Widening of an Existing Roadway in Rio Rancho.

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Full Case Study as Reported:

In Rio Rancho, NM, a 16-inch high pressure gas line was punctured as a contractor was working on a project to widen an existing roadway.


Nearby residents were informed of the incident and the roads leading to the area were closed by police.


The concentration of the gas in the surrounding air was determined to be high, forcing the evacuation of residents from 32 nearby homes for a 24-hour period.

Outcomes Reported:

Cause: Unspecified puncture of gas main 


Damage: Not specified 


Injuries: None

Related Keywords:

Natural gas lines, Area evacuated (homes, buildings, etc.)


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