A natural gas pipeline erupted near Danville, Kentucky, on the morning of Aug. 1, killing one person and setting houses on fire.
The incident occurred on a 30-in. pipeline that forms part of the Texas Eastern natural gas system in Lincoln County, Kentucky, operated by Enbridge Inc. The line has been isolated.
“We are deeply saddened that this incident has resulted in a fatality,” said Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge. “I want to express our condolences to the family and loved ones of the person who was lost today and to all who have been affected by this incident.”
In a company statement, Enbridge said its primary concern is for the individuals and families impacted by the incident. The company announced it has a care team on-site providing assistance and support.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation into the pipeline failure. Enbridge is in regular contact with the NTSB in support of the investigation.
Enbridge has mobilized emergency response personnel and resources to the site, and company is working alongside first responders.
This is the second incident on the pipeline system this year. A section of the Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline exploded in Noble County, Ohio, on Jan. 21, which injured two people and damaged three houses.
The Texas Eastern system is a 9,071-miles pipeline that connects Texas and the Gulf Coast to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. It has the capacity to transport 11.69 Billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas. The pipeline also connects to East Tennessee Natural Gas and Algonquin Gas Transmission.vTexas Eastern offers approximately 74 Bcf of natural gas storage.