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Major work planned on leaky Wyoming gas pipeline

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A pipeline company plans to replace sections of a Wyoming natural gas pipeline that has had two leaks since August.

The 16-inch-wide pipeline sprung a major leak 14 miles north of Douglas on Sept. 6. Authorities closed Wyoming Highway 59 for more than two hours while workers shut off the flow.

The leaking gas didn’t ignite. DCP Midstream spokeswoman Rosslyn Elliott says the pipeline was carrying 40 million cubic feet of gas a day to a gas-processing plant near Douglas.

Elliott says an inspection in late August revealed a pinhole leak in the same pipeline but about 40 miles north of the leak in September.

She says the company is still investigating the leaks and has been planning to replace sections along a 60-mile stretch of the pipeline.

 

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