Gas Leak Causes South Lubbock County Residents To Lose Service - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/06

Gas Leak Causes South Lubbock County Residents To Lose Service

Atmos Energy workers say they are close to restoring natural gas service to dozens of homes in south Lubbock County.  This comes after a large gas leak at a field near F.M. 179 and Woodrow Road.  That's just south of Wolfforth.  

Only 34 to 35 households lost gas service because of this leak.  Those homes are in a subdivision along Woodrow Road.  Crews had the leak under control around 2 p.m., but Wednesday morning around 10:30 a.m. emergency responders arrived on scene to see natural gas spewing into the air.  There are homes around the area, but fire crews say they only asked residents in one home to evacuate.  Officials say the gas did not pose a large health threat because the wind helped disperse the gas into the air.

The gas line is owned by Conoco-Phillips, and Atmos Energy owns the meter.  The line serves more than 600 customers; it runs to Lubbock Power and Light's Holly Station in east Lubbock.  Dan Alderson, Director of Public Affairs for Atmos tells NewsChannel 11 the gas line serves the Holly Station, and that station serves LP&L and X-cel Energy customers.  Those customers were not affected.

Alderson says a broken meter caused the leak.  "Actually, what we've got here is a master meter, or a large meter to the public, that's been hit, probably, most likely by some farm equipment or something," said Alderson.  Alderson says that service to those homes affected should be back to usual by 7 p.m.  Other customers should not have noticed any change to their service.

Police and fire crews had parts of F.M. 179 closed to traffic Wednesday, but the road is back open.  Earlier fire crews told NewsChannel 11 that 1,500 homes could possibly be affected by this leak.  Alderson says that they were able to keep pressure in the broken line, and that crews at the Holly Plant were able to take gas from other sources to make up for any loss.

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