TransCanada: After pipeline rupture, repairs may take several weeks


The company that owns a natural gas pipeline that ruptured in Benton Township Tuesday causing an extensive evacuation says repairs may take several weeks to complete.

TransCanada's pipeline runs from Oklahoma to Big Rapids Michigan. A representative from the company says the line that broke was a large main, 22 inches in diameter.

The company does not know what caused the rupture.

They say they are moving equipment to the site in preparation for the repairs.

The following release was issued by TransCanada Friday morning:

TransCanadalandrepresentativesare continuing to visitwith residentswho live near the site ofTuesday'snatural gas pipeline incidenttoassesswhat impacts they experienced.

Since opening ourCommunity Information Centeron Wednesday, numerous residents have dropped by and visited with TransCanada personnelwhere we have been able toprovide information and address questions communitymembersmight have. OurCommunity Information Center will remain open through1 p.m.Saturday, September 20, at theLake Michigan College's Mendel Center.

We are committed to being available to answer questions; our Community Relations line will remain openuntil further notice. Questions can be directed residentswho have already visited with a TransCanada representative can continue to work with their assigned agent.

Personnel have already started moving equipment to the site in preparation for the repairs to begin. We anticipate that our repairs and restoration may take several weeks to complete. This is normal and our progress at the site will be influenced by weather and other factors.

We appreciate the cooperation and patience of the community throughoutthis event and again want to thankfirst responders, agencies and groups like the American Red Cross who helped out members of the community while we dealt with the our impacted section of natural gas pipeline.

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