The victims of Atmos Energy’s negligence lingered for over 2 and 5 months, respectively.

May 16, 2008 7:10 pm US/Central
Set of Explosions Destroy 3 Homes in McKinney

May 18, 2008
McKinney explosion witnesses, victims’ families criticize Atmos Energy’s response

May 19, 2008 5:10 pm US/Central
McKinney FD Chief Reveals New Details on Explosion

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Monday, June 9, 2008
Family of McKinney gas explosion victim speaks out

Monday, July 28, 2008
McKinney gas explosion victim dies

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Blast Victim Dead

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So, the natural gas industry wants to increase demand, eh?

Here are a few reasons we need to reduce it: this winter’s rash of natural gas explosions in New England suburbs, and the lives lost:

1. One dead in house explosion

2. Gas leak forces evacuations in Keene

3. Woman killed in gas explosion in Somerset

Before explosion, gas crew waved off help; told firefighters they could leave the scene

4. More natural gas leaks discovered around Gloucester

Owner miraculously survives explosion – ‘Miracle day’

5. 1 Dead In Scituate House Explosion  4 Nearby Homes Condemned After Explosion

The infrastructure is aging: For years Matt Simmons, the only Peak Oil activist among the oil & gas industry elite, has been warning about, besides peak oil, the aging energy delivery system:

“If the world wants to keep using energy from oil and gas, it will have to rebuild the infrastructure and the cost of doing this could rival the combined cost of the World War II war machine, the post-war Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe, and the post-war buildout of the U.S. interstate highway system.”

Simmons said the costs could be enormous–in the $50- to $100 trillion range. Triage needs to happen immediately to prioritize which links in the system are the weakest and need to be repaired or replaced first. Pipelines are old, some dating to World War II. The average age of the drilling rig fleets onshore and offshore is 24 years. Refineries are even older.


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