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 September 27, 2011 at 2:01am

Gas main blast takes out rural W.Va. road

Published 02:05 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2011

MILL CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — What sounded like a plane crash on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest has turned out to be a gas line explosion.

Randolph County emergency management director Marvin Hill says no one was injured, but the explosion around noon Monday left a 12-foot deep crater in Adolph-Cassity Road near Mill Creek.

He says the hole is as wide as the two-lane road.

Hill says the 6-inch line is owned by Eastern American Energy Corp. of Buckhannon. A company official didn't immediately return a telephone message about what may have caused the blast.

Hill says no cars were on the road at the time, and the person who reported the sound thought it was a plane crash.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 27, 2011 at 12:34am

Seattle gas explosion came from problem within home

Seattle gas explosion
The explosion that ripped through a house in northern Seattle and forced a neighborhood evacuation Monday was caused by a natural gas leak inside the home -- not pipeline leaks in the same neighborhood a day earlier, investigators have concluded.

A couple badly injured during the blast and subsequent fire had smelled gas in their home Sunday -- the same day utility workers were checking out three pipeline leaks just blocks away -- but had not reported it, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said in an interview.

"The couple that lived there said they smelled natural gas yesterday, but they also had some other odors, so they did not know if it was natural gas or not. They did not report it," Moore said. "This morning they woke up and started turning things on -- and boom."

The explosion was caused by an electrical spark igniting gas inside the house, he said.



This is the 2nd Seattle explosion in less than 24 hrs.  What is going on here.  Scary stuff.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 25, 2011 at 8:20pm

Workplace regulators have huge job, few resources to police oilfield safety

buy this photo WILL KINCAID/Tribune

Firefighters practice putting out oilfield fires at the Tesoro Refinery in 2004.

The Bismarck office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has four people who monitor compliance for 56,000 businesses in North Dakota and South Dakota.

That number is five less than it was in 2000 in a region with 5,700 producing oil and gas wells and 199 working rigs.

"Clearly, we can't be in all places at all times," said OSHA Area Director Tom Deutscher. "We're roughly a third of the personnel we need to be, so we're in response mode."

Deutscher said his office handled 14 workplace deaths in the past year, and half of those were in the oil and gas industry. A well explosion in McKenzie County added two more fatalities to the tally this month. The rapid expansion of drilling means more and more people are going to work at sites where there is a potential for a deadly accident.

"For lack of a better word, we're the cop on the street," Deutscher said. "One of the dilemmas we face is the question of ‘How do we have a presence up there?'"

Oil and gas development, like other industrial activities, can be dangerous for workers, and the growth of wells in state has been reflected by the growth of injury and accident claims.

According to the North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance agency, the number of claims filed in oil and gas occupations during the 2004-05 fiscal year was 247. This year, that number is 1,897. The number of workers in those jobs also has increased - from 4,800 to 23,753 during the same time periods.

"The number of claims filed has gone up drastically," said WSI Director Bryan Klipfel. Claims have increased by 198 percent in oil trucking jobs and 178 percent among well servicing occupations.

When occupations experience dramatic growth as they have in the oil patch, it is natural that the number of injuries also increases,

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 24, 2011 at 6:56am

Colombia mine explosion toll rises to seven


BOGOTA — The death toll from an explosion at a coal mine in northern Colombia, believed to have been caused by an accumulation of methane gas, has risen to seven, authorities said Friday.

Colombia’s mining regulator Ingeominas had last put the death toll from Wednesday’s incident at the El Diamante mine in the town of Socha in Boyaca department at three.

Emergency personnel subsequently retrieved the bodies of four more miners who had been trapped under the rubble, Ingeominas said.

More than 40 people have been killed in mining accidents in Colombia so far this year, most of them in cave-ins.

Last year, 173 people were killed in 84 reported accidents, many due to insufficient security measures.

President Juan Manuel Santos has sought to boost the mining sector as a pillar of Colombia’s economic growth.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 24, 2011 at 6:28am
Officials investigate house explosion

Fire investigators have been on the scene most of the day looking for clues that might help them figure out why Jack Roberts' house exploded yesterday morning.

Officials from the several agencies have been combing through the remains of the house. The investigation is still in its early stages, but officials tell me they're focusing on a propane appliance in the basement. They say Jack Roberts had complained of a propane odor in the upstairs portion of the house just before the explosion. Assistant fire Chief Mike Sparks was one of the first on the scene.

"There was quite a bit of chaos. We had two patients and they were saying another victim was in the house and we had a tremendous amount of debris. Smoke and flames were visible for miles," says Sparks.

Officials say Jack Roberts was likely killed instantly. His two children, Jerry Roberts and Karen Knox were badly injured and flown to UK Hospital where they're in critical condition. Assistant Chief Sparks says he hasn't seen an incident quite like this in 24 years of service.

"I've seen a lot of incidents, but nothing like an explosion as serious as this," says Sparks.

He says gas leak problems are best left to professionals.

"If you do smell gas, you need to get out. Call the fire and let them deal with it. Don't try to do anything yourself," he says.

Family members tell me Jack Roberts has lived in this house since he built it in the 1960s.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 24, 2011 at 12:13am

Crews still working on underground explosion in Ridgewood

Friday, September 23, 2011


RIDGEWOOD – An early morning underground explosion that partially blew a manhole cover at the corner of North Walnut Street and Franklin Avenue was still under repair on Friday with officials from Public Service Electric and Gas at the scene.

PSE&G workers remove the manhole cover where an explosion was reported at 905am at the intersection of Franklin Ave & N Walnut St in Ridgewood. Ridgewood police chief John Ward said there were sporadic reported outages around town.
PSE&G workers remove the manhole cover where an explosion was reported at 905am at the intersection of Franklin Ave & N Walnut St in Ridgewood. Ridgewood police chief John Ward said there were sporadic reported outages around town.

“Apparently there was enough force to rip up the manhole cover partially and leave it ajar,” said Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward from the scene of the 9:05 a.m. explosion. “Initial reports were some flames and smoke coming out of the manhole.”

Police and firefighters from the village responded to the area. There were also reports of sporadic power outages at the same time from Linwood and Van Dien avenues and the area of 1200 East Ridgewood Avenue.

Crews from PSE&G later arrived at the scene.

“We couldn’t definitely say if that was related, but it seems to be because (the call) came in at the same time,” Ward said.

The Valley Hospital had power, Ward said.

Utility crews were working Friday afternoon to check for any residual effects of the explosion and would work to drain water from the area, police said. There had been some unconfirmed reports of a light odor of natural gas and environmental officials were also at the scene — which is near a fuel station — early Friday afternoon.

“This looks like it was electrical related,” Ward said. “These manholes are basically sealed. If there is an explosion in there, there are large currents down there. It’s a confined space…any kind of electrical explosion ?  is going to push the manhole up.”


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 24, 2011 at 12:10am

Explosions prompt evacuations in Pompton Lakes

Friday, September 23, 2011


POMPTON LAKES - Three explosions and a fire in a garage at 55 Schuyler Ave. early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 23, resulted in evacuations on Schuyler and Jefferson avenues.

A passerby reported flames shooting as high as 10 feet as a result of the blaze that heavily damaged a garage detached from the Wagner residence at 55 Schuyler.

According to a police report, Patrolman Jonathan Williams observed the garage engulfed in flames as he responded to a neighbor's call for help shortly after midnight.

While approaching the residence, Williams further reports that he heard a loud explosion coming from the garage, which he observed was followed by two more explosions.

At that point, Williams said he began evacuating homes on Schuyler while another officer did the same on Jefferson Avenue. Officers escorted occupants away from the homes and confirmed that the residences were empty.

Homeowner Peter Wagner said he was unaware of the fire in the back of his home. Initially he thought it was a car accident. Then he also heard the explosions which he originally thought was gunfire.

"I heard the (the police officer) shout 'Get out' and I thought they were shooting each other," Wagner recalled. "The cop who I knew banged on the door and said, 'Get the kids out of the house.'"

Wagner advised police that the garage contained gas cans, motorcycles, and a natural gas line to a heater. Among his losses was 1984 Harley Davidson, a quad, a refrigerator, and some tools. The heat from the fire also melted the vinyl siding on the back of his house.

Also at the scene were the Pompton Lakes Fire Department, Riverdale police officers, and the Passaic County Sheriff's Department.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 23, 2011 at 2:50pm

Gas Leak Causes Arkwright Fire

September 23, 2011| 

ARKWRIGHT - A house fire in Arkwright on Wednesday was determined to have been caused by a gas leak.

According to the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team, the cause appears to be a propane gas leak inside the home that lead to an explosion and fire. No on was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

The fire occurred at 8733 Farrington Hollow Road at 9:36 a.m. A passerby noticed the fire and called it in. Upon arrival, officials from Forestville Fire Department said the fire was "fully involved."

In addition to facing a raging fire, water was also a problem for firefighters. Due to the rural area, there were no nearby fire hydrants. Water had to be taken from a nearby pond located one mile from the property and 1,500 feet from the road, said fire officials.

The house belongs to Frank Czechowski. No one was at home at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported. The house appears to be a "total loss," according to officials.

Responding agencies included, Forestville Fire Department, East Town of Dunkirk, Fredonia Fire Department, Cassadaga Fire Department, Sunset Bay Fire Department, County Rescue 71, Sheridan Fire Department and Silver Creek Fire Department.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 23, 2011 at 2:32pm

Breaking News: Huge fire on Wujiang Road

A huge fire has broken out at a building (possibly JIA Hotel) on Wujiang Road, with six storeys of balconies up in flames. Eye witnesses in the neighbourhood report on Sina Weibo that a gas leak may have caused the explosion, and the entire area now reeks of gas.

UPDATE 1, 7.55pm: That was quick. Apparently the fire has already been put out.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 23, 2011 at 2:28pm

Explosion, 3-alarm blaze at Gas Station

Explosion, 3-alarm blaze at Gas StationUSA — An employee of Burnwell Gas was injured Tuesday after an explosion and a three-alarm blaze at the company’s facility, 1104 Main St.

The extent of the man’s injuries is unclear due to conflicting reports, but the man was lucid when he was discovered at the scene, State Police Lt. Doug Montijo said. The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Witnesses reported the smell of gas for about two hours prior to the explosion, Montijo said, adding that the building was destroyed.

The Monroe County Fire Bureau is investigating the cause of the blaze.

The fire at the plant started about 3 p.m. The facility is a storage and distribution site for home heating fuel. Burnwell, part of Griffith Energy, services the Monroe, Livingston and Ontario county areas.

Burnwell released a statement confirming that an employee had been injured. “We are and will of course continue to work with community authorities to identify and address the causes of this situation,” the statement read in part.

At the scene, Keith Wrisley, vice president of Superior Plus Energy Services Inc., parent company of Burnwell, said the employee’s injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

The storage capacity for the Burnwell site is 58,000 gallons of fuel, Mike Burnside, chief of the Mumford Fire Department, said. It’s unclear how much fuel burned or exploded.

“The largest tanks — 30,000, 18,000 and 10,000 gallons — were not affected by the fire and explosion,” he said.

Nearby homes and businesses were evacuated and traffic was shut down in all directions. The state Department of Transportation closed Route 36 in both directions between George Street and Caledonia High School for hours.

Several explosions occurred, and at one point, firefighters were ordered to back up beyond 1,000 feet of the fire for fear of additional blasts. Firefighters doused several large intact propane tanks with water to keep them from igniting, Montijo said.

Flames could be seen for miles and explosions heard for more than a mile, witnesses said.

Mary and Jody Pitt live on Williams Street, about a quarter mile from the scene. Mary Pitt said she didn’t see the explosion but she felt it. “We felt our house shake,” she said, and left the house to see a sky filled with black smoke.

“I was in Scottsville and you could see the smoke from there,” said Wheatland Highway Superintendent Chuck Hazelton, estimating the distance to be about eight miles from the Burnwell plant.

The Caledonia-Mumford school district enacted its emergency procedures and kept some buses at

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