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(Think Progress)   Natural gas pipeline blows up, leveling cornfield in rural Illinois and showering homes with delicious popcorn   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 56
    More: Scary, Illinois, pipeline, petrochemicals, natural gas field  
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2013-08-14 12:17:14 AM  
Overzealous staffers.  Nothing to see here.
 
2013-08-14 12:24:19 AM  
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2013-08-14 12:27:51 AM  
Underneath the cornfield, a natural gas pipeline carrying gas byproducts ethane and propane had somehow ruptured, caught fire, and exploded, sending gouts of smoke into the air. Around 80 families within a one-mile radius of the blast were initially evacuated, though by Tuesday morning, all but two had returned to their homes.

Hank Hill's reaction upon finding out about this:

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2013-08-14 12:29:03 AM  
TFA: The whole point behind fossil fuels like natural gas, natural gas byproducts, oil, and coal is that they can be combusted - burned up for heat.

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2013-08-14 12:33:00 AM  
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2013-08-14 12:33:15 AM  
I had eggplant parmesan for dinner tonight, so my boxers know exactly how that cornfield felt.
 
2013-08-14 12:34:57 AM  

jaytkay: TFA: The whole point behind fossil fuels like natural gas, natural gas byproducts, oil, and coal is that they can be combusted - burned up for heat.

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It's Science.
 
2013-08-14 12:37:38 AM  
Good thing it was natural gas, not that refined stuff that's bad for the environment.
 
2013-08-14 12:39:56 AM  
Our nation's infrastructure is in excellent condition.  Nothing to see here.  Move along, citizen.
 
2013-08-14 12:40:54 AM  

Chunky Pumpkinhead: [mimg.ugo.com image 288x288]


And from now on, stop playing with yourself.
 
2013-08-14 12:48:03 AM  
The pipeline is owned by Enterprise Products Partners, a Houston-based energy company that operates 50,000 miles of natural gas, oil, and petrochemical pipeline throughout the U.S. In August, 2011, a pipeline carrying 140,000 gallons of natural gasoline operated by Enterprise leaked an unknown amount of the volatile liquid into the Missouri River in Iowa.

This is my shocked faced: O
 
2013-08-14 12:48:50 AM  
Not the scene I'd pick from Real Genius, but still well done Chunky Pumpkinhead +1
 
2013-08-14 12:49:04 AM  
Wait, there were 80 families within one mile of each other in flyover country?
 
2013-08-14 12:49:32 AM  
I heard it was a blast!

/goodnight Seattle!
 
2013-08-14 12:50:34 AM  
That's one way to get rid of them.
www.eddecker.com
 
2013-08-14 12:52:42 AM  
Natural gas is so awesome when it explodes. NO mess leftover to clean up. disclaimer: free kindling is not a mess and must be marketed as 'environmentally responsible free range barbecue wood'.
Not like that oil that takes 20 years to clean up and all the jobs it creates cleaning it up and jobs in the court system as the little fine is appealed down to nothing.

/queebec oil spills result in the undertaker grumbling at losing 50 burial contracts.
//Le Too soon?
///Ya'll gonna die one day. Maybe in your sleep as grandad careens the car over that cliff.
 
2013-08-14 12:53:27 AM  
"Illinois" and "level" seems redundant
 
2013-08-14 12:58:25 AM  
gouts of smoke

I didn't know smoke could get gout.
 
2013-08-14 01:00:27 AM  
Reminds me of the pipe line blast we had near Sissonville WV on Dec 11, 2012. Burnt up 4 houses and part of Interstate 77.
Just sheer dumb luck there were no fatalities or major injuries. The pipeline that blew had been put in service in 1967.
 
2013-08-14 01:06:19 AM  
Kent shows up on second post. Well done.

/why are we still here?
 
2013-08-14 01:08:42 AM  

belhade: Kent shows up on second post. Well done.

/why are we still here?


Need a shot of the popcorn house.

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2013-08-14 01:13:06 AM  
The whole point behind fossil fuels like natural gas, natural gas byproducts, oil, and coal is that they can be combusted - burned up for heat.


Target audience is 9?
 
2013-08-14 01:13:19 AM  
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2013-08-14 01:19:44 AM  
Anyone else get an ad for "Oil and Gas Industry properties - Low investment, large payout"?  hah.
 
2013-08-14 01:20:24 AM  
Many colonels died to make this thread.
 
2013-08-14 01:24:30 AM  

belhade: Kent shows up on second post. Well done.

/why are we still here?


Not enough Children of the Corn references?
 
2013-08-14 01:25:41 AM  
Not to worry! Not to worry! We all know the REAL victim here is the Corporation that owns that burning fuel. I am here to inform you that EACH and every citizen near that explosion will pay their fair share. Heating is not free.
 
2013-08-14 01:34:20 AM  
Leveling a cornfield? How many stories high was this cornfield?
 
2013-08-14 01:35:34 AM  
Came for real genius reference, left satisfied.
 
2013-08-14 01:47:10 AM  
Help is on the way !
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2013-08-14 01:48:42 AM  
Expect the price of gas, heating oil, diesel, proprane, fritos, and frosted flakes to go up tomorrow.
 
2013-08-14 02:04:04 AM  

TomD9938: jaytkay: TFA: The whole point behind fossil fuels like natural gas, natural gas byproducts, oil, and coal is that they can be combusted - burned up for heat.

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It's Science.


hmmmm....
Burn, baby burn  disco an' science
Burn, baby burn  let the good times  broil.

Yeah it works. .
 
2013-08-14 02:20:28 AM  

Miss Stein: belhade: Kent shows up on second post. Well done.

/why are we still here?

Need a shot of the popcorn house.

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Fark did not let me down. I immediately thought of Real Genius when I saw the headline. Still waiting for Mythbusters to test this one out.
 
2013-08-14 02:30:09 AM  
You mean there really are cities named Pawnee?
 
2013-08-14 02:34:31 AM  

Miss Stein: belhade: Kent shows up on second post. Well done.

/why are we still here?

Need a shot of the popcorn house.

[i759.photobucket.com image 850x362]


Man, those kids are basically playing in a huge pile of pulverized glass, splinters, nails, and asbestos.
 
2013-08-14 02:39:31 AM  
This is NOT the way to send corn to the ISS...have the Russians send a rocket.
 
2013-08-14 03:00:40 AM  

jtown: Our nation's infrastructure is in excellent condition.  Nothing to see here.  Move along, citizen.


The thing is that when the infrastructure is underground there's only so much inspecting that you can do from inside the pipe. Digging it up to inspect it is usually impossible plus it's very disruptive and carries risks equal to or greater than random pipeline bursts when it is possible. The only other option is to build pipelines inside tunnels ("yo dawg. I heard that you like pipes so I built a pipe inside of a pipe for you") which would probably triple the cost while not having any guarantee of preventing something like this from happening.
 
2013-08-14 03:09:34 AM  

HotWingAgenda: pulverized glass, splinters, nails, and asbestos.


Hey! As a kid we all played in pulverized glass, splinters, nails, asbestos and worse. and liked it. The younger generations have no idea what it was like for us. Farking helicopter parenting, soccer pushing, panty wetting idiots will kill us all in the end.

Injuries are a hard reminder of what not to do while you are young. I never broke a bone as an adult. Why? Because I learned what might break a bone as a kid... And then I didn't do that again.
 
2013-08-14 03:17:22 AM  
We can't have a Real Genius thread without Michelle Meyrink. I won't permit it.

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And we also need to have Deborah Foreman.

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There, that's better. Now stop playing with yourself.
 
2013-08-14 03:25:31 AM  

Texas Gabe: Leveling a cornfield? How many stories high was this cornfield?


Only as high as an elephant's eye.

And now it's blowed up right into the skyyyyyyyy.
 
2013-08-14 03:31:33 AM  
babysimpson.co.uk

awww paul newman's gonna have my legs broke
 
2013-08-14 03:41:41 AM  

Radioactive Ass: jtown: Our nation's infrastructure is in excellent condition.  Nothing to see here.  Move along, citizen.

The thing is that when the infrastructure is underground there's only so much inspecting that you can do from inside the pipe. Digging it up to inspect it is usually impossible plus it's very disruptive and carries risks equal to or greater than random pipeline bursts when it is possible. The only other option is to build pipelines inside tunnels ("yo dawg. I heard that you like pipes so I built a pipe inside of a pipe for you") which would probably triple the cost while not having any guarantee of preventing something like this from happening.


You don't have to dig up every inch of every pipe to inspect it.  There  should be records of the materials and building methods used to construct the pipelines.  There  should be records of the composition of the soil.  There  should be weather records.  Using that information, it is possible to predict roughly how the pipes will deteriorate over time and the can do spot inspections of the sections of pipe as they approach the safety limits predicted by that use of information.  Then update the prediction model and service the pipes as necessary.  It's not rocket surgery.  It's materials science.
 
2013-08-14 04:13:03 AM  
Well this is a nice change from the usual swamp gas defacing corn fields.
 
2013-08-14 04:33:22 AM  

ImpendingCynic: The pipeline is owned by Enterprise Products Partners, a Houston-based energy company that operates 50,000 miles of natural gas, oil, and petrochemical pipeline throughout the U.S. In August, 2011, a pipeline carrying 140,000 gallons of natural gasoline operated by Enterprise leaked an unknown amount of the volatile liquid into the Missouri River in Iowa.

This is my shocked faced: O


I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.
 
2013-08-14 04:38:26 AM  

Oldiron_79: ImpendingCynic: The pipeline is owned by Enterprise Products Partners, a Houston-based energy company that operates 50,000 miles of natural gas, oil, and petrochemical pipeline throughout the U.S. In August, 2011, a pipeline carrying 140,000 gallons of natural gasoline operated by Enterprise leaked an unknown amount of the volatile liquid into the Missouri River in Iowa.

This is my shocked faced: O

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.


So farking what? It's NATURAL gas you twits.

/enviro-wackjobs
 
2013-08-14 06:25:09 AM  

Enigmamf: You mean there really are cities named Pawnee?


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2013-08-14 07:46:23 AM  

jtown: Radioactive Ass: jtown: Our nation's infrastructure is in excellent condition.  Nothing to see here.  Move along, citizen.

The thing is that when the infrastructure is underground there's only so much inspecting that you can do from inside the pipe. Digging it up to inspect it is usually impossible plus it's very disruptive and carries risks equal to or greater than random pipeline bursts when it is possible. The only other option is to build pipelines inside tunnels ("yo dawg. I heard that you like pipes so I built a pipe inside of a pipe for you") which would probably triple the cost while not having any guarantee of preventing something like this from happening.

You don't have to dig up every inch of every pipe to inspect it.  There  should be records of the materials and building methods used to construct the pipelines.  There  should be records of the composition of the soil.  There  should be weather records.  Using that information, it is possible to predict roughly how the pipes will deteriorate over time and the can do spot inspections of the sections of pipe as they approach the safety limits predicted by that use of information.  Then update the prediction model and service the pipes as necessary.  It's not rocket surgery.  It's materials science.



Actually, pipelines are inspected from the inside, by sending a robotic camera through the line as well as measuring the conductivity of the metal walls. Changes in conductivity can be detected over time, which would indicate a weakening portion of the pipe.

But, this is all irrelevent. I was told by the nice lady in the oil company commercials that pipelines are completely failsafe, and are the safest transportation mode there is for fuel products, so how could this have happened?
 
2013-08-14 08:29:59 AM  

Enigmamf: You mean there really are cities named Pawnee?


There are a lot of injun names in the midwest.

itsaback: The whole point behind fossil fuels like natural gas, natural gas byproducts, oil, and coal is that they can be combusted - burned up for heat.


Target audience is 9?


Mentally?
 
2013-08-14 08:31:28 AM  

jdbob: gouts of smoke

I didn't know smoke could get gout.


Yeah, I came in here to comment on that bizarre turn of phrase, as well... WTF??

Zizzowop: Fark did not let me down. I immediately thought of Real Genius when I saw the headline. Still waiting for Mythbusters to test this one out.


Wait no longer: They already did that one a while ago!
 
2013-08-14 09:47:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: "Illinois" and "level" seems redundant


They are going "full Iowa".
 
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