Virtual Pipeline Truck Crashes, Driver Killed, Methane Gas Leaked
In rural areas, getting natural gas often requires that trucks carrying the gas ship it there. This is because in some rural areas, there are no natural gas pipelines to carry the gas to their location. The trucks that carry the gas are often called “virtual pipeline” trucks. They contain specially designed cylinders that carry compressed natural gas. Many of these trucks have been involved in recent crashes that have ruptured the cylinders, causing the gases to leak. A whistleblower is saying that the cylinders are made from materials that are not authorized for holding compressed natural gas, such as carbon fiber.
The DeSmog Blog reports that a virtual pipeline truck carrying fracked gas crashed in New York, prompting an evacuation.
The crash happened on Monday at about 1:00 a.m. A truck that had been carrying compressed natural gas mined from the Marcellus Shale turned over on Interstate 88 near Binghamton, New York.
52-year-old driver Jeffery Lind had swerved to avoid deer, causing his vehicle to flip over. He was ejected from the cab and suffered from fatal injuries.
The container system began leaking compressed methane gas. Methane gas is a potent greenhouse gas, and Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Broome County, where the accident occurred.
Families in 80 nearby homes were evacuated following the crash. The crash also caused two separate school districts to close schools for the day. Numerous agencies deployed agents to the scene, including personnel from the New York State Division of Homeland Security.