A preliminary report filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reveals that thousands of pounds of potentially dangerous gases were released into the air during a pipeline accident that left two people injured near the South Texas town of Falfurrias.
While the cause of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline rupture remains under investigation, investigators confirmed it happened the night of Aug. 3 in a rural area off State Highway 285 just east of town.
According to the preliminary report, the company’s engineers closed valves upstream and downstream from the rupture but estimate that 7,476 pounds of volatile organic compounds were released into the air in less than two hours.
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The Brooks County Sheriff’s Office reported that 150 homes were evacuated and that a man and his wife were hospitalized with minor injuries.