More than 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas pipeline capacity has been ordered closed by the federal government in the wake of a May 4 fire in Fleming County, Kentucky, multiple media sources report.
With 8,835 miles of pipeline, Texas Eastern Transmission connects Texas and the Gulf Coast with high demand markets in the northeastern United States, supplying fuel for electric generation facilities. It can transport 13.06 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day and offers nearly 74 Bcf of gas storage.
No injuries were reported in the massive fire that scorched a remote wooded area.
The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered Toronto-based pipeline owner Enbridge to shut three 30-line lines in Kentucky that make up the TET system.
Only one of the three lines were involved in the May explosion. However, in January an explosion involving the TET system in Ohio injured two people.
Enbridge also reported an explosion in October that damaged its Westcoast system in British Columbia.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has taken charge of the accident site in Kentucky and is conducting a further investigation. No timetable was set for when the TET lines will return to service.