Second natural gas leak occurs near Marietta High
by Bridgette Bonner
March 25, 2013 02:25 PM | 2703 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whitlock Avenue was closed again Monday from Burnt Hickory Road to Carriage Oaks Drive due to a gas main rupture similar to the one Friday across from Marietta High School.<br>Staff/ Laura Moon
Whitlock Avenue was closed again Monday from Burnt Hickory Road to Carriage Oaks Drive due to a gas main rupture similar to the one Friday across from Marietta High School.
Staff/ Laura Moon
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The fire department and Atlanta Gas Light crews responded to two natural gas leaks Monday, which makes three such leaks in Marietta since Friday.

Monday’s first leak was at about 10:30 a.m. on Whitlock Avenue at the same intersection as a leak Friday. But it was not the same pipe that ruptured, said Kelly Caldwell, Marietta’s assistant fire chief.

Friday’s leak was on the south side of Whitlock Avenue and Monday’s was on the north side, he said.

Construction crews working in the area hit the lines with their equipment, according to a statement from the fire department.

The fire department was able to contain the gas leak Monday in a hour as compared to Friday, which took five hours, because Monday’s leak was more easily accessible.

“We couldn’t go down safely to close the gap Friday because it was 18 feet deep,” Caldwell said. “Monday was only 3 feet deep.”

A few hours after the second leak on Whitlock Avenue, the two groups responded at about 2 p.m. to a leak at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Street, which produced some of the same issues they dealt with Friday.

“Contractors replacing sewer lines sometimes strike toe lines that are incorrectly marked,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell said the community was never in any harm, and heavy winds Monday helped to dissipate the leaking gas, which is toxic and can cause sickness or even be fatal if enough is inhaled.
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gas guy
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April 02, 2013
who says the toe lines were incorrectly marked? Sewer contractors tear stuff up all the time, whether it's marked correctly or not. They are supposed to dig by hand around all marks to expose the marked facility- How are they going to do that in an 18 foot deep trench?!? They can't so they dont.
Pat H
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March 25, 2013
That's what happens when the work crews can't read English.
Young Teacher
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March 26, 2013
Or just can't read.
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