Update on Spectra Pipeline Explosion Near Pittsburgh

Spectra blazeYesterday MDN told you about the Texas Eastern Transmission Company (TETCO) pipeline explosion last Friday in Westmoreland County, PA (see Texas Eastern Pipeline Explodes near Pittsburgh, Antis Celebrate). We still don’t know what caused the explosion. Spectra Energy, TETCO’s owner, is working with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to investigate the incident and several pipelines in the area back to service. Spectra shut down the flows of our pipelines in close proximity to the explosion “out of an abundance of caution.” The stoppage means about 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas is not going to New York and New England, causing a price spike in the region. One local homeowner was seriously burned and sent to the UPMC Mercy Hospital burn unit in Pittsburgh. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. Below is an update with the latest we can find about the explosion and aftermath…

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