US Chevron assessing pipeline blast damage; evacuees return home

19 November 2013 01:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron continues to assess the damage done to a 10in (25cm) liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline that exploded last week near a small town in central Texas, the US-based producer said on Monday.

That pipeline as well as a nearby 14in LPG pipeline “continue to be shut in” during the assessment, said Gareth Johnstone, a spokesperson for Chevron.

Residents of Milford, a town of about 700 people, have been returning to their homes after they were evacuated following the explosion and fire at the 10in pipeline on 14 November.

The explosion occurred after a work crew accidentally drilled into the 10in LPG pipeline. No one was injured in the blast and subsequent fire.

A 1.5-mile (2.4km) evacuation zone was set up as a precaution after the incident.

The pipeline line that exploded is part of the West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership, a 2,295-mile common-carrier pipeline system owned by Chevron and Atlas Pipeline Partners that transports natural gas liquids (NGLs) from New Mexico through Texas to Mont Belvieu for processing.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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