They keep breaking gas lines -- as construction of buildings and in streets continues in Southeast

DAVID F. ASHTON - A gas company worker uses a sniffer to determine the travel path of escaping natural gas. The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Powell Sewer Repair project hit another snag at 2:51 p.m. on September 13. Actually, it was more than a snag. It was a natural gas line. Contractors digging in the intersection of S.E. 62nd Avenue and Boise Street ruptured a half-inch natural gas pipe. It was buried deep under the pavement; gas could be heard whistling from a block away, as it vented into the air.

Due to the depth and nature of the rupture, NW Natural called in crews with special equipment to examine the break, while rigs from Woodstock Fire Station 25 stood by in case the flammable fuel ignited.

Within two hours, gas company workers stopped the flow, and work continued on the project. It was one of a number of recent gas line breaks in Southeast, and throughout the city, due to both private and public construction projects.

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