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Kentucky Gas Explosion Keeps Fossil Fuel Disaster Streak Alive


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Kit
- 215 days ago - commondreams.org
Fourth natural gas or coal-related accident in as many days sends at least two people to the hospital



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Kit B. (276)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 9:28 pm
Image Credit: @Mike_Clink34/Twitter | @sivadmk/Twitter --
A gas line explosion in Adair County, Ky., could be seen from about 20 miles away, Feb. 13, 2014.


[Update: 1:08 PM EST — Just hours after this post was first published Thursday morning a train carrying both crude oil and propane gas derailed in western Pennsylvania. The extent of the damage was not yet clear.]

Earlier: A gas pipeline explosion in Kentucky early Thursday that sent at least two people to the hospital, destroyed three homes, two barns, numerous cars, and left a 60-foot crater in the ground is the fourth significant fossil fuel-related disaster in the U.S. in as many days.

According to media reports, the cause of the explosion and subsequent fires in the town of Knifley, Kentucky, about 90 miles south of Louisville, was not known but one witness said the blast lit up the sky "just as plain as day." The section of the pipeline that exploded has been sealed off and an investigation is underway, authorities said.

The incident in Kentucky follows two fossil fuel disasters on Tuesday this week: a coal slurry spill in West Virginia that turned a local river "black" with toxic compounds and a dramatic explosion of a fracking well in western Pennsylvania. On Monday night, a similar explosion to what has happened in Kentucky occurred when a natural gas pipeline "ruptured and exploded" causing a massive fire in North Dakota.

In an email sent to Common Dreams, Jamie Henn, director of stratgey and communications for the climate group 350.org, said this week's rash of accidents shows the inherent risks and dangers of a fossil fuel industry pushing the boundaries of its extraction and transportion activities.

"The fossil fuel industry is like a giant robot at the end of a horror movie—falling to pieces and lashing out as it strains for ever more resources," wrote Henn.

"The latest string of disasters bolds and italicizes a basic fact: fossil fuels aren't safe. Not for our communities, not for our environment, and certainly not for our climate," he continued. "It's time politicians to stand up and reject catastrophes like the Keystone XL pipeline and start promoting things that don't blow up or leak, like solar panels and wind turbines."
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By: Jon Queally | staff writer | Common Dreams |



 

Craig Pittman (45)
Friday February 14, 2014, 6:41 am
Alternate energy needs funding. Perhaps these ongoing disasters involving fossil fuels will incite folks to pressure their governments to stop subsidies to big oil and invest in renewable energy sources.
Thanks Kit.
 

Chaz Berlusconi (72)
Friday February 14, 2014, 8:13 am
some of the consequences of these practices are devastating... time for man to look to other sources
 

pam w. (191)
Friday February 14, 2014, 10:05 am
SOLAR doesn't spill....and neither does WIND energy! I'm so DAMNABLY WEARY of these spills, leaks, devastations, etc.
 

Barbara K. (84)
Friday February 14, 2014, 12:25 pm
I believe that solar and wind energy is not only safe but practical and Earth friendly. Nothing needs to be destroyed for these safe choices and we will also be healthier.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday February 14, 2014, 2:11 pm
This just seems unending, and I feel terrible for those who are victims of this. It's past time for some major systemic changes. On my fridge, I have posted: Breaking News: Large Air Spill At Wind Farm. No Threats Reported. Some Claim To Enjoy The Breeze.
 

SuSanne P. (182)
Friday February 14, 2014, 2:12 pm
Oh I need a break but I thank you Kit "... the fourth significant fossil fuel-related disaster in the U.S. in as many days."
The incident in Kentucky follows two fossil fuel disasters on Tuesday this week: a coal slurry spill in West Virginia that turned a local river "black" with toxic compounds and a dramatic explosion of a fracking well in western Pennsylvania. On Monday night, a similar explosion to what has happened in Kentucky occurred when a natural gas pipeline "ruptured and exploded" causing a massive fire in North Dakota.
NO FRACKING WAY!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 14, 2014, 6:04 pm
Makes me recall the Roseville, CA train explosion that I heard, felt and saw for miles. The community felt traumatized for a long time afterwards--an added human cost rarely discussed.
 

Debbie S. (33)
Friday February 14, 2014, 8:14 pm
Too much of this going on these days....very sad.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 8:42 am
Noted & posted
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:52 am
Noted & posted
 

lee e. (114)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:53 am
I get beyond sad, ass I continue to hear of more spills and explosions and earthquakes every day, then watch the effects of climate change that we are all experiencing (who the hell is going to pay for all of this?), CA has no water - with ideas of building a pipeline for water from northern CA, and floods in the UK and Australia all but burning up! Snow storms in the South --- I believe we've got to fine these industries responsible, put them out of business if they cannot afford to clean and reconstruct, punish the guilty industries with all but unreasonable regulations and withdrawal of subsidies that perpetuate their gross negligence, those monies to be diverted to clean fuel research (I don't think we've begun to touch on the capacities of solar, wind and geo).
 
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