U.S. energy company Williams Cos. Inc. said on April 6 the giant Gulfstream natural gas pipeline in Florida was unaffected by a leak at the nearby Piney Point reservoir near Tampa Bay.
Emergency crews labored to prevent the collapse of a wastewater reservoir’s leaky containment wall near Tampa Bay, making steady progress after officials warned of an imminent threat of flooding over the weekend.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked with local public safety teams to drain the Piney Point reservoir, which holds about 480 million gallons, in a bid to prevent a major breach that could unleash a cascade of waste water into the surrounding area, officials said.
“We have taken the necessary precautions to secure the Gulfstream facility, which remains unaffected at this time,” a Williams spokesman said.
“We are continuing to monitor this evolving situation and are confident in Gulfstream’s ongoing ability to meet the natural gas delivery needs of its customers," the company said.
Gulfstream is a partnership between units of Williams and Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc. The 745-mile pipeline has the capacity to deliver about 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of gas from Mississippi and Alabama across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida.
One billion cubic feet of gas is enough to supply about 5 million U.S. homes for a day.
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