TransCanada gas pipeline blows up in Canada

A TransCanada (TRP) natural-gas pipeline has exploded and caught fire in a rural area in the province of Manitoba in western Canadian.

TransCanada has closed the pipe down, leaving around 4,000 customers without gas.

While there were no injuries, the incident comes at a sensitive time, with the U.S. still deciding whether to approve TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline and the company looking to build other similar infrastructure for oil and gas.

The safety of transporting energy has come under increasing scrutiny lately, particularly following a series of rail and pipeline accidents.

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  • adsmith
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    Well, so much for that.
    26 Jan 2014, 03:19 AM Reply Like
  • fuzzymc
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    Good bye keystone !
    26 Jan 2014, 05:30 AM Reply Like
  • jhawkinstx
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    Good lord's can only be amatter of massive ignorance that you don't realize how many tens of thousands of miles of pipelines are virtually everywhere across this land.....they were greatly expanded starting during the Great Depression to shore up infrastructure and create jobs....then expanded again for energy security during World War II.
    26 Jan 2014, 06:35 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Well, you are suggesting that 'it's only natural that some pipelines will explode, because there's so damn many' and your position is.... we should make more?


    Just fyi, I don't think Keystone XL (method for Canadians to export their product whilst burdening the US with the risk of pipelines failure) is a good idea but I'm not against pipelines in general. I mean, how else are we going to transport stuff, magic?
    26 Jan 2014, 08:31 AM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    I wonder what caused the explosion. It would seem there must be an igniter for an explosion to occur. What possible igniters could there be? On the other hand I can imagine a rupture without an explosion being a possibility if there were a weak spot in the pipe. Remember a guy named Ludwig in the Ft. St. John area who was believed responsible for some pipeline explosions. It seems he believed enough pipeline accidents would cause the gas production in the area to stop. Are others following the same logic? It wouldn't surprise me.
    26 Jan 2014, 07:02 AM Reply Like
  • BuisnessUsual
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    This was bound to happen. Who wants a ticking time bomb in their back yard?
    26 Jan 2014, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Your statement amounts to fear mongering as there are hundreds of thousands of miles of pipelines transporting natural gas and oil and many other products in the ground in America with few accidents.
    27 Jan 2014, 12:58 PM Reply Like
  • slash32is4
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    king coal doesn't explode...
    26 Jan 2014, 07:25 AM Reply Like
  • richjoy403
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    slash -- Reconsider you comment...dust explosions, including coal, grain, wood, flour, sand, aluminum, name only a few, have killed thousands in mines, ships, plants, homes, and even in the Pentagon. Coal dust explodes...violently!
    26 Jan 2014, 12:53 PM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    thank you richjoy for facts and reasoning.


    It would seem all coal miners know that coal explodes. Their life is at risk every day.
    26 Jan 2014, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • TAS
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    And their jobs imperiled by zealot regulators doing the President's bidding.
    26 Jan 2014, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • jjmc2001
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    There have been hundreds of coal mine explosions along with coal dust explosions in handling facilities. Accidents happen in many different energy activities. I have been involved in many facets of the energy business and pipelines rank among the safest of all energy transport methods. I have three major pipelines (two operated by Marathon and one Keystone) under a farm I own and would be happy to educate anyone about my experiences with them. I feel much safer there than I would if a railroad ran through it.
    26 Jan 2014, 10:49 PM Reply Like
  • Javelina
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    Keystone will be approved. Obama is so weak politically he needs the positives associated with approval.
    26 Jan 2014, 07:38 AM Reply Like
  • BuisnessUsual
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    What positives? The 40 full time jobs it may create or the part about it exploding?
    26 Jan 2014, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    And how many more deaths vs Lac Megantic?


    26 Jan 2014, 09:39 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    Who many were killed in the San Bruno explosion?
    26 Jan 2014, 10:44 AM Reply Like
  • K1600Mitch
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    Mitch McConnell was on Fox News with Chris Wallace this morning discussing the pipeline approval as an issue with accepting the new budget. I think the timing of this explosion is suspect and that investigation will show fowl play.
    26 Jan 2014, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • growsmart
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    A chicken did it !
    26 Jan 2014, 07:18 PM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    Hears hoping the stock's price goes down some more. Bad news can be good news.
    26 Jan 2014, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • richjoy403
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    It is too early to know what caused TRP's pipeline explosion, but I am reminded of explosions caused by attempts to illegally tap pipelines to steal energy.
    26 Jan 2014, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • StepUp
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    Ha this is ironic. A couple of weeks ago, when trains derailed and exploded and all the pipeline proponents made comments about how much safer pipelines are.
    26 Jan 2014, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Sipkins
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    K1600Mitch, "fowl play". Are the chickens coming home to roost?
    26 Jan 2014, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • bobby44
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    Do not expect foul play but do expect those who would take advantage of this. No disaster here folks! This is an older pipe that has been in service for 50 odd years. In rural areas pipe has a minimum spec for hoop strength and wall thickness. In areas of security concern the pipe specs range from 1.2 to 2 times the minimum. That is why line breaks do not usually kill people or flatten a town.


    I expect the findings of failure to be corrosion of the carrier pipe. No foul play. No neglect. Natural gas is different from oil in that when the pipe tears in a failure there is usually a source of ignition from the torn steel or ditch material flying. High pressure gas in a large diameter pipe reacts different from what you expect at your house. This is much better than a cloud of gas looking for ignition at somebody's house or car like propane can do.


    This is NOT good news, but will not affect the outcome of approvals for Keystone, Energy East or proposed gas projects.


    If the stock price does drop ---- Bobby buys!
    26 Jan 2014, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • wildernessvoice
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    TCP has a line crossing my farm- so does Enron. The TCP line went through about 1958. I have never had a problem. My father said they were treal dicks to deal with in 1958 but that has changed.
    Enron had to come in to do preventive work on a small section of pipe- an anomolly of some sort. I have never been used in such a gracious manner by a big company.
    I just signed a release to allow TCP the right to bring a survey crew across the farm. They came through the door checkbook extended.
    Things have changed in 50 years.
    26 Jan 2014, 07:40 PM Reply Like
  • mac1943
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    @lorneb~~you are correct. Pipelines don't explode because there is no oxygen in the line. A rupture or even a small leak, which allows an escape of gas, can lead to a fire, and potentially a dramatic fire, and possibly even an explosive ignition, if there is an ignition source. An actual explosion of natural gas would presumably only occur in a confined space such as a building. Of course to the media an "explosion" is a far more dramatic word than "rupture". I fervently hope that it is not a repeat of the Ludwig Wiebo history.


    @slash32. ~~coal can and does explode, usually during the preparation ( grinding, drying and transport ) phase prior to burning. It's a serious concern for people in especially the cement, and coal fired power industries.
    26 Jan 2014, 08:08 PM Reply Like
  • Texastruther
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    So TransCanada on their tele presser announces the grand start of their "Keystone XL" southern segment....which PHMSA cited them for 48% of their welds on just one portion of the line being bad in be exact 205 welds. How confident are we in Texas about this line. Zero....absolutely zero.
    26 Jan 2014, 08:11 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    This is very unfortunate but we do have a lot of very old pipelines in service in North America, and a lot of them probably need to be replaced. Corrosion, bad welds, crystallized metal around welds from old welding techniques. The XL, if built, would probably be the safest pipe in North America, definitely safer than oil by rail. It's for oil, not Natgas.
    26 Jan 2014, 08:25 PM Reply Like
  • totalincome46
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    Could have been a third-party backhoe that punctured the old pipeline. This happens quite often. We'll need to wait for the incident report. Find out when they last ran an in-line inspection tool to check on wall thinning or corrosion points. Long TRP and looking for more.
    27 Jan 2014, 09:19 AM Reply Like
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