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Police close city street after gas pipe breached

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE police blocked Glenlyon Road from Dawson Road to Tank Street yesterday when fence builders breached a natural gas pipe.

Sergeant Owen Lawton said police were called to the gas leak on the corner of Herbert Street and Central Lane, near the Star of the Sea Catholic Church, about 11.15am yesterday. He said the damage happened when workers using a backhoe struck the pipe.

The streets were closed to allow Origin Energy workers to find the damaged pipe and replace it. A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) fire truck and an ambulance were on hand during the repairs.

QFRS station officer Sean McMahon said the street was blocked each way to prevent the gas being ignited by passing vehicles.

'The risk was not great, but at times like this, it is best to err on the side of caution,' he said.

He said the repair crew had some difficulty repairing the leak because of trouble locating the isolation valves (which enable a section of the pipe to be turned off).

Mr McMahon said anyone planning to excavate should first phone the Dial Before You Dig number, 1100, to obtain information about underground hazards.



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