• What we know about the company who runs gas line that exploded

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    CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A gas line explosion sent flames shooting into the sky in Beaver County Monday morning.

    We wanted to know more about the company that runs it, so Target 11's Rick Earle spent the day digging through records and the company's safety history.

    Target 11 discovered the 24-inch line that exploded in Center Township is part of the Revolution Pipeline --- a new 40-mile line to transport natural gas liquid from northern Butler County through Beaver County and into Washington County.

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    The line was built to supply the Mariner 2 East Pipeline.

    For years, Channel 11 has told you about the legal battles slowing down construction of that pipeline.


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    It will run through Indiana, Westmoreland and Washington counties.

    The line is owned by Energy Transfer Partners based in Dallas, Texas, and it was recently put into service. 

    Energy Transfer has more than 83,000 miles of pipeline in 38 states.

    According to the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety, since 2006, the company has had 41 incidents resulting in more than $11 million in property damages, but no fatalities or injuries. 

    And since 2006, Target 11 found three enforcement actions against the company listed on the federal website, the most serious in December of 2016 resulted in a $24,000 fine.  

    The Office of Pipeline Safety said the company did not provide records to demonstrate that their patrol pilot was qualified at the time he conducted 13 patrols by air on the pipeline right-of-way and seven months earlier in May 2016, the company was warned for failing to accurately notify the feds about the construction of 10 or more miles of a new hazardous liquid pipeline in west Texas.


     

     

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