Gas Leak Shuts CT Power Company

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 06:03 PM gHale


A major gas leak at the Milford Power Company in Milford, CT, had the Milford Fire Department out working on the problem for several hours last Friday.

The Milford Fire Department responded to a call about a gas leak at 7:58 a.m. The leak was from a Southern Connecticut Gas Company high pressure gas pipe that supplies the power plant.

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The Milford Power Company had shut down its operations as a precaution and the gas line also ended up shut down, said Fire Department Spokesman Greg Carman.

“Personnel from both the Power Company and Southern Connecticut Gas are working together to pinpoint the exact location of the leak,” Carman said.

The Milford Fire Department had set up for firefighting operations if needed and had crews monitor the areas around the nearby homes and business for dangerous levels of gas.

All areas checked were safe, the workers stopped the gas leak, and fire department personnel departed the scene by 9:37 a.m.

Gas lines, whether they are pipelines carrying gas to other locations across the country, or ones that go into businesses or homes, have come under scrutiny of late because of some high profile incidents.

The TransCanada Pipelines valve site near St. Pierre-Jolys, Canada, caught fire and continued to burn unabated for about 12 hours, officials said. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the blast, however, there is no evidence of foul play.

The well-known pipeline blast came in a September 2010 explosion of a PG&E transmission pipeline in San Bruno, CA, that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. PG&E is facing as much as $2.5 billion in fines.



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