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Gas Pipeline Accident Kills 2 in Refugio County

Kathleen Becker7 months ago

Two workers were killed and one other was injured while working to repair a South Texas gas pipeline during a high-pressure release.  Refugio County authorities did say that the accident took place on Tuesday at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro.

About the Fatal Pipeline Accident

According to ABC News, two men were in a hole trying to repair a pipeline when a piece of the line they were working on came loose, which then caused 800 pounds of pressure to release according to the Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopaz. 

One of the workers died at the scene of the accident while one died at the hospital.  A third worker was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries.

One of the workers killed has been identified as Dennis Henneke, an employee.  The other deceased worker was a contract employee – his identity was not available.

According to a statement from Dallas-based Southcross, a piece of equipment that the workers were using for the job apparently failed, causing the accident.

Pipeline Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA):

  • Between 2011 and 2015, there were 3,188 pipeline incidents reported to the PHMSA.
  • These incidents resulted in 65 deaths in 303 reported injuries.
  • Over the past five years, pipeline accidents have cost the U.S. more than $1.6 billion.

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