Records: Pipelines not marked
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.