Spectra: All 4 TETCO Pipes in SWPA Now in Service After Explosion

Spectra blazeOn April 29, Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Transmission (TETCO) “Delmont Line 27” pipeline exploded in Westmoreland County, PA, seriously injuring one resident who was burned over much of his body (see Texas Eastern Pipeline Explodes near Pittsburgh, Antis Celebrate). The reason for the explosion and fire was corrosion on welds covered with a particular kind of pipe tape no longer in use (see Spectra Says PA Pipeline Explosion “Unacceptable,” Blames Pipe Tape). In September we brought you the disturbing news that an investigation four years ago (in 2012) discovered corrosion in the very area where the pipe would eventually explode (see Spectra Admits Detecting Corrision in Exploded TETCO Pipe 4 Yrs Ago). It’s been a long road back, but finally, after more than six months, Spectra reports all four lines are now back in service…

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