New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) has informed the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities that it will purge a natural gas line 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting, on East Jemez Road near Los Alamos County’s Eco Station.
NMGC is purging the line on East Jemez Road so crews can perform maintenance work at its natural gas border station on East Road across from Camino Entrada in Los Alamos.
“Purging” is the act of releasing natural gas from an existing section of pipeline so that work can be done safely under Federal Regulatory requirements.
As part of the purging, Royal Crest neighbors and some Los Alamos National Laboratory employees may smell natural gas and hear a loud noise associated with the controlled release of gas through the pipe.
Vehicle traffic may be interrupted on East Jemez Road for a short period of time while the purging is taking place in order to eliminate any potential ignition sources. The procedure is safe and NMGC will be on site to monitor the situation.
Direct questions NMGC at 888.664.2726.