Contractor ruptures gas line near College Station H-E-B

Eagle staff report

A contractor hit and ruptured a four-inch natural gas line while digging to set an electric utility pole behind the H-E-B grocery in College Station on Tuesday morning.

After hitting the gas line, Texas Utilities workers abandoned their digging auger and called Oncor’s repair team to come fix the break, College Station Fire Department spokesman Bart Humphreys said.

Oncor had the ruptured line patched by 12:30 p.m. Service was not interrupted.

Traffic was closed on Holleman Drive between the east entrance to H-E-B and Anderson Drive for two hours while the crew worked to repair the break.

Natural gas is potentially dangerous, Humphreys said.

“You’re letting a flammable gas out into the atmosphere,” he said. “And if it reaches an ignition source, then we’re going to have a fire.”

But the combination of a strong breeze and the auger sitting over the break helped to minimize any risks, Humphreys said.

To avoid dangerous situations, contractors are required to check where existing utility lines are before digging. Texas Utilities did check, but the location of the gas line was misidentified, Humphreys said.


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