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NEW YORK Aug 28 Energy Transfer Partners
(ETP.N) said Thursday a rupture occurred on a portion of its
36-inch natural gas pipeline in a "remote" area of Texas between
San Antonio and Austin.
A company spokeswoman said there were no injuries, but was
not immediately sure of the volumes of gas flowing at the time
of the incident.
Deputy Chief David Creed of the Luling Police Department
told Reuters just prior to 8 a.m. CDT there were "several 911
calls reporting an explosion."
"Responding units arrived at or near a refinery ... A gas
transmission line had breached and was on fire," Creed said. The
breach happened near Stairtown, Texas, about 10 miles north of
The Austin American Statesman newspaper reported on its
website a refinery pipeline exploded Thursday morning in
Caldwell County, south of Austin.
The report did not say what refinery was supplied by the
The Oasis Pipeline is an intrastate natural gas line that
runs from the Permian Basin in west Texas to natural gas supply
and market areas in southeast Texas.
Energy Transfer's natural gas operations include
approximately 6,500 miles of natural gas gathering and
transportation pipelines with an aggregate throughput capacity
of 3.8 billion cubic feet of gas per day, with natural gas
treating and processing assets located in Texas, Oklahoma, and
Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE.N) owns the general partner
of Energy Transfer Partners.
(Reporting by Eileen Moustakis, additional reporting by Erwin
Seba in Houston and Rebekah Kebede in New York, editing by