Natural gas leak halted, Michigan evacuation ends

Associated Press

Authorities in southwestern Michigan say operators of a natural gas pipeline have stopped a leak.

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Michigan say operators of a natural gas pipeline have stopped a leak, clearing the way for evacuated residents to return home.

Police in Berrien County's Benton Township say the TransCanada Corp. natural gas line began leaking about 2 a.m. Tuesday, leading to the evacuations. No injuries are reported.

Police Chief Vincent Fetke says the company reported that gas no longer was leaking Tuesday afternoon and residents are being allowed to go home. The site is about 70 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company says the affected section of the line automatically shut down after the leak. Company spokesman Terry Cunha says TransCanada crews are investigating the cause of the leak so they can plug it and reopen the pipeline.

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