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3 contract workers injured after pipeline ruptures in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — Three workers were injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles south of Marsh Island.

Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said the rupture caused the pipeline to catch fire. He said the injured crew members were taken to a hospital in Houma.

The Coast Guard says the fire has been extinguished.

Tippets said the Coast Guard received notification of the rupture around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Joe Hollier, Manager of Corporate Communications for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, said workers were performing maintenance on a 10-inch offshore line of Gulf South Pipeline when it ruptured.

Hollier says the contract workers suffered minor injuries.

He says the line has been shut-in and there has been no impact to customers

The cause of the rupture is under investigation.

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