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LAFD: New Mexico Gas Inline Inspections Begin Today

on April 1, 2019 - 9:33am

LAFD News:

New Mexico Gas is conductung its DOT required In-line Inspection on the Los Alamos DOE 12” Transmission Pipeline.

This project consists of running a tool, normally called a pig, inside the pipeline to assess the integrity of the pipe itself. The project starts at Los Alamos West, near the Quemazon community, down to Los Alamos East, which is right off N.M. 502 and Camino Entrada.

At some point during this project, blowing down small amounts of gas at Los Alamos West is required to put the tool inside the line and gas venting will be necessary at the Los Alamos East station for a short time to make sure the tool gets to its final destination.

New Mexico Gas is taking the necessary precautions to make sure the safety of the public and the working personnel are not at risk. Natural gas is lighter than air, so it naturally goes up and will not settle down on the ground. The vent pipe is on the south side of the station, closer to the canyon side, and far enough from the traffic passing by on N.M. 502. There may be an occasional “smell of gas” around the Quemazon area.

The project starts today, April 1, with the possibility of ending April 12 or sooner.