Pipeline in Fatal Blast Had a Dime‑Sized Hole in It

Pipeline in Fatal Blast Had a Dime‑Sized Hole in It

Mike Soraghan & Mike Lee | E&E News

A natural gas pipeline that exploded in Texas, killing a 3-year-old girl, had been leaking gas through a dime-sized hole for some time, records show.

Delaney Tercero, 3, died and her sister and parents were badly burned in the explosion. A gathering line owned by Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex exploded on Aug. 9 near their mobile home outside Midland, Texas. A posting by the Midland County Sheriff’s Office said Delaney would have turned 4 a week after the explosion and had been “looking forward to her first year at school.” She died two days after the blast.

The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), which regulates oil and gas rather than trains, sent inspectors to the explosion site. RRC records obtained by E&E News through an open-records request indicate that Targa had the pipeline excavated…(Read the full story)

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