LA Pipeline Flare Tower Catches Fire

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 04:07 PM gHale

A flare tower caught fire at a pipeline facility in Plaquemine, LA.

A flare tower caught fire at a pipeline facility in Plaquemine, LA, Sunday morning, producing a sizable blaze but no injuries, officials said.

A flare tower at the Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream plant on La. 1148 caught fire around 9:30 a.m., said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.

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The flare got too big and spread to the tower, but firefighters were able to contain it, Stassi said. Authorities are assessing the damage. 

Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream owns and operates ethylene pipeline and distribution systems throughout south Louisiana, connecting producers and consumers along the Mississippi River corridor, according to the company’s website. 

Ethylene is a flammable hydrocarbon gas used most often in the production of plastic. 

The company said in a statement Sunday “there was a fire on the flare” at the Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream Choctaw facility. There were no injuries or evacuations.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and still under investigation, according to the statement. 



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