Texas LPG pipeline fire still burning, town remains evacuated

15 November 2013 23:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Residual liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from a pipeline that exploded continues to be flared and burned off, while residents of a nearby central Texas town are still unable to go home due to a precautionary evacuation order, US-based Chevron said on Friday.

Residents of Milford, a town of about 700 people, are being allowed brief visits to their homes to retrieve medications and pets but are not allowed to stay overnight, the company said.

Overnight accommodations at area hotels are being provided for those whose homes are located within the 1.5-mile (2.4-km) evacuation zone, Chevron said.

The explosion occurred after a work crew accidentally drilled into a 10in (25cm) LPG pipeline. No one was injured in the blast and subsequent fire.

Meanwhile, workers are attempting to remove product from a nearby 14in LPG pipeline, Chevron said.

“Chevron’s priority is to safely complete the pipeline work to allow evacuated people to return to their homes,” the company said.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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