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« on: February 07, 2010, 02:44:20 PM »

http://www.courant.com/community/middletown/hc-middletown-explosion-0207,0,2838001.story

Witness To Middletown Explosion: 'There Are Bodies Everywhere'

MIDDLETOWN - Early reports were that a natural gas leak could have caused a devastating explosion Sunday morning that killed two and injured as many as 100 at a power plant being built south of the city on the Connecticut River.

Homeowners more than 10 miles away said the 11 a.m. explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems power plant on River Road created a shock wave so intense they mistakenly thought the central part of the state had experienced an earth quake.

Medical rescue personnel said two were dead at the site and, of 100 so injured, four were in critical condition.
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Hospital officials are planning a press conference at 2:30.
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010, 02:45:27 PM »

http://www.courant.com/news/breaking/hc-middletown-explosion-pictures-0207,0,1977968.photogallery


Pictures: Middletown Plant Explosion
Witnesses and emergency response authorities said as many as 100 people were injured and an undetermined number may have died when a massive explosion, which homeowners more than 10 miles away and mistook for an earth quake, blew up a power plant being built on the Connecticut River in the southern section of Middletown.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010, 07:02:28 PM »

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/gas-blast-at-conn-293323.html
Gas blast at Conn. power plant kills at least 5
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 12:43:08 PM »

We thought we were having an earthquake.
My best friend was helping out she is a nurse.
She said it was terrible.
 They set her up in a tent to help with four other nurses.
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 12:46:58 PM »

Mayor Sebastian Giuliano said that as of about 9 a.m. this morning there were still eight people missing “on paper.” He urged workers who had been on the site to call their local union representatives to let them know they were safe.

He said the bodies of the five victims, whose names he said he had still not received, were to be removed from the site by the medical examiner’s office this afternoon.

The search operation was temporarily halted early this morning, he said. He said that the 15 foot sheets of aluminum making up the walls of the damaged building were “hanging like shreds.” The governor last night issues a no-fly zone over the area to prevent further damage to the building.
 

It's very windy here today.
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2010, 07:08:10 PM »

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local-beat/Sixth-Person-Dies-From-Middletown-Explosion--84800152.html
Sixth Person Dies From Middletown Explosion
February 19. 2010
A sixth person has died from injuries sustained in an explosion at a Middletown power plant.

Kenneth Haskell, 37, of New Durham, New Hampshire died on Friday afternoon at Hartford Hospital.

Haskell was as superintendent for Keystone Construction and Maintenance Services, a company that was working on at the Kleen Energy, where an explosion occurred on Feb. 7.

The investigation continues as to the cause of this tragic incident.
enator Chris Dodd visited the power plant on Thursday and said the investigation will be completed this week or next.  Governor Jodi M. Rell's special panel of investigators has begun its examination of the deadly accident.

Sen. Dodd was amazed at the devastation he saw when he toured the plant. 

"And when you see the power of it and what it did to reinforced steel, you get some sense of the magnitude of it... words don't even adequately describe or give some sense of the power that took a facility like that and just blew out the back side of it," Dodd said.
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2010, 11:03:55 PM »

http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/articles/2010/02/23/workers_sue_conn_plant_over_feb_7_fatal_blast/
Workers sue Conn. plant over fatal blast
Say firms ignored safety procedures
February 23, 2010

NEW HAVEN - Two workers injured in a power plant explosion filed a lawsuit yesterday alleging that proper safety procedures were not followed, and an attorney said that included live electricity running through the site, workers welding, and a gas-fueled torch heater running when the blast happened.

The enormous blast ripped apart the nearly completed Kleen Energy Systems plant Feb. 7 in Middletown as workers for O&G Industries Inc. purged a natural gas line. Six workers were killed and 20 were injured.

“Our investigation to date has revealed evidence of a substantial breakdown in safety procedures at the time in question,’’ said Paul T. Edwards, attorney for the injured workers.

The lawsuit filed in Hartford Superior Court says workers were not warned that the gas being purged could not be contained.

“Not only was that protocol not properly executed, but there was a general sense of confusion among the workers that day as to what was going on,’’ said Joel T. Faxon, another attorney representing the workers. “There was simply no communication from those in charge. This tragedy was 100 percent preventable.’’

The lawsuit, which names O&G, Keystone Construction and Maintenance Services and Kleen Energy Systems, accuses the companies of failing to contain the natural gas being purged and negligently allowing it to escape, ignite, and cause the explosion. The suit, which seeks more than $15,000 in damages, says the purging procedure was not properly supervised.

“Keystone’s sympathies continue to be with our employees and their families as well as the employees of other companies impacted by this terrible tragedy,’’ said Nancy Sterling, a Keystone spokeswoman.

She said the company has not had a chance to review the lawsuit and cannot comment on it but that Keystone is continuing to cooperate with authorities on the investigation. A spokesman for O&G declined to comment on the lawsuit. An e-mail seeking comment also was sent to Kleen.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Timothy Hilliker of Glastonbury and Harold Thoma of Bolton, electricians who suffered head injuries, loss of consciousness, and severe pain, according to the lawsuit.

Hilliker remains hospitalized while Thoma is home, Faxon said. He said Thoma was thrown across a parking lot.

The men suffered post-concussion syndrome, Faxon said. He compared the experience to that of soldiers injured by explosive devices.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blast and whether there was criminal negligence.
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2010, 10:13:42 PM »

http://www.woai.com/news/national/story/Feds-look-at-worker-fatigue-in-Conn-blast/9aADWz21EUOwR3WQi01bBA.cspx
Feds look at worker fatigue in Conn. blast
Saturday, March 6, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal agency investigating a power plant explosion in Connecticut that killed six workers last month says some workers were putting in long hours and they're looking into whether fatigue played a role.

Authorities say the Feb. 7 explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown happened as workers were using natural gas to clean out gas lines.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board lead investigator Donald Homstrom says some workers were working 12-hour shifts, including some of those involved in cleaning the gas lines.

Kleen Energy declined to comment.

Erik Dobratz, whose father Ray Dobratz was killed in the blast, said last month his father had told him he was working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for six months.


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