Wednesday, July 29th — Firefighters responded to an explosion that occurred around 5 PM at a natural gas facility in Mont Belvieu, located east of Houston. Officials reported that Lone Star NGL, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer LP, exploded when a contractor struck an underground pipeline.https://www.weebly.com/weebly/apps/generateMap.php?map=google&elementid=241163185705384208&ineditor=0&control=3&width=auto&height=250px&overviewmap=0&scalecontrol=0&typecontrol=0&zoom=13&long=-94.89642099999999&lat=29.8481955&domain=www&point=1&align=1&reseller=falsehttps://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!4v1596226052588!6m8!1m7!1soKJtBKrwUkPBbKp5HrdlLg!2m2!1d29.8476592572232!2d-94.89550610057681!3f243.89496985732845!4f4.3053902373842305!5f0.7820865974627469Efforts to suppress the flames lasted several hours into the evening, according to Mont Belvieu city spokesman Brian Ligon. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Energy Transfer LP, on of the largest natural gas infrastructures in the U.S., deployed its own fire response team as well according to spokeswoman Lisa Coleman. No evacuations were ordered. Coleman also stated that air monitoring was conducted and results did not show any levels of concern.
The Lone Star facility stores and processes natural gas liquids, such propane, butane and ethane, which are separated into individual components through a process called fractionation. The company’s Lone Star Express network spans 535 miles of transmission pipelines from the Permian Basin, Barnett Shale and East Texas.
A 2016 investigation by the Houston Chronicle found that a major industrial accident occurs at least every six weeks in the Houston area. While the explosion at Lone Star NGL did not result in any injuries, the danger of fatal industrial accidents in the Houston area is still very real and imminent. Numerous explosions in the past have taken the lives of countless employees and exposed bystanders and residents to toxic chemicals.
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