Wareham DNR Responds to Report of SUV Stuck on High Pressure Gas Line

Citations issued for violating restricted area...
Wareham DNR on scene of a potentially dangerous incursion into the restricted space of the high pressure gas transmission line. (WDNR photo)

From the Wareham Department of Natural Resoureces:

On Sunday, June 17th at approximately 6:00pm, Natural Resources Officers responded to the Algonquin High-Pressure Gas Transmission line in East Wareham for a report of a vehicle that was stuck in the sand. Enbridge, the company who owns the transmission line, sent a representative from their company after their aircraft had spotted the motor vehicle. After a brief investigation, the operator of the motor vehicle had gotten it stuck the night prior while camping in Myles Standish State Forest. The operator of the vehicle had hired a private tow company to remove the vehicle from the transmission line. This required a skidsteer and a 4x4 flat-bed to remove it. 

The vehicles operator and owner received a citation for various offenses. 

The gas lines, as they are most commonly referred to is a section of the Algonquin Gas Transmission line owned by Enbridge, which is 1,130 miles long. It stretches from New Jersey where it hooks into the Texas Eastern Pipeline, connects to the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline in Boston and in our area, delivers to 2 areas for smaller distribution on Cape Cod. This is a high-pressure transmission line delivering 3.13 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. 

There are various pressure relief valves on the gas line, if one of these were hit and a spark ignited the result could be devastating. The area is posted no trespassing. Please stay off the gas line!


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