EOG.N) in a remote
area of Clearfield County, blew out when a drilling team "lost
control" of the well while preparing to extract gas, according
to a statement from the state Department of Environmental
Protection. No one was killed or injured, and there were no
evacuations, but nearby roads were closed, and officials
declared a no-fly zone around the site. Three days later, state
officials ordered the company to suspend its natural gas
drilling operations in the state. [ID:nN04144723] April 20, 2010 - Explosion and fire on Transocean Ltd's
drilling rig Deepwater Horizon licensed to BP (BP.L); 11
workers are killed. The rig was drilling in BP's Macondo
project 42 miles (68 km) southeast of Venice, Louisiana,
beneath about 5,000 feet (1,525 metres) of water and 13,000
feet (4 km) under the seabed. The Deepwater Horizon rig, valued
at more than $560 million, sinks on April 22 and a 5-mile-long
(8 km) oil slick forms. TIMELINE: [ID:nN07190153] * April 5, 2010 [ID:nN06200853] - An explosion at the Upper
Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, leaves at least 25
miners dead and four remain missing. It is the deadliest U.S.
mining disaster since 1984. According to federal records, the coal mine owned by Massey
Energy (MEE.N) has had a worse-than-average injury rate over
the last 10 years with three fatalities since 1998. * April 2, 2010 [ID:nN05192907] - Four workers died in a
fire at Tesoro Corp's (TSO.N) refinery in Anacortes,
Washington. A catastrophic failure of a heat exchanger in the
highly flammable naphtha unit of the plant is believed to have
started the blaze. It is the worst refinery accident since
March 2005. * March 2, 2010 [ID:nN02195856] - A fire on an asphalt
tank under construction killed two workers at Holly Corp's
(HOC.N) Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico.
(Compiled by Jasmin Melvin; Editing by David Gregorio)
There ya go, think thats all of em....