Processing Magazine

Second Gas Line Explosion Kills Two More in Texas Panhandle

June 9, 2010
According to the Associated Press, two men removing clay from a pit in a remote part of the Texas Panhandle were killed when a natural gas line exploded, a sheriff said Tuesday. The blast happened near Darrouzett, which is about 270 miles northeast of Lubbock. It was the second fatal natural gas explosion in Texas in recent days. On Monday, a worker was killed when a utility crew accidentally hit and ruptured a natural gas line in rural Johnson County, about 50 miles southwest of Dallas. The blast Tuesday involved a crew that was removing clay for a dirt-contracting company, Lipscomb County Sheriff James Robertson said in a news release. The explosion happened when a bulldozer struck a pipeline. Robertson declined to identify their employer and officials had not yet determined with certainty that owned the pipeline.