Texas investigating gas pipeline rupture near Baytown

The Texas Railroad Commission is investigating the rupture on a El Paso Energy Corp.-Enron Corp. intrastate pipeline Dec. 4, said a spokesman for Houston-based El Paso Energy Wednesday. Repairs to the line, commonly known as the Channel Industries intrastate pipeline, were expected to be completed this week.


The Texas Railroad Commission is investigating the rupture of a El Paso Energy Corp.-Enron Corp. intrastate pipeline Dec. 4, said a spokesman for Houston-based El Paso Energy Wednesday.

Repairs to the line, commonly known as the Channel Industries intrastate pipeline, were expected to be completed this week.

The 300-mile, 30-in. pipeline, which runs from South Texas to the Houston Ship Channel, ruptured Monday night near Baytown in Chambers County, Tex.

Residents of a nearby neighborhood were evacuated after the gas leak was discovered. One resident was injured during the evacuation. Two properties in a nearby neighborhood were damaged, but details of the damage weren't known, the spokesman said.

He said customers affected by the service disruption are receiving supplies from other pipelines or alternative fuel sources.

El Paso Energy and Enron subsidiary Houston Pipeline Co. are 50:50 owners of the pipeline, which El Paso Field Services operates.

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