DETROIT (AP) — A utility has shut down a high-pressure gas main in southwest Detroit due to ground shifting beneath the pavement.
DTE Energy closed the 24-inch natural gas pipeline on Wednesday night “to avert a potential public safety issue and to allow the investigation into the ground shift to proceed safely,” the city said Thursday, Sept.16.READ MORE: Michigan Authorities Say Skimmers Credit Card Skimmers Were Found Across State
A temporary bypass to restore natural gas to six industrial companies that use the pipeline is expected to be completed within a week.
The shifting first was noticed Saturday.READ MORE: Detroit Offers All 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots To Eligible Residents
No injuries were reported, but a marijuana dispensary was damaged and had to be demolished Tuesday. The structural integrity of an adjacent building affected by the shifting ground was being assessed, according to the city.
“We’re still investigating the root cause of this ground upheaval, which continues to apply pressure to DTE’s utility equipment,” said Hakim Berry, Detroit’s chief operating officer.
DTE’s monitoring of its natural gas system alerted engineers to a potential issue, Berry added.
Minor exploratory excavation was initiated on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the area to help determine soil composition and ground stability.MORE NEWS: Free Water Distributed To Benton Harbor Residents As City Works On Replacing Lead Pipes
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