* Tennessee Gas Pipeline ruptures; no fire
* Crew on-site to shut leak, official said
(Confirms size of ruptured line in second graph)
HOUSTON Dec 8 A Tennessee Gas interstate
natural gas pipeline ruptured near East Bernard, Texas, about
50 miles (80 km) west of Houston on Wednesday afternoon,
Robert Newberry, spokesman for El Paso Corp EP.N, which
owns Tennessee Gas Pipeline, said crews were on site to close a
valve to stop gas leaking from the ruptured 24-inch pipeline.
"There was no fire and no injuries," Newberry said.
Tennessee Gas Pipeline is a major transporter of gas from
Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico to Chicago, New York
The ruptured line is one of three at a compressor station,
Andy Kirkland, emergency management coordinator for Wharton
County, said two nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.
"It looks like the pipeline just blew out," Kirkland said.
"It sounds like they have the leak under control."
(Reporting by Erwin Seba, Eileen O'Grady, Kristen Hays and
Bruce Nichols; Editing by Dale Hudson, Steve Orlofsky and