El Paso Corp.’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC (TGP) declared a force majeure following a rupture of a line near Batesville, MS, Monday evening.

“About 8:30 last night one of the station operators at our Station 63 noticed a pressure change in the line near Batesville, MS. We immediately activated our emergency response plan, isolated the lines and began our regulatory notifications,” said El Paso spokeswoman Gretchen Krueger told NGI.

She said about 20 homes were evacuated and some residents have since been able to return home. There were no injuries and the associated fire was extinguished. Krueger said the company did not know how much natural gas had been released from the line, which has been shut in.

The force majeure affects the line from MLV (Main Line Valve) 63-1 to MLV 64-1, Tennessee said in a customer notice. “Tennessee has confirmed a rupture in line 1 between MLV 63-1 to MLV 64-1 near Batesville, MS,” it said. “This area of the pipeline has been isolated and secured to prepare for the investigation process. At this time Tennessee does not expect any restrictions of service due to this force majeure.”

Last week a segment of Tennessee ruptured in southeastern Ohio; preliminary findings suggest that the rupture was caused by a weld failure (see Daily GPI, Nov. 21).

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