Published: 1:48 pm, Tue. Dec. 5th, 2017Updated: 1:48 pm
A pipeline exploded in southeastern New Mexico’s oil patch, closing two highways but causing no reported injuries.
Eddy County Emergency Manager Jennifer Armendariz says the pipeline that exploded early Wednesday morning is in a sparsely populated area about 10 miles south of Carlsbad.
Enterprise Products, the owner of the pipeline, with oversight from the New Mexico Minerals and Natural Resources Administration, will cut out the affected portion of pipeline and send it to a lab for forensic testing to determine which portion failed.
The explosion occurred near the junction of U.S. 285 and State Route 31 and closed both highways. As of noon, the New Mexico State Police reported N.M. 31 from the U.S. 285 intersection to Carter Road remains closed.
County officials initially advised nearby residents to evacuate but later advised those in a two-mile radius of the junction to shelter in place while authorities work to stabilize the situation.