Severed line leaves town without gas

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Dec 7, 2004
Elk City, Oklahoma
Severed line leaves town without gas

Posted: Aug 7, 2008 10:32 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 8, 2008 10:17 AM CDT

Associated Press

ELK CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma Natural Gas said a high-pressure pipeline that is the sole source of natural gas to Elk City was severed Thursday.
ONG spokesman Don Sherry said two people doing fiber-optics work were hurt, but he didn't know the extent of their injuries. Sherry said they were treated at an area hospital and released.

Sherry said the line that was severed is six inches in diameter. He said there are about 5,700 meters or customers in the west-central Oklahoma town of more than 10,000 residents.

Sherry said crews will work throughout the night and officials are bringing in additional employees from around the state to make repairs. They expect service to be restored tomorrow.

He said crews will have to go to each residence where there is a gas meter and physically shut them off. After repairs to the pipe are made, employees will have to go back to those residences, test the pressure and then turn the meters back on.
Sherry said ONG has had outages before, but he couldn't recall an incident in recent history in which this many people had been affected.

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