Flame, loud noise expected in pipeline test

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – CenterPoint Energy will be performing planned pipeline inspection work Wednesday and Thursday on a natural gas pipeline located near Highway 10 in Little Rock. Although the public is at no risk, there will be a visible flame and those traveling in the immediate vicinity may hear a loud roaring noise throughout the test.

“We are making every effort to reduce any inconvenience to area residents and businesses; we don’t expect natural gas service to be interrupted to any homes or businesses and we do not anticipate any traffic disruptions” said Keith Cragg, area manager for CenterPoint Energy. “We do, however, want the public to be aware that because we will need to flare natural gas for several hours throughout the duration of the test, the public near the test location may hear a loud roaring noise similar to that of a jet engine, or see a flame and we don’t want the public to be alarmed.”

The inspection work ensures compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Integrity Program and the Office of Pipeline Safety to ensure continued safe and reliable natural gas service.

The inspection will use an internal inspection tool that records data on the condition of the pipeline, such as wall thickness, as it moves through the pipeline. After inspection, the data is analyzed and any necessary repairs are made.

The work will be performed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and during this time, the public in the immediate vicinity may hear a loud roaring sound or see a flame resulting from the flaring of the natural gas.

CenterPoint Energy will have emergency responders on site throughout the test including firefighters who approved the inspection work in the unlikely event of a problem.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our top priority,” added Cragg. “We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of local first responders as we carry out this important pipeline safety work.”

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