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story.lead_photo.caption Water spouts more than 30 feet into the air Sunday morning on both sides of the flooded Arkansas River after a natural gas pipeline ruptured. - Photo by Special to the Democrat-Gazette / TONY CASSADY

When Spectra Energy's pipeline burst in the Arkansas River on May 31, a 400-foot section of pipe broke off from the line and was pushed downstream, the company said.

Sonar scans conducted by Spectra Energy last week show a section of the pipeline on the north side of the river, about 100 feet from the line's original crossing, said spokesman Phil West.

Spectra Energy's 24-inch pipeline released 3.9 million cubic feet of natural gas into the Arkansas River when it ruptured.

The pipeline is part of Texas Eastern Transmission line, which crosses the river between Little Rock and North Little Rock about a mile east of the Interstate 30 bridge. The line that failed is a backup pipeline to the system's main transmission line.

The company said it does not know what caused the 63-year-old pipeline to fail.

Spectra Energy is also preparing to pull the backup line from the river. The company will cut part of the pipeline into "manageable pieces" as part of the process, West said.

Spectra Energy is waiting for the flooding river's currents to ease, but could start pulling the pipeline from the river as early as Tuesday, he said.


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  • ARMind
    June 8, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.

    Here's a clue: the 63 (!) year old pipeline. When will you guys learn that pipe, regardless of what it is made from, does not last forever.

  • DemGazReader
    June 8, 2015 at 2:50 p.m.

    The headline reads "Explosion" but there is no mention of an explosion in the article. What am I missing???

  • TheBatt
    June 8, 2015 at 5:01 p.m.

    I thought initially this company said the pipeline was not in use....Hmmm...

  • BillRob72116
    June 8, 2015 at 10:01 p.m.

    Spectra has contended since the beginning that the burst pipeline was NOT IN USE and that the gas that escaped was just residual in the line. Obviously, that was a GROSS error or misstatement!