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February 1st, 2012:

Officials Fiddle While Ancient Gas Lines Explode

American Energy Coalition - February 1st, 2012

A retired Pennsylvania State Police Officer recounts a December 8th 1968 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled the Paris Inn in Middletown Township that took two lives. In a recent story featured on, Officer James F. Kesler retells the 43 year old story as he takes to task the Natural Gas Industry for not maintaining its aging infrastructure.

Cast iron gas piping that was blamed for that incident has also been blamed for numberous other explosions in recent years. Kesler sited a number of examples of poor pipeline safety maintenance issues, including:

  • September 9, 2010, San Bruno, California: 8 deaths, 52 injuries and 50 homes destroyed
  • December 29, 2010, Wayne, Michigan: 2 deaths and 3 injuries
  • January 18, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 1 death and 3 injuries
  • January 24, 2011, Fairport Harbor, Ohio: 20 homes destroyed
  • January 26, 2011, Horsehead, N.Y.: 1 death, 2 injured and 1 home destroyed
  • February 9, 2011, Allentown, Pennsylvania: 5 deaths, 8 homes destroyed and 47 homes damaged.

Kesler, in retelling the story of the people, and tavern, that he knew that were lost 43 years ago, comments on an industry that doesn't seem to care about the human toll resulting from a neglected gas pipeline infrastructure.

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