"Relights" being completed for SourceGas customers

SourceGas said Friday they expected relight operations to be complete during the evening for 64 customers near Henry that had service interrupted Thursday evening due to an incident on a pipeline owned and operated by Tallgrass Energy.

Jason Pickett, Sr. Asset Director for SourceGas, LLC, indicated the company's opersonnel began restoring service after Tallgrass had completed temporary repairs and put their pipeline back into service. Pickett said the employees went door to door with a goal of completing relights early Friday evening. Customers who were
not be home were given instructions for contacting SourceGas and scheduling their relight.

Permanent repairs to Tallgrass Energy's pipeline may be completed as early as the next two weeks, and SourceGas says it will continue to communicate directly with any customers who may be impacted by those repairs.

A spokesman for Tallgrass Energy says pipeline separations occurred not only Thursday evening but also during a similar incident near Bushnell in Kimball County last month. The latest incident resulted in the evacuation of homes in the area near the Nebraska/Wyoming border and the closure of Highway 26 for an hour.

Tallgrass Regional Operations Director Kevin Philbrick told KNEB News the situations incidents involved different pipe and pipeline systems, so evaluations of the metal are being conducted to determine the root cause. There were no injuries and no fire in either situation, but a lot of gas was released in each instance and people did report an explosive type sound in each case.

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