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More information is now known about a gas line explosion in Adair County and the incident has re-energized apprehensions about a proposed Clarskville natural gas line that would cut through Todd County.
Adair County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas said the explosion of a Columbia Gulf transmission line happened around 1 a.m. near the community of Knifley. Two people were injured, two homes were destroyed, a third was damaged and several vehicles and two barns burned.
The two victims were treated and released from a local hospital.
The explosion left a crater in the ground approximately 60 feet around and the fire could be seen from several miles away.
In Todd County, Clarksville Gas and Water has been trying to use eminent domain to run a line from just north of Elkton to Montgomery County to back up its current system and to have the ability to buy natural gas on a competitive basis and reduce their costs.
The 12-inch line would run through part of Fiscal Court Magistrate Brent Spurlin's District 4 and he says, while it's smaller than the 30-inch line in Adair County, it would still pose some of the same dangers.
Squire Spurlin has been opposed to the Clarskville pipeline as it's been presented and says the same thing could happen there as happened to our east if the line is placed too close to homes other structures.
Todd County officials have also opposed the project because Clarskville will not allow a local provider to tap into the line and sell gas to homeowners, industries and farmers.
Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield and County Attorney Mac Johns recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission about the project. Judge Greenfield says it was an informal meeting set up by Congressman Ed Whitfield, but they were able to express their concerns about the project's impacts on Todd County.
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