An oil field exploded in Basra Iraq [Iraq Oil Report ; Published September 20, 2011]; Comment by Starr DiGiacomo


List of comment about gas explosion, in order of posted time; as of 2011-09-01


1) SOMERVILLE, Ohio, US; "Investigation continues in house collapse"

2) BAKERSFIELD, Calif. US; "Bakersfield resident hurt in natural gas explosion"

3) Pompton Lakes, NJ, US; "Update: Suspected gas explosion levels home in Pompton Lakes [raw video]"

4) Brantford, Ontario, Canada; "Natural gas explosion levelled Brantford house: fire marshal"

5) Warren, MI, US; "City of Warren Home Explosion Underscores Need for Natural Gas Safety"

6) Castleford, West Yorkshire, UK; "Dramatic footage shows huge gas explosion at Yorkshire home"

7) Warren Park, Harare, Zimbabwe; "2 seriously injured in Warren Park gas explosion"

8) Logan City, south of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia; "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house"

9) Herscher, IL, US; Douglasville, GA, US; "This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 22, 2011"

10) "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house" [See 8)]

11) Lakeview, MI, US; "Explosion inside Lakeview house causes fire, couple escapes with minor injuries"

12) Newborough, Victoria, Australia; "Gas blast destroys Newborough garage"

13) Cato, Montcalm, MI, US; "Couple escapes house explosion"

14) Glenrock, Converse, WY, US; "Oilfield explosion claims three"

15) St. Augustine, Fla, US; "Gas Station Explosion Site in St. Augustine now 'Stable'"



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

We'll be seeing an uptick in unusual home and business gas explosions and I'm trying to locate specific ZT on the matter.  Below is a refresher for the many gas related news articles.



Fault lines, when adjusting, do not just rip apart one day during a dramatic earthquake. They most often creep. Laying gas lines along or across a fault line is asking for an accident of this sort. Fault lines are also seldom so clearly delineated that one can go a mile in this or that direction and avoid their action. Where a slip-slide fault such as the San Andreas will often leave a clear line on the surface, this is only the surface action, not what occurs in the rock layers on either side which can fracture for a long way to either side during any movement. The gas company, or the age of the pipes, will be faulted but in truth the finger should be pointed in many directions. The public, who insist on living at such a scenic spot, is to blame. Officials, who zoned for housing are to blame. The public utility company, for allowing gas lines in the area, is to blame. But this will change nothing, while man continues to live on the San Andreas, even as it awakens. EOZT



The danger from radon gas will not be increased as a result of the pole shift. Radon gas is emitted by rock containing uranium, which is degrading. In normal circumstances, where air can circulate, it is disbursed rapidly as is any methane created by decay of organic material. The danger from these gasses comes from confinement - being trapped in a mine, a basement, or beneath the permafrost. The dangers are well known. For methane, it is explosions. An accumulation of methane gas can be identified by the smell of rotten eggs, or as some have described it, dirty socks or cabbage soup. For radon gas the danger is lung cancer, from the continual exposure to the radioactive air. Radon gas is odorless, and cannot be detected except by specialized equipment not in the hands of the average person.

In that the pole shift, or the Earth changes preceding the pole shift, can fracture rock and release pockets of either gas, survivors should be cautious about huddling in bunkers. You are safer out in the open air, or in a trench you have dug that will allow the pole shift winds to pass over you, but nothing to fall on and crush you. The fact that both methane gas and radon gas can accumulate in the bunkers of the elite is one of the reasons we have stated that they have dug their own graves. EOZT



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo


Anyone watching the news, for instance the news on the San Bruno explosion in a distribution line close to the San Andreas Fault line, knows that gas in any form is a danger. Oil and gas refineries explode when rigid piping cracks. Oil or gas wells explode when the ground around them moves. And the gas distribution lines running under cities are no exception. They likewise will explode. Gas lines, whether along the street or within a home, are rigid. In some cases automatic shutoff valves can limit the amount of gas available for an explosion by sensing a drop in pressure, but this is always after the fact. The explosion has already occurred. Utilizing gas on a planet prone to earthquakes was a mistake to begin with, but man never thinks of the consequences when striving for modern conveniences. We have advised turning off the gas at the street, though when the street explodes and your neighbor's homes are on fire you are not likely to escape the holocaust. A better alternative is to live in an area where gas is not available, as in your rural safe location where you will be doing a form of camping while gardening. A campfire at night, for cooking and washing and a bit of friendly light before bed. Nothing explosive. EOZT



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

SOZT Answer: It is no accident that the New Madrid fault lies under the Mississippi River near Memphis, as rivers form in lowlands created when land pulls apart, separating the rock fingers and weakening support for the land. Thus, the Ohio River bed also is an indication of where rock fingers will pull apart. Two adjustments in Kentucky, a day apart, are not an accident, but an indication of the speed at which the stretch zone is starting to adjust. Rail lines are frequently an early harbinger of such adjustments, as they run long distances, whereas structures within cities, such as tall buildings, take up relatively little space and have a small footprint. Our warning that imploding cities will be experienced, before the hour of the shift, are in this regard. Be warmed, it will not just be your rail lines and gas and water mains that will shatter and be pulled apart during the stretch. The foundations of your tall buildings will likewise be vulnerable.EOZT



[Original post on January 20, 2011]

Original title: Gas explosion kills 1, injures 5 in Philadelphia




  • The explosion occurred in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood
  • The blast killed one utilities worker and injured five other people
  • Some of the injuries are serious

(CNN) -- A gas main explosion in Philadelphia Tuesday evening killed one utilities worker and injured five other people, a fire department official said.

Philadelphia Gas Works employees were responding to a gas main break in the city's Tacony neighborhood when the explosion occurred, fire department spokesman Jim Smith said.

"They were trying to control it and found a source of ignition," according to Smith, who said four PGW employees and a firefighter were among the injured. He said some of the gas workers' injuries were serious.



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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 14, 2011 at 5:22am

Fatal Bulgarian Gas Pipe Blast Caused by High Pressure

November 13, 2011

Fatal Bulgarian Gas Pipe Blast Caused by High Pressure: Fatal Bulgarian Gas Pipe Blast Caused by High Pressure
A blast at a gas pipeline maintained by Bulgargaz killed two Bulgarian workers and seriously injured another two. File photo

The fatal explosion of the gas pipeline connecting Bulgaria's capital Sofia and the Black Sea city of Burgas was triggered by high pressure which busted the pipes.

The information was reported Sunday by the spokesperson of Bulgaria's Firefighter Services, Georgi Kunev.

The explosion occurred Saturday between the villages of Stryama and Kalekovets, near the second largest city of Plovdiv. Two people died as result of the blast, and two others sustained very serious injuries. The life of one of them, 40, is in danger, according to Darik radio – he has a fracture of the jaw, leg fractures and multiple burns. The other one, 42, has suffered serious burns in the hip area.

Inspectors from Labor Safety are probing the case.

The four workers and five others at the site are from the city of Stara Zagora and were hired by the Bulgartransgaz company to carry out prophylactics of the pipe.

Bulgartransgaz is the maintenance subsidiary of Bulgargaz - the single owner joint-stock company - sole public supplier of natural gas for the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Bulgargaz have declined commenting on the case.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 11, 2011 at 3:58pm
Kansas geologists are checking to see where the fault lines are....
Kansas Geological Survey Is Drilling Horizontal Well to Study Containment of CO2
Thursday, November 10, 2011 :: Staff infoZine
Using a new, noninvasive mathematical tool, the Kansas Geological Survey based at the University of Kansas has been collecting data on underground rocks in an Ellis County oil and gas field.

Lawrence, KS - infoZine - The Survey is studying the Arbuckle Group of rocks to determine whether it can permanently hold CO2 injected during oil operations or for permanent storage. The project is a subsurface characterization investigation and will not include sequestration of CO2.

Now, along with industry partners Vess Oil Corporation and Murfin Drilling Company of Wichita, the Survey is drilling a horizontal well, spudded Nov. 1, in the Bemis-Shutts field to test how accurately the tool — a three-dimensional, seismic-derived volumetric curvature — can provide images of subsurface linear features, such as faults.

Survey geologists Jason Rush and Lynn Watney are leading the investigation, which is funded by a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant.

In the Bemis-Shutts field, where the Arbuckle is not as deep as it is in southern Kansas, CO2 will likely only be used in oil recovery operations, Rush said.

More than 3,500 feet deep and up to 1,000 feet thick, the Arbuckle is isolated by numerous impermeable layers, or cap rocks, from the much shallower freshwater surface aquifers.

The horizontal well starts out vertical, gradually turns in a horizontal direction and will head through about 2,000 feet of the upper Arbuckle. The borehole will be drilled through an ancient sinkhole below the oil zone.

“The horizontal part of the well is purposely being drilled to intersect faults, fractures and paleokarst, suggested by volumetric curvature, so that we can evaluate their dimensions, orientation and permeability,” said Rush.

Paleokarst — a landscape of ancient caverns and sinkholes formed in limestone and other soluble rocks now buried beneath thousands of feet sediment — sits atop the Arbuckle.

“One question we hope to address is whether ancient karst features coincide with long-lived faults and whether those faults may act as leakage pathways,” Rush said.

CO2 sequestration — the containment of CO2 from industrial processes and other sources — is being explored worldwide in an effort to reduce the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. CO2 is already used in tertiary oil operations to squeeze out trapped oil that is hard to recover using traditional methods.

Once the well is completed, measurements and images collected from the well will be compared to maps generated by the volumetric curvature tool to confirm the tool’s utility.

“If results are promising, we envision using seismic volumetric curvature attributes as a screening tool, whereby we can eliminate locations that have potentially conductive faults,” Rush said. “The results will also be used to better understand karst-related reservoir compartmentalization within existing Arbuckle oil fields.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 11, 2011 at 3:50pm


Ships are being inspected for gas service or repair that was done in Vietnam back in Feb.  There is an explosion possibility and they're now taking precautionary measures.  Reading PS Ning and ZetaTalk, hmmm ???

VIETNAM – BRAZIL - WORLDWIDE – The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) which represents over 4 million union members associated with the transport industry has expressed fears over the safety of some reefer shipping containers following fatal accidents. In April of this year there were two incidents at a Cat Lai repair yard in the Port of Ho Chi Minh City whilst repairs were under way on Maersk Line reefer boxes followed by another death in Itajai ,Brazil last month.

Maersk tell us that investigations so far lead them to conclude that the three explosions have been caused by a contaminated refrigerant being injected into the cooling system. Incorrect repair processes and procedures would not be able to cause these explosions. Until the exact reason for the incidents is known and a safe repair method has been developed, Maersk Line will continue to ground all reefers that have had a gas repair in Vietnam since the 1st February. This is being done as a precautionary measure the total number of units being involved is 844 whilst the Danish group operate 230,000 reefers in total. Hutchison Ports has also advised its customers to check any containers serviced or repaired in Vietnam recently and there are reports of another similar accident in China earlier this year.

Maersk are in possession of samples from the unit that exploded in Itajai as well as gas samples from containers they have grounded and that have had gas repairs done in Vietnam. Unions are calling for full investigation into the causes and scope of the problem and ITF representative Frank Leys said the unions were pleased to see that big shipping lines like Maersk had reacted so quickly to deal with the situation and urged the US union organisations to ensure companies operating from there acted equally promptly to alleviate any risk. Mr Leys, the ITF dockers’ section secretary continued:

“Where there are possibly contaminated containers still at large, we are calling on port authorities and shipping companies to issue clear guidance on how they should be handled. The health and safety of workers is paramount and in no instance should commercial or productivity issues be allowed to supersede the welfare of workers."

Seafarers’ section secretary Jon Whitlow added:

“We are extremely concerned for the welfare of those workers on ships who may be unaware that a defective container is being carried on board. Although we acknowledge that the maritime community is moving fast to provide the necessary information and advice on how to handle the contaminated containers in ports, we hope the same approach and priority is given to adequately inform the on board safety officers in order to protect the integrity of seafarers and ships.

“Whilst of course the explosion of a container ashore is a tragic event, we think that a similar explosion on board a vessel could have potentially catastrophic effects on workers, ships and the environment.”

Authorities in Vietnam tell us within weeks Tan Cang will begin verifying the gas quality with a specialist machine before recharging reefer containers. Last week neighbouring Cat Lai port held a meeting to review the situation and the implications for the trade in container repairs and inspections which local sources estimate will cost them up to $20 per b

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 11, 2011 at 3:38pm

This is now the 3rd Chinese mine explosion in less than a month.


At least 21 killed in gas explosion at Chinese mine

Families grieve over the bodies of 20 of the dead miners recovered from the mine in Yunnan.
Families grieve over the bodies of 20 of the dead miners recovered from the mine in Yunnan.
Image: Yang Yingrong/ColorChinaPhoto/AP

AT LEAST 21 WORKERS have been killed after a gas leak at a mine in China caused a massive underground explosion.

The accident occurred yesterday morning in the south-western province of Yunnan, at around 6:30am yesterday morning.

The state’s official news agency Xinhua said rescuers were struggling to reach the other workers who had been trapped underground by the explosion.

There are thought to be 22 miners who remain trapped, though there has been no news as to how many – if any – remain alive.

It also said that the mine, which was privately owned, had been operating illegally – having lost its licence last year.

BBC News said the government had been trying to shut the mine down, as with other illegal mines, in a bid to try and restore the poor reputation of the country’s mining industry.

Only last week eight people died at an explosion in the Henan province.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 10, 2011 at 3:59pm

China: Yunnan mine hit by 'deadly gas outburst'


Nineteen miners have been killed and more are trapped underground after an accident at a colliery in south China.

The incident happened early on Thursday at the Sizhuang mine in Yunnan province's Qujing city.

The mine was hit by a "coal and gas outburst" - the ejection of rock and gas from a coal face, an official said.

Hundreds of firemen, rescue teams and medical staff were at the site, a local government statement said.

The disaster comes days after another mine in Henan province experienced a rock burst, which trapped pit workers. Dozens were rescued but 10 were killed.

The official Xinhua news agency quoted officials as saying the latest accident happened at 06:25 (22:25 GMT, Wednesday).

At least 24 men are thought to be trapped but the exact number underground at the time of the incident remains unclear, the agency said.

An official told local media that rescue personnel were in the mine but that high levels of gas were hampering efforts.

China's mining industry has a terrible safety record, but officials say in recent years the number of deaths and injuries has fallen dramatically.

The central government has put in place policies aimed at improving safety, but these measures are often ignored at a local level.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 10, 2011 at 3:46pm


China mine explosion kills 19, dozens trapped

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:35 AM EST, Thu November 10, 2011
Rescuers carry out a miner from the Qianqiu colliery in Yima on November 5 2011.China has one of the world's deadliest records for miners.
Rescuers carry out a miner from the Qianqiu colliery in Yima on November 5 2011.China has one of the world's deadliest records for miners.

  • State media: The explosion was caused by a gas leak
  • Hundreds of rescuers working to reach trapped mines
  • It is not immediately clear how many miners were working underground

(CNN) -- A gas leak triggered an underground explosion that killed 19 miners Thursday in southwest China, state media reported, the latest fatalities in the nation's dangerous coal industry.

Twenty-four people are trapped underground after the coal mine accident in Qujing city, according to Xinhua news agency.

Rescue crews, including 30 firefighters and 300 medical workers, are working to reach the trapped miners, Xinhua said.

It was not immediately clear how many miners were working underground when the explosion occurred.

China, a large producer and consumer of coal, has one of the world's deadliest records for miners.

Last week, a mine explosion killed eight workers in the central Chinese city of Sanmenxia.

News of the injury and deaths of miners appear regularly in state media, with safety conditions, a lack of training and the flouting of laws contributing to the high number of deaths.

One of China's most dangerous year on record was 2002, with 6,995 deaths.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 9, 2011 at 6:14am


'I could feel the heat burning the side of my face': Terror on New Jersey Turnpike as gas tanker blast creates giant fireball

By Lydia Warren

Last updated at 8:05 PM on 8th November 2011


These terrifying images show the scenes after a tanker carrying 8,500 gallons of gas exploded on the New Jersey Turnpike.

A fireball engulfed the vehicle after it collided with a minivan that was reversing from a tollbooth.

Video footage shows black smoke billowing from the site while scores of emergency vehicles struggle to control the flames.

See below for videos

Fireball: A tanker with 8,500 gallons of gas exploded after colliding with a van reversing from a tollbooth

Fireball: A tanker with 8,500 gallons of gas exploded after colliding with a van reversing from a tollbooth

At least nine people were taken to hospital following the crash on Monday evening.

Three female passengers in the minivan were critically injured: 8-year-old Isata Bah, 14-year-old Kadijatu Bah and 27-year-old Madagbe Sananna, all from Harlem, New York.



The minivan driver, 45-year-old Yayah Bah, escaped with a minor head injury. Most of his passengers share his last name, police said.

The driver of the truck, 50-year-old Howard Kiefer of Monticello, New York, escaped the cab before the gasoline engulfed the vehicle and sustained a minor leg injury.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 9, 2011 at 2:32am

Mission Ridge House Explosion: "99.9% Sure It's Gasoline"

Investigator Jerry Parrish of the State Fire Marshal's Arson Unit said he is "99 and nine tenths sure it is gasoline."

Parrish and other specialists are awaiting lab test results to make concrete confirmation on the Mission Ridge Road house explosion. Parrish said said the odor was very similar to gas and he "would be shocked" if it is not. However, he added, there is always "that margin of error."

Walker County Fire hasn't yet released its conclusion. Assistant Chief Waymond Westbrook said his department is awaiting results from a private lab that the insurance company is using.

However, Westbrook told NewsChannel 9 yesterday "they are 99 percent positive of what triggered this explosion" He added it's "probably criminal."

The explosion last Wednesday night shredded the house at 1441 Mission Ridge Road and rocked houses for several hundred feet.

Neighbors told authorities the house had been unoccupied for about three weeks. Renter Ricky Bethune and his son had been out of town in Michigan for a family matter.

After ruling out methane, natural gas and LP gas, investigators got the break they needed late yesterday afternoon. Assistant Chief Westbrook said crews took four samples to be analyzed.

The Georgia Fire Marshal's Office also took samples but doesn't expect results back for six to seven weeks because of backlog at the state crime lab in Decatur.

Last Friday, the Fire Marshal's accelerant sniffing dog, Smoky, didn't detect anything. But Parrish pointed out the samples were buried under almost three feet of debris. Smoky didn't venture into that area for safety reasons; nails and shredded lumber littered the back corner.

Investigators are also running down another lead: word of a silver or gray car parking in the driveway multiple times in the time that the house was unoccupied.

Parrish said once the lab results come back, his department plans to put up an arson/reward sign up on the property.

A news conference is planned for tomorrow with more details.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 5, 2011 at 7:28am


One dead in gas blast fire

Kate Bastians, The West Australian November 5, 2011, 8:52 am

Police at the scene this morning. Picture: Sharon Smith

A young Irish backpacker has perished in a fire after a gas bottle explosion near New Norcia this morning.

It is understood the farmhand, aged in his 20s, was in the common room of the Mackie Hay Plant accommodation unit when the fire broke out about 4.30am.

Another 20 workers were asleep in the hostel when the blaze started. No-one else was injured.

A police spokesman said the incident happened on Glentromie-Yerecoin Road, 1km east of the Great Northern Highway, about 140km north of Perth.

The fire caused the roof collapsed, killing the man.

Outside the Gilmac Mackie hay export plant this morning, Sgt Ben Tomasini said the young men had worked at the farm for a month.

"He was certainly well liked by his work colleagues and his employer," Sgt Tomasini said. "The owners are very distressed and upset and their hearts have gone out to the man's family."

He said an investigation was underway to see what part the gas bottles played in the man's death.

A St John Ambulance spokesman confirmed the man died at the scene.

A woman, who worked nearby but did not want to be named, said the victim was a "really lovely boy and very well thought of".

Volunteer fire and rescue officers from Wongan Hills attended.

Arson squad officers are investigating.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 4, 2011 at 1:15pm


Man suffers burn injuries in Waterford gas blasts


THE SCENE of two gas explosions in Waterford which left one man with burn injuries remained cordoned off last night as emergency services worked to ensure that the area is safe.

The local man, in his 60s, was injured when a gas cylinder containing acetylene – which reaches extremely high temperatures when ignited with oxygen – exploded at a building used by Waterford Institute of Technology in an IDA industrial estate in Waterford city.

Investigations are under way into the cause of the incident which occurred at about 10am yesterday. After the initial explosion, a second occurred.

The Garda say a fire broke out as a result of the explosions but was brought under control “fairly quickly”.

Four nearby buildings had to be evacuated and traffic restrictions put in place while the fire service, the ESB, the Garda, An Bord Gáis and BOC industrial gases were called to inspect the scene and secure the area.

It is understood that the injured man, a staff member with Waterford Institute of Technology, suffered burns in the explosion.

He was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital and his condition was described as “comfortable”.

Waterford Institute of Technology estates manager Elaine Greenan said the college’s priority was to ensure the area was made safe as soon as possible.

She said the institute would assist the Health and Safety Authority in any way it could.

“We will also carry out our own internal investigation. The safety of staff and students is paramount and we will be doing everything possible to ensure that this type of incident cannot occur again.”

Gardaí remained on the scene in the evening. “We’re treating it as an industrial accident,” Supt Chris Delaney of Waterford Garda station said.

“The area is cordoned off and there will be a cordon in place for a period of 24 hours to make sure everything is safe.”

An area of about 200m in each direction from the site of the explosion was sealed off and was expected to remain off limits to the public until at least 10am today.

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