Pipeline explosion has LA residents worried for their safety

Experts say there's no reason for concern

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 7:26pm

A devastating pipeline explosion on the west coast has people in Louisiana worried for their safety. The explosion happened just outside of San Bruno, leaving massive destruction in it's wake. Four people are dead and dozens more are injured.

The disaster prompted national experts to wonder whether something like this could happen anywhere. They say gas pipelines installed decades ago are now old and deteriorating. Most were not built to handle large population booms. Pipelines across California are being investigated for problems, but here in Louisiana, energy experts say not to worry.

"The line in California that exploded is a transmission line," says Atmos Energy spokesperson Trey Hill. "It carries large volumes of gas under fairly high pressure. What we serve for our community for the most part are much smaller, lower pressure lines."

The main energy suppliers in Baton Rouge have about 95,000 natural gas customers collectively. They say that's small in comparison to the huge number of people that are supplied the resource across the country.

Experts stress the importance of contacting an energy supplier if you smell any type of gas in your home. If an energy supplier cannot be reached, call 9-1-1.

Entergy: supplies natural gas to about 92,000 customers in the Baton Rouge area. Click here for more information about the company. For emergencies, call 1-800-ENTERGY.

Atmot Energy: supplies approximately 3,000 customers in EBR Parish. Check out their website here. You can reach Atmos at 1-866-322-8667 if you suspect a natural gas leak in your home.

To find out where the gas lines in your yard are located, take a look at http://www.laonecall.com/ Use this resource anytime you plan to dig in your yard. You can also try calling 8-1-1


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