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August 14th, 2009:

Missing Markings Lead to Ruptured Gas Main, Evacuations

American Energy Coalition - August 14th, 2009

An ongoing flurry of construction activity contributed to an accident in Chico, Calif., where a four-inch natural gas main was punctured, prompting some evacuations, according to a news account. PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said the main had been marked with an underground service alert warning, but it was inadvertently scraped off by contractors doing road work. The gas main was punctured as a crew from Knife River Corp. dug down with a backhoe to remove an abandoned sewer line. Gas spewed from the breach for about three hours before PG&E crews could dig down on either side of the break and cap it off, around 11:15 a.m. 

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