November 14, 2008 / 5:38 PM / 11 years ago

Enogex Oklahoma natgas pipe explodes, injures one

NEW YORK, Nov 14 (Reuters) - A natural gas pipeline was shut early Friday after an explosion in Grady County, Oklahoma, that injured one person and destroyed three homes, a spokesman for the pipeline’s operator said.

“We had an indication of a pipeline losing pressure at about 3 a.m. local time (0900 GMT) and shortly thereafter, we came to know of a pipeline rupture and a fire. We immediately closed the valves on either side of the area where the rupture occurred,” said Gil Broyles of OGE Energy Corp (OGE.N) and gas pipeline company Enogex.

The line is a 20-inch (51 cm) natural gas gathering line that brings gas from producing areas nearby to a natural gas processing plant in the area.

Broyles said the line, which carries about 18 million cubic feet of gas, was running near operational levels.

“It is not a critical service line for us, it is a processing line,” Broyles said.

The company was rerouting the gas and did not expect any effect to customer deliveries.

Oklahoma-based OGE Energy Corp is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co and midstream natural gas pipeline company Enogex LLC. (Reporting by Eileen Moustakis in New York and Eileen O’Grady in Houston; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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