Crews sever major propane line in Mammoth

gasline2Around 6pm Tuesday evening, Mammoth Police and Mammoth Fire Department responded to a report of a major gas line gasline1
severed in the area of the Trails subdivision and Meridian blvd. Mammoth Fire Chief Brent Harper confirmed that a Digital 395 crew cut the line, but it’s unclear why this happened.

On Tuesday, authorities searched for the exact location of the gas line cut. Mammoth Police blocked Meridian Blvd. going out of Mammoth for three hours. At first, the smell of propane was strong in the air. Although very stiff winds at the time diminished the odor.

Officials did not order evacuations of homes in the Trails subdivision as they had initially thought they might. Amerigas crews responded and repaired the severed line.

Chief Harper said that the Digital 395 crews called Amerigas for them to mark where the propane lines were so they could avoid them. Harper said Amerigas did mark the ground but a four-inch line was cut anyway.

Harper said the Town, which provides permits to Digital 395, and the Fire Department are working together to determine whether the line had been correctly marked.

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8 Responses to Crews sever major propane line in Mammoth

  1. Wayne Deja June 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Working for the local cable T.V. company,not only do we think this will happen when they start digging and trenching through our town,but we are expecting it to happen….at least it won’t be a major gas leak we’ll be having to deal with.

  2. Teddy June 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    In the real World everyone on the job site would be drug tested after a major screw up like this. And they would test the back hoe operator first!

  3. sugar magnolia June 20, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    I hope they estimate the amount of escaped propane and charge Praxis/Digital 395 for it…other wise all of us will be paying for it! I still can’t believe the government let Turner and Amerigas merge…screwing the people again!

    • blossoms blooming June 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      @ sugar magnolia –

      FYI Praxis/Digital 395 is funded entirely with public money; so you’ll pay for it one way or another. Thanks.

      • sugar magnolia June 24, 2013 at 10:57 am #

        But, they also make a profit from their government grants….at this point, they don’t get to go back for more grant money, any extra cost should be coming out of their profit. The other way, Amerigas charges their customers directly through overhead charging….and that means us in mammoth and maybe bishop too. I’ll take the whole nation funding praxis then a few thousand of us here in the Eastern Sierra paying for it!

        • Benett Kessler June 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

          The Town and Fire Department are still investigating to see if Amerigas marked the line incorrectly or if Praxis made a bad cut.
          Benett Kessler

  4. ferdinand lopez June 20, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    they got real lucky

  5. Teddy June 20, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Anytime anyone is digging around a high pressure natural gas line that belongs to Southern California Gas Company they have a man on site to avoid stupid crap like this.

    They are fortunate nobody was killed


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