Sheriff's Office: Natural gas pipeline 'explosion' forced 150 Falfurrias families from their homes
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:18:46 GMT —
Update: Kinder Morgan released a statement on Tuesday morning:
"Kinder Morgan continues to assess the situation following the natural gas release in Brooks County, Texas, and the company will conduct an investigation into the cause of the release. As of last night, the impacted segment of the TGP pipeline was shut down and isolated from the TGP system. Natural gas service is being diverted to other lines on the system, and TGP is working with its shippers to minimize any reduction in service and anticipates no loss of service to residential customers," according to the statement from company spokeswoman Melissa Ruiz.
"Plans today include excavating the site after making one call notifications to ensure the safety of our investigation team when entering the hole and evaluating the damage. Once that is completed, we will work on plans to repair the line and resume service," according to the statement.
Original Story: The Brooks County Sheriff TMs Office evacuated eastern Falfurrias on Monday night after a natural gas pipeline ruptured.
At about 7:30 p.m., the Sheriff TMs Office responded to the explosion, said Chief Deputy Urbino Benny Martinez.
The explosion injured a husband and wife, Martinez said. They were taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg for treatment.
At approximately 8:31 p.m. Central Time on Aug. 3, 2015, Kinder Morgan received notification of a natural gas release on its Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) system east of Falfurrias, Texas, in Brooks County, according to a statement from the company. The company has isolated the impacted portion of the pipeline and local responders, including the Brooks County Sheriff TMs Department, are on site.
The Texas Department of Transportation temporarily shut down State Highway 285 between Falfurrias and Riviera.
Deputies evacuated about 150 homes, Martinez said. Border Patrol agents assisted the Sheriff TMs Office.
They were allowed to return home at about midnight.