A gas pipeline with liquid propane ruptured, causing the massive fire, it happened just north of Kansas City International Airport on Tuesday night, the pipe broke open exploded causing a large plume of flames which could be seen up to 15 miles away.
A glow in the sky was visible from the airport just after 6:30 p.m. on November 29th 2016.
The Southern Platte Fire Dept. tweeted that companies from their agency along with the Northern Platte Co. district and Kansas City, MO Fire Dept. were on the scene of a pipeline explosion. The cause of the explosion is not yet known. The site of the explosion was in a remote location, roughly a half of a mile away from the nearest home.
The Kansas City Fire Department says the pipeline carries ethane and propane.
By 7:30 p.m., aerial footage from KCTV appeared to show the flames dying down.
— Ellen McNamara (@EllenKCTV5) November 30, 2016
The identity of the owner or operator of the pipeline was not immediately available. But we now know The Pipeline is owned by Louisiana based Enterprise Gas Products, a partner shell company of Mid-America Pipeline Co LLC.
Local authorities and a gas company representative will assess damage Wednesday and investigate the cause of the pipeline rupture that caused a fiery explosion north of the Airport.
The pipeline rupture was declared under control without injuries about 10 p.m. Tuesday, as crews worked to secure the area of the explosion.
“It just looked like the sun was coming out … it was that bright from where we were at,” neighbor Kameo Patch said.
Shanks said the fire was in a remote location on the edge of the county about three to four miles in a field west of Smithville.
“Initially there was a concern because of the size of the fire a call went out that there may a structure involved but that was not determined there was not a structure involved,” Shanks said. “It’s literally a pipeline that ruptured in the middle of a field.”
Contractors shut off the line in both directions and fire crews worked their way in to contain the fire until it burned itself out late in the night
“The advantage of the location is obviously there a limited number of structures. It’s out in a field and there’s limited amount of damage,” Shanks said. “The bad news is there is also limited access for fire crews.”
Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners says it’s investigating the rupture and that the affected pipeline segment has been isolated. Enterprise owns the pipeline’s operator, Mid-America Pipeline Company.
This corporation, Mid American Pipelines, is no different from the rest. They have your typical track record of spills and breaks along their pipeline system. They have already have over a million in fines placed against them. Here is just a few of the spills into waterways this corporation is responsible for. Including a spill into the Missouri River, the same river Water Protectors and anti resource extraction activist from around the globe gather to defend from the DAPL pipeline.
- A March 29, 2007, rupture near Yutan, Neb., which caused the discharge of approximately 1,669 barrels of natural gasoline directly into an unnamed ditch and Otoe Creek.
- An April 23, 2010, rupture near Niles, Kan., which caused the discharge of approximately 1,760 barrels of natural gasoline directly into an unnamed ditch, Cole Creek, Buckeye Creek and the Solomon River.
- An August 13, 2011, rupture near Onawa, Iowa, which caused the discharge of approximately 818 barrels of natural gasoline directly into the Missouri River.
I am from an area effected by more than one of these oil spills, in fact one from each of these companies. Yet I still see Shell stations popping up everywhere. It seems Shell and Marathon, one of the companies behind the DAPL are some of the most popular filing stations in my area. I am proud to say in some spots we have managed to outright shut s few BP stations down from boycotts how ever there are still plenty to be found, and people continue to throw there money into them. Some of the very same people who you hear scream FUCK BP are going to fill their tank at the BP their on the way home. We as both the working class and the consumers have the ultimate power.
Everywhere Indigenous peoples are coming together and rising up, joined by anti fossil fuel activist of all types. We are witnessing a Resistance to resource action like has never before been seen. With the huge Resistance in Standing Rock against the DAPL pipeline receiving the unprecedented amount attention it seems we are reaching a tipping point on this issue. We are sure to see The Resistance continue to get stronger all around the world. The time of fossil fuels are coming to an end. So to answer the great question of our time, when is enough, enough? Well, RIGHT NOW. This is our time to rise up and put an end to this primitive 150 year old technology
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