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El Paso Tennessee Gas Line in Ohio Explodes, Official Says

November 16, 2011

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- A segment of El Paso Corp.’s Tennessee Gas natural gas pipeline ruptured and exploded in southeastern Ohio, said Ron Lucas, public information officer for Athens County.

The resulting fire “sent out pretty high flames,” said Lucas, reached by telephone. Tennessee Gas emergency responders closed several valves on the line to cut the gas flow and are controlling the fire, which hasn’t been extinguished, he said.

The fire occurred in Morgan County, near the Athens County line, and flames reached a nearby house, where no one was home, he said. One person was transported to an Athens hospital with respiratory problems, according to Lucas.

El Paso has received reports of a natural gas release on its line and sent personnel to investigate, said Richard Wheatley, a spokesman for the company in Houston.

“We’re in the process of determining whether it’s our pipeline involved,” Wheatley said in an interview.

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Buurma in New York at cbuurma1@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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