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Explosion Shuts Segment of Kinder's Tejas Pipeline in South Texas

At about 12:30 a.m. CST Wednesday, Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) discovered a natural gas release and fire on its Tejas pipeline system in a rural area of Refugio County, TX. The affected pipeline segment was shut down, and company personnel were dispatched to the site, KMI said.

The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries.

Customer impacts were being assessed; regulatory agencies were notified, and an investigation into the cause of the incident is being conducted, the company said. A spokeswoman said Wednesday morning that information about customer impacts may be available later Wednesday.

KMI's Tejas Pipeline is a full-service system with about 3,400 miles of pipeline. It includes a major intrastate pipeline system located primarily along the Texas Gulf Coast that transports, purchases and sells natural gas in the Texas intrastate market. Tejas also offers firm and interruptible sale, purchase, transportation and storage services.

Last year Tejas Pipeline was affected by an incident occurring at the Energy Transfer Partners King Ranch gas processing plant in Kleberg County, TX.

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