Records: Pipe­lines not marked

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Two Texas nat­u­ral gas pipe­lines that ex­ploded last month, killing three peo­ple, were not prop­erly marked, ac­cord­ing to state records.

One worker was killed and seven were in­jured June 7 when they hit a 36-inch pipe while dig­ging a hole for a power pole in ru­ral John­son County. A day later, in Dar­rouzett in the Pan­han­dle, two peo­ple died and one was se­ri­ously in­jured when a dirt-con­tract­ing com­pany hit a 14-inch pipe­line with a bull­dozer.

The Texas Rail­road Com­mis­sion and fed­eral agen­cies are in­ves­ti­gat­ing both ac­ci­dents. Re­ports filed with the com­mis­sion by the pipe­line op­er­a­tors and ex­ca­va­tors in­volved in each event con­firm that nei­ther pipe­line was prop­erly marked be­fore the dig­ging, ac­cord­ing to the Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram.

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