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Gas Line Now Five Feet Deep

Posted 1/18/2018

By Jared JanzenLAST November, crews from Southern Star completed work to replace 2,700 feet of pipeline through this field northeast of Bentley to a new depth of five feet. The previous pipe was 18 inches deep.LAST November, crews from Southern Star completed work to replace 2,700 feet of pipeline through this field northeast of Bentley to a new depth of five feet. The previous pipe was 18 inches deep.

HALSTEAD—It’s been just over a year since Bentley’s main gas line was ruptured by a farmer discing his field on Jan. 10, 2017, leaving residents without gas service for about a day as crews worked to repair the damage.

As a response to this incident and to prevent future ruptures, last fall Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc. replaced 2,700 feet of pipeline deeper into the ground northeast of Bentley underneath the field where the incident occurred. The new pipe is five feet below the surface, compared to the previous pipeline’s depth of 18 inches.

The project lasted two months without any customer interruptions, and the new pipeline has been in service since Nov. 15.

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