A Natural Gas Pipeline Ruptures in the Gulf, Causing Oilfield Injury to Three Workers
The Associated Press released the few details available about a ruptured natural gas pipeline that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico today, injuring three oilfield workers. The oilfield accident happened approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Island.
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ Manager of Corporate Communications Joe Hollier said that as maintenance was being performed by the three contract workers on the 10-inch offshore line of Gulf South Pipeline, the pipeline ruptured. The rupture caused the workers to suffer minor injuries and also caused the pipeline to catch fire.
The Coast Guard reported that the fire was extinguished. According to Ryan Tippets, Petty Officer with the Coast Guard, the injured members of the crew were transported to a hospital in Houma, Louisiana, for treatment.
The gas line was shut-in and customers were not impacted, according to Hollier. The cause of the rupture is currently unknown, but the incident is under investigation.
How frequently do gas pipelines rupture? Has it ever happened on your shift, and were you or others injured?
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