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10 Feb 2011 12:33


U.S.: Allentown, Pa. explosion a familiarly horrible sight for America

  • explosion Allentown, Pa. was rocked by a violent explosion at 11 p.m. EST last night, killing at least one and burning eight rowhouses. Five people remain missing.
  • explanation? Authorities in Allentown have claimed that the explosion has the “look” and “feel” of a natural gas incident, despite the local gas line passing checks last Tuesday. source
  • » Sleeping through the wake-up calls: Creaky gas lines leading to violent, deadly explosions have been more common than we’d like lately. You may recall last year’s colossal blast in San Bruno, California, for example, which killed eight people and raised a lot of concern over the state of gas lines nationwide. 2010 was a bad year for gas explosions, as this list attests, and it begs asking whether the U.S. government is shirking their responsibilities on infrastructure safety. In a world in which we’re constantly reminded and warned about very grand-scale, existential threats like global terrorism and the blight of nuclear weapons, the possibility that the ground is going to suddenly explode underneath us seems to get short shrift. With the Obama administration appearing to cede to a Republican-ish center on fiscal matters, odds are the concerted focus and infrastructure spending needed to answer these questions simply won’t be there. Which sucks, frankly.

05 Feb 2011 09:30


World: Egypt pipeline explosion: Terrorism, sabotage or something else?

  • Was this terrorism or something else? This unexpected pipeline explosion in northern part of the Sinai Peninsula has disrupted the gas flow from Egypt to Jordan, and some suggest it might be meant as a larger message to other Middle East countries (namely Israel). Egypt supplies Israel with nearly 40 percent of its natural gas supply. source

10 Sep 2010 20:15


U.S.: San Bruno’s gas explosion: A shocking event, preventible?

  • harbinger A bunch of people smelled gas in a residential neighborhood for weeks. Investigators looked into it but found nothing.
  • result A natural gas pipeline exploded, leveling numerous homes and killing four. Now, people are wondering WTF happened. source

07 Feb 2010 19:52


U.S.: The Connecticut blast already deadly, could get much worse

  • what At least five people died and 12 more were injured in an explosion at a Connecticut power plant earlier today. It was heard from miles away.
  • why A natural gas leak caused the blast. The Kleen Energy Systems plant was 95 percent complete and scheduled to go online this summer.
  • next They won’t know how many people died until they get a list of employees from contractors. The death toll could be massive. source

27 Dec 2009 09:24


World: A leading oil producer, U.A.E., is switching to clean nuclear energy

  • $20 billion contract to S. Korea to stop sucking oil source

14 Dec 2009 10:52


Biz: Per usual, Exxon Mobil can’t pass gas, buys XTO instead

  • $31 billion all-stock deal for the natural gas company source