Findings in Johnson County Explosion
The Texas Railroad Commission issued an investigative report which concluded that the operator of a large natural gas pipeline that exploded June 7 in Johnson County - killing one person and injuring eight - committed numerous violations of state regulations.
Among the violations, the commission said, was the failure by Enterprise Products LLC of Houston, to adequately mark the path of the buried 36-inch pipeline to ensure that no excavator would damage it and risk triggering an explosion.
The huge explosion, which could be seen for miles, occurred at about 2:40 PM June 7 when the carbon-steel pipeline was struck by an auger drilling a 48-inch-diameter hole to install high-wire electrical poles. Oklahoma-based C&H Power Line was the contractor installing the power poles for Waco-based Brazos Electric Cooperative.
The explosion occurred on the George's Creek Ranch near the intersecting boundaries of Johnson, Hood and Somervell counties. The report estimated that property damage from the blast was $279,000 and about 172 million cubic feet of natural gas, worth approximately $750,000, was released.
Reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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