COPPERAS COVE — Don’t be alarmed if you see flames spewing from gas lines in Cove next week. It’s a controlled burn.
Starting at 8 a.m. Monday and continuing through Friday, Atmos Energy’s crews and contractors will oversee flaring at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and Gibson Street.
“We have to send inline instruments through the pipes,” said Chase Murphy, manager of public affairs for Atmos Energy. “They perform a number of functions from cleaning and scrubbing in the inside of the gas lines to scanning the lines for dents and defects.”
Residents can expect flames and noise, but should not be concerned.
According to an Atmos Energy news release, Flaring is a standard industry practice used to safely burn natural gas that must be removed from a specific section of pipeline so that employees can work on the pipe. The release also said people in the area will notice a large, controlled flame and moderate noise during the flaring operation. Murphy explained the flaring method is the safest, most efficient way to complete the task.
“It’s a safe, dependable measure to ensure we deliver clean, safe gas to our customers,” he said. “We don’t anticipate any abnormalities. Nothing from our end to suggest there’s anything wrong.
“We should be completed by the end of the week barring any unforeseen defects.”
The company will be testing the gas pipeline in the area as part of normal, routine maintenance operations, as part of a federally mandated program for gas line integrity.
The Copperas Cove fire and police departments, city officials, Bell and Coryell County sheriff’s departments and 911 operators have been advised of the flaring. Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country’s largest natural gas-only distributors, serving over 3 million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states.
To learn more about flaring, go to Atmos Energy’s YouTube page.