February 15, 2014
An explosion on a major natural gas pipeline in southern Kentucky led to a forced evacuation of residents and injured at least one person early on Thursday reported in “Blast rocks Kentucky natural gas pipeline amid storm“. The explosion and fire in Knifley, Kentucky, about 90 miles south of Louisville, could be seen “just as plain as day” from Columbia, about 12 miles from the blaze, a local police officer said. Part of the Columbia Gulf Transmission pipeline, that transports fuel from the Gulf Coast to the northeast and midwest, was shut and had been isolated from other sections of the line, said the pipeline owner NiSource Inc in a posting to customers. As yet the cause of the blast was unclear.
The response to the natural gas incident from NiSource said, “At this time there is no impact to commercial operations or shipper nominations.”
However, traders said the incident could add strain to a system already stretched by high demand during one of the coldest winters in decades. Pipelines across the country are already filled to capacity and inventories are draining quicker than ever. Columbia Gulf Transmission consists of approximately 3,400 miles of pipeline, located primarily in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.
These developments and impact will continue to be followed on the impact to lives, health and environment.