Energy Transfer Reports Pipeline Leak from Last Month in Louisiana

(Reuters) — Energy pipeline operator Energy Transfer LP has disclosed a pipeline rupture in Louisiana last month that released 8.2 million cubic feet of natural gas, according to a report filed with the U.S. National Response Center.

The July 22 leak, the equivalent of enough gas to supply 40,000 U.S. homes for a day, originated from a gathering system near Ringgold, Louisiana, the report said. The line has been shut until further notice.

The cause of the rupture is under investigation, and a sample section of the pipeline has been sent to a lab for examination, said Louisiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Patrick Courreges.

Natural gas is mostly methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

The company has 30 days to provide Louisiana with a report on the cause of the leak, after which the department will conduct its own review.

Last month, a burst natural gas pipeline, owned and operated by the company, caused a roughly two-hour blaze in a rural area outside of Houston. 

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