UPDATE: Pipeline Explosion Investigation 12/6/12
CBS 7 News
December 6, 2012
Goldsmith, TX - The scene from the explosion site caused many drivers to stop and even take pictures.
The Texas Railroad Commission is heading the investigation a spokesperson says they are looking into what caused the pipeline to rupture.
A representative with West Texas Gas, the company that owns the pipeline says they were doing a mandatory pressure check on the pipes when the explosion happened.
Richard D. Hatchett the Vice President of West Texas Gas, Inc. released this statement:
“The pipeline incident that occurred yesterday evening at approximately 6:00 PM took place during an integrity management pressure test required by pipeline safety regulations. WTG is working and cooperating with the Texas Railroad Commission and other inspectors to identify the cause of the incident and will continue with this ongoing investigation.
WTG is thankful that there were no injuries related to this incident and it appreciates all the assistance provided by local fire volunteers and other area safety agency personnel. WTG appreciates the continued patience of the Goldsmith residents as we work to restore natural gas service to residents over the few hours.”
The DCP Midstream main plant was just 200 yards away from the explosion.
Roz Elliott a spokesperson for DCP Midstream released this statement:
DCP Midstream responded quickly to the nearby pipeline rupture near its facility by immediately shutting down its plant and evacuating the four individuals on site. The incident occurred outside DCP’s fence yard. We are thankful that this did not harm our people nearby incident.