Gas line explosion near Panhandle town of Bushland

Nov. 5, 2009 at 5:05 a.m.
Updated Dec. 17, 2009 at 6:17 a.m.

BUSHLAND, Texas (AP) — A pipeline will be rerouted from a Texas Panhandle neighborhood where a fiery Nov. 5 natural gas explosion left three people hurt.

El Paso Corp. spokesman Robert Newberry said Thursday that the updated line in the Bushland area will be "400, 600 feet away from any residence."

A statement Wednesday from its El Paso Natural Gas unit said the company is working with federal investigators to determine the cause of the accident.

The company has determined there was no corrosion involved in the early-morning pipeline rupture. The company found no evidence of a leak before the blast or defects in a weld between a branch connection and the carrier pipe.

About 60 people had to be evacuated from Bushland, a town of about 1,500, located 15 miles west of Amarillo.

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