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El Paso Says Tennessee Gas Pipeline Had Explosion, Release

November 23, 2011

(Updates with spokesman’s comments in third paragraph.)

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- El Paso Corp. “isolated” part of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Panola County, Mississippi, after a release of fuel and fire yesterday.

Personnel were responding to the leak near the town of Batesville, Richard Wheatley, a Houston-based spokesman, said in a telephone message today. The company was first aware of the incident after a compressor-station operator observed a pressure change on the system at 8:30 p.m., he said. There were no known effects on customers, he said

“We do not have a cause and we cannot speculate on the cause of the incident,” said Wheatley. “An investigation will be getting under way this week.”

Twenty homes near the incident were evacuated, and there were no injuries, he said.

The Tennessee system consists of about 14,000 miles of pipeline stretching from the Mexican border to Canada, El Paso said on its website. It is supplied with gas from the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Appalachia, and Canada and serves markets across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions, including metropolitan areas such as Chicago, New York and Boston.

--Editors: Mike Anderson, Alexander Kwiatkowski.

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