The explosion at a nearly-completed power plant under construction in Connecticut illustrates the direct dangers inherent in harnessing fuels like natural gas. The accident occurred during the “purging” of the gas lines that were to provide the fuel for the plant – an activity of concern to some observers who believe it to be an unsafe practice, and even has elicited investigation by the government regulators who oversee such plants.
The workers who lost their lives, or were injured, in the explosion, and their families, should be in the thoughts and prayers of all.
We should never forget that the power that we use to operate our homes, offices and wireless devices does not come free – and sometimes we pay that price with something more precious than mere money. The implications and impacts of our flipping a switch and plugging in appliance are rarely visible but they are very real.