This morning, a pipeline operated by Chevron Corporation exploded in Milford, which is located about 50 miles outside of Dallas. No injuries have been reported, but the town's population of 700 residents have been asked to evacuate. Children at local schools have also been evacuated until further notice.
Chevron did not identify the line, but it is the majority owner of a 2,295 mile common-carrier pipeline system. The system runs from Texas to New Mexico and the lines eventually stop at a Mont Belvieu, TX plant where the gas is processed. Research shows that Atlas Pipeline Partners has a 20% interest in the West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership; 80% of the partnership is owned by Chevron.
About the Pipeline Explosion
Allegedly, the explosion was caused by a construction crew that drilled into a 10-inch liquefied petroleum gas line without knowing it was there. According to the director of Hill County Emergency Management, the crews have chosen to leave a line open near the one that exploded. That particular line is still flowing because stopping it would increase the risk of a secondary explosion; the flow also helps to gradually cool the line.
Broadcasters at the scene of the explosion have filmed the heavy flames rising from the field where there is a drilling rig and several burned vehicles. The story on this pipeline explosion is still unfolding as more investigators arrive at the scene to inspect the damage. Stay updated by checking back for further updates!