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Rain causes gas leak in MS

02/25/2020 3:33 pm ET Molly Taft
Mississippi Gas Pipeline

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Dozens of people were hospitalized and hundreds forced to evacuate in a county outside Jackson, Mississippi over the weekend after a gas pipe ruptured following heavy rainfall.

The 24-inch pipeline, owned by Denbury Enterprises and used for oilfield operations, leaked carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in a “heavily wooded” area near the town of Satartia.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says the 300 evacuated residents have returned to their homes, accompanied by environmental specialists, while the 46 hospitalized are in stable condition.

The agency said the rupture was likely caused by “recent weather events” and that “it appears the ground caved into a ravine damaging the 24-inch pipe”; the Jackson area has been deluged with serious rainfall over the past week.

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