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Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) is investigating the cause of a natural gas release from the Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline that occurred early Sunday near Goodrich in Polk County, northeast of Houston.

There were no injuries or fire resulting from the incident, and the company isolated the pipeline segment while local emergency responders secured the area. The local fire department also assisted in temporarily evacuating the area as a precautionary measure.

The appropriate regulatory agencies have been notified, according to KMI spokesperson Melissa Ruiz. The company is working to determine how much natural gas was released, and is working with customers on any potential impacts.

Sunday’s incident occurred as KMI is working to complete the contentious Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP), which would move West Texas gas to the Agua Dulce hub on the Texas coast. The 2 Bcf/d pipeline has faced intense criticism from environmentalists and property owners in the Texas Hill Country, but is expected to begin operations early next year despite their best efforts to stop construction.Last month, KMI temporarily halted work on the pipeline after contractors discovered a suspicious package at a work site in Blanco. PHP would be KMI’s second conduit out of the West Texas play. It brought online Gulf Coast Express in September 2019.