BP crews working on pipeline in Munster neighborhood

2013-11-13T22:00:00Z 2013-11-13T22:44:09Z BP crews working on pipeline in Munster neighborhoodElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
November 13, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

MUNSTER | BP crews are working on a pipeline as part of a hydro test near the intersection of Apple Blossom Court and Windfield Drive.

Ron Rybarczyk, the government and public affairs director for BP, said the test consists of crews filling the pipeline with water to test it at various levels of pressures. He said part of the pipeline burst during the test that started Tuesday. 

Rybarczyk said that when the pipeline burst, some of the water went into a nearby drain and pond. The water from the pond tested negative for hydrocarbon, which is found in crude oil. 

Crews were working Wednesday night to repair the pipeline, which is sandwiched between the backyards of townhomes. Rybarczyk said crews will return to the site in a couple of days to test it again before BP starts using the underground pipeline. 

The pipeline starts in Whiting and snakes through Northwest Indiana into Manhattan, Ill. 

Rybarczyk said there weren't any reports to BP of damage to nearby homes, and the company plans to redo the landscaping that was dug up during the test. 

He said there were no health or safety threats to the public because the pipeline was filled with water during the tests. However, the company offered residents vouchers for hotels because of the inconvenience of having construction done in their neighborhood. 

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