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Press Release from Orange & Rockland
PEARL RIVER, NY June 22, 2012 — Nearly 100 natural gas technicians working for O&R are continuing the labor-intensive process of restoring gas service to 385 customers in Nyack whose service was shut off by O&R yesterday in order to extinguish a natural gas fire in the village.
Gas service was shut down to the 385 customers (the preliminary 480 customer count has been revised downward) late Thursday afternoon when a safety device failed at First Avenue and North Broadway in Nyack while contractors were working on a gas main replacement project.
A stopper — a 12-inch canvas balloon used to halt the flow of gas through a pipe so that work can be done safely — failed, permitting gas to flow into the pipe. The two workmen were using a power tool to smooth the end of the pipe for a cap-fitting, and that power tool created sparks.
The sparks ignited the gas, sending a column of fire into the air for over an hour before the main was shut down from neighboring gate stations. No one sustained serious injury during this event.
All normal gas work on the O&R system has been suspended to devote all resources to the Nyack event. Mutual aid resources totaling about 60 extra crews are due to join 30 O&R crews in the field today to restore gas service to Nyack. Those crews are from Con Edison, Central Hudson and National Grid. Contractor crews from PPS and ULS are also part of the workforce today.
This work is expected to continue through the weekend.
The three-step gas restoration process is an extraordinarily labor-intensive process:
- Each building affected to be visited by a gas technician to shut off the building’s gas service.
- For O&R to then activate the gas main (which had been de-activated to put out Thursday’s fire) for that area once all the individual gas services have been shut off.
- Then, a second visit to each building by a gas technician to restore gas service to the individual buildings (light the pilot lights)
As of 8 am today, gas technicians working for O&R had visited 250 buildings in Nyack and succeeded in gaining entrance and shutting off the individual service to 185 buildings.
Among the streets affected are: Tallman Ave., N.Broadway, North Midland, Haven Court, Front St., Castle Heights Ave., Hart Place, 3rd,4th,5th and 6th Avenues and Ackerman Place.
The gas main replacement project is aimed at upgrading the Nyack gas system from a low pressure to high pressure system. One of the advantages of a high-pressure system is that it features more valves that can isolate outages and limit their scope. The low pressure system does not have this feature.