Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Third-party damage blamed for gas pipeline rupture in Wisconsin

ARKANSAW, Wis. - A May 6 rupture in a Northern Natural Gas pipeline here has been blamed on third-party damage.
First responders evacuated homes within a one-half mile radius, affecting approximately 25 residences. Responders also blocked roads near the accident. There was no fire or explosion and there are no known injuries.
Northern dispatched trained crews to the scene who implemented a plan to safely make repairs on the line. Until repairs were completed, Northern asked local gas distribution companies to conserve as much gas as possible
Repair crews finished their work on May 7. Mike Loeffler of Northern Natural Gas said everyone who was evacuated in the area was back at home by 4:30 a.m. May 7.
The Pepin County Sheriff said a farm employee was dragging a scraper behind a tractor when he hit the pipeline.

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