Natural gas leak stopped in northwest Oklahoma City

BY STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 3, 2009 at 8:52 am •  Published: December 3, 2009
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A high-pressure natural gas line developed a leak this morning in northwest Oklahoma City but no one lost service, a company spokesman said.

Emergency crews kept people out of an area near NW 178 and Pennsylvania Avenue from about 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the southwest corner of the intersection.

The leak was near West Field Elementary School, 17601 N Pennsylvania Ave, which is in the Edmond school district. A school spokeswoman said firefighters checked inside the school and reported no dangerous levels of natural gas, and the school opened on time.

Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. crews as well as Oklahoma City firefighters have monitored the situation, fire Deputy Chief Cecil Clay said.

Don Sherry, Oklahoma Natural Gas spokesman, said a pipeline regulator on a gas pipeline malfunctioned, and a valve released natural gas into the air to prevent an explosion.

"That is exactly what it is supposed to do," Sherry said.

After crews shut off the leaking gas, repairs began to the pipeline with no interruption of service to nearby customers, Sherry said.