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Search on for cause of Sheboygan gas leak (1:20 p.m. 6/2/09)

Sean Ryan
sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com

The parties involved in Monday’s gas leak in Sheboygan are trying to figure out how the accident occurred.

It is unknown whether Dorner Inc., Luxemburg, hit the natural gas line in error, whether the pipe was not mapped accurately, or if the line’s owner, Wisconsin Public Service Corp., incorrectly marked the pipe’s location, said Sheboygan Fire Chief Jay Lastusky. The department evacuated a two-by-three block area because gas from the ruptured line leaked into open sewers and spread, he said.

Wisconsin Public Service Corp., which owned the gas line, is investigating the incident, but it is too early to say who may be at fault and whether the utility would seek damages from Dorner, said spokesman Kerry Spees.

The Appleton office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was not aware of the incident before being contacted by The Daily Reporter Tuesday morning.

Dorner also is conducting its own internal investigation.

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