Williams investigation expanded after "unusual" trio of gas accidents

A U.S. government probe into safety practices at pipeline operator Williams Cos. (WMB, WPZ) is being expanded after a natural gas plant fire led to the evacuation of a town in Wyoming last month, the company’s third accident in a year.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board already was investigating last year's explosion at the Geismar, La., that killed two workers and injured 80; after two more recent incidents, the board plans to look at whether there’s "a higher-level corporate issue."

CEO Alan Armstrong says Williams will hire outside experts to provide an independent look at their practices, but the company's capital spending on maintenance has declined in recent years even as its pipeline network expanded.

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  • JamesPond
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    If seemingly ordinary kids can walk into a school and start killing fellow students and teachers, or adult disgruntled employees can do the same with automatic weapons etc...within all that new paradigm craziness, then I would suggest its not out of the question that a disgruntled engineer employee or even a solo trained Jihadist could be at work in these 'unusual' events. Thank you Captain Obvious...but three in a short time...worth looking into.


    I've worked at the Shell refinery in Martinez, CA and can say that effective security in near impossible in these plants because of all the various activities at different plants on a 24/7 basis....not to mention activities of various intermittent sub-contractors buzzing around. Hopefully, it boils down to a faulty valve or internally rusted pipe or gas leak.....at least that's fixable.
    16 May 2014, 01:36 AM Reply Like
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