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Explosions from unregulated pipelines can kill in Texas while energy companies go unpunished

People can die when small rural pipelines called "gathering lines" explode. But after decades of talk among industry representatives and regulators, the death of a little girl in Texas serves as a reminder that there are still no rules.

A firefighter tamps out flames shortly after an explosion destroyed the Tercero family's home outside Midland.
Delaney Tercero (right) was killed in a pipeline explosion. Her sister, Delayza, was seriously injured.
Remains of the Tercero family home outside Midland.

Authority, but no money

PHMSA and industry failure

Bothered, but not surprised

A clothes dryer in the wreckage of the Tercero family home outside Midland.

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