Second Pipeline Blast In Alabama (in 2 Months) Kills 1, Burns 5 More

And This is The What The Oil Industry Calls the “Safest” Means of Transport

Shelby County, Alabama experienced its second major pipeline explosion on the Colonial Pipeline as another blast shook the town of Helena. Citizens within 5 miles of the blast were evacuated as multiple fires continued to burn in a drought affected area.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the mishap will probably affect diesel prices on the East Coast. Also, one worker was burned to death and five more were severely burned. Diesel prices will probably go up on the East Coast, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In 1996, Colonial Pipeline company was responsible for the largest oil spill in South Carolina history, an epic event that sent a 1 million gallon tsunami of gasonine down the Reedy River. In the 20 years since then, 40 more oil spill related incidents have occured in South Carolina, involving both Colonial and Plantation Pipeline. More on that story.

The same pipeline spewed 330,000 gallons of diesel gasoline into wetlands in September.

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