Workers are now fixing a natural gas production pipeline after it ruptured in Copano Bay, Texas, Tuesday.
Nobody suffered an injury and the area affected — Holiday Beach and the Lamar area through Rockport – is still getting a supply of gas, said Mike Donoho, public works director for the city or Rockport.
Workers shut down the pipeline, owned by Southern Cross, to let the leak burn out, Donoho said. They then looped the pipeline around Copano Bay and connected to another pipeline to keep service, he said.
Large flames were spewing from the pipeline in the water.
Southcross Energy Partners, the company that owns the pipeline, released a statement:
“Southcross Energy Partners confirms a rupture of one of its natural gas pipelines in Copano Bay near Lamar, Texas. The rupture was detected in a Southcross Control Center and an immediate response was initiated. There were no injuries reported and the fire has been extinguished. Notifications have been made to the appropriate regulatory and emergency response agencies, and Southcross will continue to cooperate with them as needed. This pipeline supplies natural gas to several communities in the area. In order to continue uninterrupted service, gas was allowed to continue to flow until an alternate gas service was implemented at 4 p.m. today. The cause of the pipeline rupture is undetermined. Southcross will investigate the cause, take remediation measures and repair the line as soon as possible.”
The Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office will investigate claims a boat was in the area this morning right before the rupture. Officials said a boat anchor could have snagged the pipeline.