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El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline Ruptures in Louisiana

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- A 30-inch El Paso Corp. natural gas pipeline ruptured in Louisiana’s Natchitoches Parish, according to a company spokesman.

“There were no customers affected because we did have other pipelines in the area,” said Richard Wheatley.

Houston-based El Paso operates four lines, of 24-, 26- and 30-inches, along the same path, with a combined capacity of about 1 billion cubic feet a day, according to Wheatley.

There were no injuries as a result of yesterday’s rupture, he said. The lines transport gas from the southern Texas coast into Louisiana, Mississippi and the Midwest, according to the spokesman.

At least 150 homes within a mile of the leak were evacuated, according to a statement from the Natchitoches sheriff. The line was identified in the sheriff’s statement as a 24-inch natural gas line.

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