September 8 - September 11, 2020

Last month, a gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore killed two people and seriously injured at least seven others. While the cause is still unknown, reports have been documenting the city’s aging gas infrastructure, which was installed in the 1960s. Do you think that's the culprit?

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Yes 72%
No 20%
Other (please explain in the comments section) 8%

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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Explosions; Health & Safety; Latin America; North America

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (9/8/2020, 11:20 AM)

Some infrastructure has gone decades and operated fine, others have failed in months...a lot goes into a failure, with maintenance (or lack thereof) and incidental contacts typically being contributing factors. I won't say the age of the system isn't a contributing factor, but in being realistic, I can't say it is "the" culprit without additional information.

Comment from Thomas Van Hooser, (9/9/2020, 12:11 PM)

Age of equipment should dictate increased inspection and maintenance frequency.

Comment from Gary Siler, (9/10/2020, 8:37 AM)

Instead of inviting conjecture and adding to nebulous speculation like the unintelligent MSM, let's wait for the forensic investigation and resulting report to be completed and issued. We must not set ourselves in the position of a jury with a predetermined outcome, instead of keeping our mouths closed and eyes and ears open to judge facts. Responsible, rational professionals will not succumb to the tactics seen in today's society of wild speculation and theories without basis, just to appear wise when you could look foolish or tarnish your and the industry's reputation.

Comment from Bryant Chandler, (9/14/2020, 12:28 PM)

I agree with Gary, Thomas and Michael. Based on the information presented we know nothing about Baltimore's maintenace and inspection of the system. Were there other cathodically competing buried systems? The summary of PGE's San Bruno gas pipeline explosion was lack of maintenance among other things. .

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