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 2, 2011 at 6:53am

Man Killed in Home Explosion

Body Found

Macoupin County

CARLINVILLE, IL. (KMOX) - An 87 year old Macoupin County Illinois man was killed in a home explosion early Thursday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say when they arrived they found the one story brick home had been leveled and they discovered the body of Thomas Barnard.

It’s suspected that a natural gas build up caused the explosion.  An investigation is underway.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2011 at 7:02am

Gas Station Explosion Site in St. Augustine now 'Stable'

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The site of the fire and explosions at a St. Augustine gas station is now environmentally "stable," according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The BP gas station and Skinner Oil sat on the edge of marshland. Late Friday afternoon, an explosion triggered a massive fire and some evacuations; one person was injured.

According to DEP spokesperson Jennifer Diaz, the gasoline, kerosene and diesel have been removed from the containment and all remaining above ground storage tanks. The tanks are in the process of being cleaned."

PICTURES: Gas Station Fire

The amount of gasoline, kerosene and diesel lost has not yet been released by the responsible parties. According to DEP,  Coomes Oil, which owns the property, Florida Rock and Tank owns the tanker truck.

According to DEP, there was some pooling of the fuel in "small pockets at the marsh edge. From observations near the collection boom located on Masters Drive, only very light sheen was observed with some light weathered fuel as well."

Diaz said the responsible parties hired a contractor to help clean up the site.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2011 at 6:57am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2011 at 6:56am

Oilfield explosion claims three

Samson Resource Company officials have confirmed the deaths of three of its contract employees following an explosion and fire Aug. 29 at one of its oil rigs in Converse County.

According to Wyoming OSHA Deputy Administrator J.D. Danni, the men who were killed in the explosion are James Turner, 55, of Double D Welding and Fabrication of Casper and Llewellyn Dort, 32, and Gerardo Alatorre of Wild of Wild West Construction of Glenrock.



A release Tuesday afternoon stated, “Bodies of the victims were removed from the location Monday by the Converse County Coroner. They will be taken to Colorado for autopsies and positive identification."

The explosion occurred 23 miles north of Glenrock at a worksite on the Hornbuckle Ranch shortly after 10 a.m. Monday. The incident is under investigation by a Samson emergency response team and several state and federal law enforcement organizations, including the Converse County Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal and the federal OSHA agency.

“Samson has ceased construction work at its other facilities in the Powder River Basin until a preliminary cause of the explosion can be determined,” the CCSO release stated.

Samson spokesman Dennis Neill told the Budget that workers were installing a pipe to a heat treater from a non-producing wellhead at the time of the explosion. But because there was no direct connection from the wellhead to the tank battery, it is still unclear what ignited the explosion.

The heat treater, when in operation, separates water from crude oil, then stores the water in tanks. According to Neill, the explosion occurred approximately 50 feet from the well where the separated water would have been stored when the project was completed.

The explosion resulted in a fire in the dry grass around the well and production area. The sheriff’s office said, “Due to the quick response by property owners and firefighters, the fire at the site was quickly contained and involved approximately 10 acres.”

“Clearly, it is an industrial site and is really a location for trained personnel to work on,” Neill said. “The personnel that normally work at these sites have to be licensed by the various states and generally have a great deal of experience in the area.

“We work with these contracting agencies to make sure that they have their safety practices in place as required under federal and state regulations, including wearing the proper clothing that is fire retardant and taking additional steps under federal and state laws to make sure that there are safe worker practices there. So certainly, a safe well site involves the cooperation of many, not just the operator, which Samson was in this case, but all the contracting workers that work in this area.”

According Danni, Wyoming ranked third per capita nationally in workplace fatalities in 2009 with 16 deaths.

In 2010, Wyoming saw an increase to 34 deaths, according to a study released by the Board of Labor and Statistics.

“Whenever there is an increase in work, there is a possibility of more injuries,” Danni said.

Over the past several months, Converse County has seen an influx of energy-related ventures into the area with increased production in coal, oil, gas, wind and gravel in nearly every corner of the county.

“As you know, this is a very active area right now,” Neill said. “Many wells have been safely drilled and production has occurred. This is just a tragic incident that we all want to understand so that if there needs to be some changes in any safety practices, they can certainly be implemented and shared industry-wide.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who d

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2011 at 6:47am

Gas blast destroys Newborough garage

A fire and a large explosion last night has destroyed a garage and the car inside at Newborough in the Latrobe Valley.

The fire was reported about 8:10pm (AEST) and a burning car LP gas cylinder caused the explosion.

Firefighters managed to cool another gas cylinder filled with acetylene and stopped it from exploding too.

Seven fire crews stop the fire spreading to houses and took about half an hour to extinguish the blaze.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2011 at 3:57am

This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 22, 2011

Aug 24th, 2011 | By fjgallagher | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Explosions, Natural Gas Leaks

This was a particularly destructive week for natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions.

Okay, so perhaps this post really should be titled, “The Last Two Weeks in Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions,” because what with the recent visit to the White House and all the other content that needed creating, last week’s episode sort of fell by the wayside.

Unfortunately, this was a particularly destructive and devastating week for natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions, starting with an incident in Illinois.

An explosion at the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America in Herscher, IL, sent five people to the hospital on Aug. 16. Although the explosion itself was not related to a pipeline failure, it’s worth noting that the company’s owner, Kinder Morgan, has a lengthy record of pipeline and workplace safety violations. Investigators from both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) continue to investigate the cause of the blast.

An explosion in Douglasville, GA, sent a maintenance man to the hospital with severe burns on Thursday, Aug. 18, according to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Neighbors reported smelling natural gas in the area shortly before the blast destroyed one condominium and severely damaged several others in the development.

A story in the Boston Herald revealed that the city is overrun with more than 20,000 natural gas leaks beneath its streets. The areas in green indicate the strongest presence of methane.

An explosion that investigators are attributing to natural gas t

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 31, 2011 at 7:31pm

Investigation continues in house collapse


An investigation continues into this house collapse in Somerville photo
An investigation continues into this house collapse in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, Ohio -- Wayne Township firefighters believe an explosion contributed to the collapse of a house at 6841 Waynes Trace Road.  Neighbors reported that the windows were blown out, and the front of the house collapsed.

Some neighbors, Jerry and Linda Dingledine, heard a loud explosion-like noise around 11 p.m. Monday.  They did not report it until Tuesday when the saw the damage. 

The homeowners, Catherine and James Johnson, were not home. They left around 6 p.m. Monday to visit a relative overnight. 

Deputies say there was a propane smell when firefighters arrived.

The incident is being investigated by the state fire marshal, Butler County Sheriff, Butler County Bomb Squad, and the Wayne Township Fire Department.  No criminal intent is suspected.


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