Newest details released in Noble County gas line rupture


Noble County EMA has released its final information regarding Monday’s gas line rupture outside of Summerfield in Noble County. 

According to a press release from Noble County EMA Director Chasity Schmelzenbach, two residents were treated for injuries and have since been released from an area hospital. 

Fire damaged three homes, two barns and an outbuilding. 

The 30″ gas line is owned by Enbridge, which Noble County EMA said also has two other lines running with the line that ruptured, which have been shut down in the last 24 hours to ensure the site is safe so workers and regulators could investigate. 

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will oversee the process. 

The press release states it will be a few months before the cause of the rupture is identified. 

Smithberger Road will remain closed due to road damage for an indefinite period of time. Officials ask that drivers avoid the area. 

Noble County EMA also said the Ohio DNR and EPA will be monitoring air quality and other infrastructure withing a half mile. 

Additional questions can be directed to Enbridge’s media center at 1-888-992-099. 

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