Chevron initiated emergency response procedures after a
liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline exploded Thursday near
the rural town of Milford, Texas.
The explosion led to flames shooting high into the air and
prompted some people to evacuate. However, no injuries were
reported, according to Chevron and local emergency officials.
The explosion was caused by a construction
accidentally drilled into a 10-inch liquefied petroleum gas
(LPG) line, Tom Hemrick, director of Hill County Emergency
Management, told KTVT-TV
in Dallas. He said all
workers were accounted for.
"The fire is definitely getting smaller," Hemrick said, as
quoted by news agency Reuters.
Milford has a population of 700 people and is located about
50 miles south of Dallas.
Another 14-inch line runs a few feet from the pipeline that
exploded. Chevron was still flowing product through that line
because stopping it would increase the risk of a second
explosion," Hemrick said.
"It is still flowing because the flow cools the line,"
Texas state regulators said the pipeline that exploded was
part of the West Texas LPG Pipeline Ltd. Partnership, a
2,295-mile common-carrier pipeline system that transports natural gas
liquids (NGLs) from
New Mexico and Texas to Mont Belvieu, Texas, for processing.
Chevron owns 80% of the pipeline system and Atlas Pipeline
Partners has a 20% stake.