Ruptured pipeline secured in Pasadena area

September 21, 2011 9:39:45 AM PDT
In Pasadena, repair crews are still on the scene of a natural gas pipeline leak near two plants. The leak was detected early Wednesday morning in the area of North Preston near Highway 225.

During the morning commute, closed streets posed difficulty for employees arriving at Chevron Phillips and Albemarle. But by 11am, police and firefighters had left the scene, although repairs were still ongoing.

Just after daybreak, the Pasadena Fire Department and Harris County HazMat teams secured the area surrounding a leak at an Enterprise natural gas pipeline.

The call about the leak came in early this morning, so as a precaution, nearby streets and a rail line were closed. Fire department official say the closures were done only as a precaution, and there was no threat to the public.

The leak occurred in an area that was not directly on the line, but in a location used to clean and do maintenance on the natural gas pipeline.

"There is no leak currently," said Pasadena Fire Department Chief Lanny Armstrong. "There is still gas in the pipeline, but it's been blocked in. There is a section of the pipe that doesn't have any gas in it and that's where they'll do the maintenance."

There was no impact to Highway 225, and the other road closures have now been reopened.

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