'Equipment Malfunction' causes explosion at MI compressor station

It just keeps getting better. This compressor station is "out in a field."

But that is not the worst of it. In weather that is colder than Antarctica, people in Michigan are being threatened with no heat due to an explosion at this compressor station. A major storage tank is beneath this compressor and cannot be accessed due to the explosion.

We hold the affected people of Michigan in our thoughts. And ask the powers that be if they understand "circular" problems: methane gas emissions cause climate change, climate change caused the polar vortex, the polar vortex is causing the use of more methane, which is causing climate change....."

You can read more about this story at The Voice.

Excerpt (from The Voice): “An equipment malfunction at a Consumers Energy natural gas station on the morning of Jan. 30 in northern Macomb County caused an explosion and dramatic fire, officials said. ...

"All gas flow from the compressor station has been shut it until safety and damage assessments can be completed. Consumers Energy is activating natural gas peaking storage fields in Northville and St. Clair to help deliver natural gas to our customers. Natural gas is stored underground and reserved in these fields, which are activated when energy demand requires it," Carey said in the statement.

Reynolds said there was some type of operational malfunction in the compressor station's piping that resulted in a fire. The utility's incident management team and firefighters responded.

"The gas industry is very safety conscious and they have a lot of built-in redundancies at the station," the chief said. "Once everyone got out there, it was determined the situation was beyond your average firefighter — it's something for industrial engineers to handle." ...

"Shortly after that, we felt and heard an explosion," Maureen Jordan said on Facebook. "It shook the entire house. We've lived here almost 30 years and have never experienced anything like that. This is frightening."'