Update: Natural Gas Pipeline in Marengo County Ruptures; No Injuries Reported
Investigators in Marengo County are on the scene of a ruptured pipeline.
Marengo County EMA Director Kevin McKinney said it happened near Alabama Hwy 69 South close to Myrtlewood.
McKinney said no injuries have been reported at this time.
While it was originally stated that the pipeline exploded, The Williams Companies, Inc., which operates the pipeline, said it actually ruptured.
The Williams Companies, Inc. issued this statement to Alabama News Network:
“At approximately 8:15 a.m. CT on April 12, employees at a Williams natural gas compressor facility located in Marengo County, Alabama witnessed indications of a pipeline rupture and associated natural gas release. To minimize environmental impacts, ensure safety and isolate the equipment, Williams employees initiated emergency shutdown procedures. There were no employee injuries, there is no impact to customer deliveries and the cause of the incident is being investigated. There was no ignition, fire, or explosion associated with this event.”
Crews have closed Alabama Hwy 69 South and Highway 114 while the investigation is ongoing.