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DCP Midstream Investigates 12-Inch Ruptured Louisiana Pipeline

The rupture of a 12-inch DCP Midstream pipeline Friday night in Jackson County, LA, resulted in no injuries and was under control soon after, according to a report filed with the U.S. National Response Center.

The report said the underground line in Vernon, LA, "ruptured due to corrosion" around 8:30 p.m. CDT and discharged 3.9 MMcf of natural gas into the air and "an unknown amount of condensate" into the ground.

"The minor pipeline incident that occurred on Friday around 8 p.m. central time was on a small segment of pipeline, about 15 feet, DCP Midstream spokesperson Roz Elliott told NGI. "We were able to quickly shut that in and depressurize it. There were no injuries and no fire, but we did evacuate a couple of homes as a precaution. Everyone was returned right away."

Elliott added that there was minimal impact on customers and the cause of the rupture is under investigation. "We expect repairs to be well under way this week with it being back in service in just a few days."

 Denver-based DCP Midstream LLC operates in 18 states, owns or operates 63 plants, 12 fractionating facilities and about 64,000 miles of natural gas liquid, gathering and transmission pipeline. The company is a 50/50 joint venture of Spectra Energy and Phillips 66.  

 

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