Natural Gas purging on East Road Friday

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Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities crews will purge an existing segment of natural gas pipeline that was damaged during the N.M. 502 road construction project Friday.

The purging will occur between 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the south side of East Road/N.M. 502, east of the Canyon Road intersection and in front of Crossroad Bible Church.

According to department officials, the purging is necessary to safely release natural gas out of the line and into the atmosphere so repairs may be conducted safely.

During the purging operation, some people in the area may smell natural gas and hear loud noises usually associated with the controlled release of gas from the pipe.

Vehicle traffic may be interrupted on East Road and N.M. 502 for short periods of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition. The procedure is performed under strict federal regulatory requirements and is safe.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 662-8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

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