Midland, Texas Pipeline Explosion Tragically Kills 1, Injures 6 Others
A worker died tragically last week following a series of pipeline explosions just outside of Midland, Texas.
6 others, including 4 pipeline workers and 2 firefighters, were injured in connection with the August 1st incident.
Pipeline Explosions Followed Reports of Natural Gas Leaks
Pipeline personnel and fire crews had been responding to reports of leaking natural gas last Wednesday along Farm-to-Market Road 1379, roughly 20 miles southeast of Midland, when the first of several explosions occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m.
“I was out on the porch letting my dogs outside and I just heard this loud explosion, but it was more like a rumble,” one nearby resident told CBS-7.
“I mean, it was initially scary because we didn’t know what it was, and the rumble, we felt the rumble. It was obviously loud, we could hear it but we could feel it too,” she continued.
Pipeline Worker with Navitas Midstream Partners Died 2 Days Later
Five pipeline workers were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock shortly after emergency responders arrived on scene.
63-year-old Bud Taylor, of San Angelo, died in the hospital on Friday.
A 30-year industry veteran, Taylor had been employed by Navitas Midstream Partners for the past two years. He served as the company’s manager of operations services.
Three Injured Workers Remain Hospitalized
Three unidentified workers remained hospitalized as of Friday, including one listed in critical condition. Two others were listed as serious.
A fourth worker was treated and released.
Two firefighters from departments in Midland and Greenwood were taken to Midland Hospital, where they were also treated and released.
Explosion Involved Navitas Midstream, Kinder Morgan Pipelines
It’s not yet known what caused the explosion.
According to the Texas Railroad Commission, the initial blast occurred near a crossing of two pipelines, including a 12-inch interstate El Paso Natural Gas pipeline operated by Kinder Morgan.
Navitas Midstream operates the second pipeline.
Both lines feed natural gas processing facilities in the area.
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