Cause of Gas Leak Under Investigation

by Kelly Choate on November 17, 2011 at 7:29 am

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is investigating the cause of a natural gas leak in Morgan County near Glouster.

Spokesperson Gretchen Krueger said the company was notified of the leak by residents around 8:45 AM on Wednesday.  Three homes and a barn on State Route 329 and Hooper Ridge Road were destroyed in a fire, and two additional houses and another building were also damaged.  She said one family received medical treatment for minor injuries.

"We continue to work with all of the affected residents and coordinate with local Red Cross agencies to provide accommodations and any other needs," said Krueger.

Krueger said the company immediately activated its emergency response plan, and by about 2:30 PM, the pipeline was isolated and the flames were put out.  Vice President of Operations Services Jesus Soto said a 27 mile segment of the pipeline is completely isolated, which means there is no pressure on that portion.

"As part of the response, we had emergency valves that were triggered, which shut in the downstream side and manually closed the upstream side, so all of that pressure has been relieved," said Soto.

Soto said he’s unsure of how much gas was released or when the cause of the leak will be determined.  The company met with the U.S. Department of Transportation following the press conference.