A Thursday night explosion forced evacuations on the west bank of St. Charles Parish in Louisiana killed one worker and seriously injured another.
Six workers were cleaning the 20-inch high-pressure pipeline near the Williams Discovery natural gas plant in Paradis, west-southwest of New Orleans, when the fire erupted. Two were injured, including a contract worker who remains hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery, officials said. "We're not sure if a valve or a gasket failed," St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said, describing the fire as a "large blowtorch" rising 30 to 40 feet high. "It's a scary fire, but it's burning off."
The pipeline, which runs between Venice and Paradis, Louisiana, carries y-grade, or raw, natural gas liquids, Phillips 66 statement said. It is a highly volatile liquid used to make butane and propane, said Todd Denton, general manager of midstream operations for Phillips 66.
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