Gas Line Explodes, Another Sign Our Infrastructure Needs Repairing

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    Five Killed in Explosion

    ALLENTOWN, Pa.—Five people died in an apparent natural-gas explosion and fire that enveloped a neighborhood here, officials said Thursday, marking the third major blast in the U.S. since fall and heightening worries about aging pipelines that crisscross the nation.

    The blast Wednesday night followed recent natural-gas explosions in Philadelphia and a suburb of San Francisco that killed a total of nine people.

    The National Transportation Safety Board is set to hold hearings next month on the recent blasts and consider improvements in pipeline safety. The review comes amid a growing consensus that the U.S. has a problem with aging infrastructure, particularly underground pipelines that are hard to inspect. The pipe that blew in Allentown had been in service since 1928

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    On Jan. 18, a gas pipeline exploded in Philadelphia, killing an employee of Philadelphia Gas Works and injuring six others who were responding to a report of gas odors in a residential area. That explosion sent a 50-foot fireball over northeastern Philadelphia.

    On Sept. 9, the explosion of a large gas-transmission line in San Bruno, Calif., near San Francisco, killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes.

    Gas-distribution accidents caused 291 deaths and 1,193 injuries from 1990 to March 2010, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

    Five Die in Gas Blast As Pipeline Worries Revive - WSJ.com

    So we have huge issues with our gas line infrastructure that have caused death and high cost personal damage loss. Levees that have failed causing high numbers of deaths. Collapsing bridges causing deaths. Our power gird has failed numerous times.

    What is it going to take for people to realize the very serious state of the deterioration has approached the serious level?

    Those who oppose addressing this issue say we can't afford fixing our country's infrastructure, maybe it's time we can't afford not to fix our infrastructure.
     
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    Massive gas explosion rocks Ohio countryside

    HANOVERTON, Ohio &#8212; A gas pipeline explosion shook residents in eastern Ohio a day after a house explosion in neighboring Pennsylvania took the lives of five residents and destroyed several homes in Allentown.

    The flames reportedly could be seen for miles around.

    Massive gas explosion rocks Ohio countryside - U.S. news - Life - msnbc.com

    A second pipeline explosion is two days.

    But we can't afford to spend money on infrastructure!!!
     
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    No we have to spend it on banksters, ethanol and other sources of campaign contributions.
     
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    Those old gas lines that have been in the ground for 50+ years are time bombs waiting to go off...
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    'Imperfection' Found in Pipe Near Site of Deadly Pa. Blast
    Feb 13, 2011 - Investigators looking into the cause of a gas explosion that killed five people in Allentown, Pa., last week are focusing on an "imperfection" in a pipe near the blast site.
     
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    But we can't afford to spend money on infrastructure!!
    of course not on privately owned infrastructure or do you propose corporate welfare?

    Who owns these gaslines? Private industry or the government?
    So many people say that private industry needs to be unregulated, But then lots of people suffer from Cranialanalitis.

    Just another fyi I live in gasline alley here in KY this is where lots of natural gas passes thru on it's way to the NE.

    There are I believe 6 30 inch lines within 5 miles of my house. And several smaller ones. A pumping station that I can hear run at night.
    An 18 inch one blew out 2 years ago down the road and cooked some trees and cows. It could have easially killed several people.
     
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    Republicans don't believe in rebuilding America. They want to rebuild Iraq and invest in China. Because Republicans are the most patriotic.
     
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    I might be going out on a limb here but at some point in our history the Democrats might have held the WH and just maybe the Senate.....

    They hold no responsibility in anything?......
    That's right....to be a card carrying member of the Democrat Party the first thing you need to learn is to blame everyone else for your problems.:eusa_shhh:
     
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    Same exact requirement for the republican party.

    so there you are.
     

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