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P.S.A.'S · 11th December 2012
Terrace Daily
This Just In

At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly burned section of Interstate 77 in West Virginia was closed after a natural gas line exploded in an hour-long inferno.

No injuries were immediately reported, but firefighters had just begun to reach damaged structures late in the afternoon after the intense flames kept them at bay for several hours.

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"I thought possibly (it was) a plane crash," said Goins, who immediately went outside with several neighbors. "It was so loud it sounded like a turbine engine. You almost had to put your hands over your ears."

He got in his car and drove closer, seeing fire that stretched as high as the hilltops.

"The flames were so high, they were so massive," he said. "I could only imagine what had happened"

Carper said the flames spanned about a quarter of a mile and ran through a culvert under the interstate.

"It actually cooked the interstate," he said. "It looks like a tar pit."

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Comment by James Ippel on 13th December 2012
Sammy & Bryan make good points. All the negative aspects of a pipeline, Gas or Oil, are sensationalized by the Media/Environmentalists. The good points are swept under the carpet.
They tend to forget that the revenues generated by the sale of our resources pay for Health, Education, Infrastructure, and the list goes on. It also generates direct and spin off jobs.
The Merdia sensationalizes a spill because it is profitable and sells advertising. The Envors jump infront of a camera every chance they get to sensationalize their cause and hope that some misled entertainment people south of the border will contribute to their cause.
Maybe these Enviros should take a step back and realize that if they stop the sale of natural resources the revenues will slowly dry up, and a source of income for many of them will also be going the way of the Dodo Bird. Get a real job and make a meaningful contribution to society instead of being a parasite.
jumping jack flash
Comment by chris from away on 12th December 2012
..... its a gas, gas, gas....

actually, terrace already had a few gas pipeline blowouts
one was when 1.5 million dubic metres of rock came down the mountain at 15 km on the soyth copper ;ogging road
another was when a grader operator was dressing a ditchline on the old lakelse road ( just above lakelse picnic site)
i was on call for fire starts with the ministry of forests.... i came over the hill at the airport and saw a huge fireball
the grader got cooked but because it was late in the year, no forest fire was ignited


ng lines are a hazard but not so scary as heavy tarsands oil,,,, gas disperses or burns
tarsands oil just kinda sticks around like your unwanted xmess relatives.....
agree Sammy
Comment by Bryan N on 12th December 2012
the negativity is blown out of proportion. How many thousands of km's of pipelines are there in North America?? What are their ages?? What are the risks, really?
I'd also have liked a picture of what unemployed people look like, what poverty looks like, what despair looks like, what it looks like when families are split out of necessity to find employment? I could go on and on.
Mr
Comment by Sammy Hill on 11th December 2012
It amazes me how a few individuals keep digging up isolated instances and events to try and sway the general populations opinion of the people in nortwestern BC. If it was left up to this true minority they would squash any hope of true economic developement in the area. I am tired of reading and hearing of the false and sensationalized information that is being thrown out there by some so called "environmentalists".
These few won't point out that a pipeline supplying a methanol plant here has never had an explosion or ignition in its 25 years of service. During its operation this plant was consuming the majority of natural gas used in the whole province. During this same period at least 500 world class chemical tankers sailed in and out of Douglas Channel without incident. I keep hearing "Exxon Valdez" and it is wearing a little thin.