Homes in Avon evacuated because of Ruby Pipeline venting operation

On Wednesday, July 20th, at about 11:30 p.m., the Logan 911 Center received several calls of a very loud jet engine like noise, possible flames and bright light coming from the area of the recently installed Ruby pipeline, east of Avon, near Porcupine Reservoir. Based on this information, public safety first responders including law enforcement, HAZMAT, and fire units were sent to the area. Precautionary measures were initiated with area residents being directed to the Paradise LDS church building pending the investigation and emergency response.Upon further inquiry, agency officials found that earlier in the day, contractors for Ruby Pipeline were doing work on the pipeline right of way near Avon and a bulldozer made contact with the pipeline. No leak or fire resulted, but the apparent damage from the dozer’s track necessitated the line be depressurized Wednesday night in order to begin to evaluate and inspect the pipeline.As soon as emergency personnel on scene determined that this was a “venting operation” and not a “leak” or “failure” of the pipeline, evacuees were notified they could return home. There is no indication that public safety compromised and responding units were then cleared from the scene. Officials with Ruby pipeline are continuing with their inspection and evaluation of the pipeline for possible damage.

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