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REPAIR CREWS HEADING FOR NOVA PIPELINE BREAK

 CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Repair crews have been dispatched to the site of a break on a natural gas pipeline operated by the gas transmission division of Nova Corp. of Alberta.
 The rupture occurred at about 9 a.m. today on a section of 36-inch pipeline in a remote forested region about 40 kilometers southwest of the town of Valleyview in northwestern Alberta. There were no Nova crews working on the line at the time, and no injuries have been reported.
 At the time of the break, sweet natural gas escaping from the line caught fire. Pipeline valves upstream and downstream of the rupture were used to stop the flow of gas. Although crews from the Forest Services Division of Alberta Environmental Protection are fighting a small forest fire affecting some seven acres, the fire from the pipeline is now out.
 Cause of the incident is not known at this time. The immediate focus will be on-site inspection and repair. Nova crews are working as quickly as possible to gain site access and begin repair work. An investigation into the exact cause of the rupture is underway.
 Meanwhile, the company is working to find alternative sources of supply to minimize the impact on its customers.
 -0- 8/23/93
 /CONTACT: Scott Ranson of Nova Corp. of Alberta, 403-261-8191/
 (NVA.)


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