Gas Leak Stopped; Evac Ends

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 04:09 PM gHale


Operators of a natural gas pipeline in Benton Township, MI, stopped a leak, clearing the way for evacuated residents to return home, officials said.

Police in Berrien County’s Benton Township said the TransCanada Corp. natural gas line began leaking about 2 a.m. Tuesday, leading to the evacuations. There were no injuries in the incident.

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Police Chief Vincent Fetke said the company reported gas was no longer leaking Tuesday afternoon and residents can go home. The site is about 70 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company says the affected section of the line automatically shut down after the leak.

Company spokesman Terry Cunha said TransCanada crews are investigating the cause of the leak so they can plug it and reopen the pipeline.



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