Gas service restored in Kapahulu after pipeline fire

Gas service restored in Kapahulu after pipeline fire

KAPAHULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Gas officials say crews have restored service to affected customers around 5:30 a.m. after Monday's pipeline rupture fire caused by an asphalt miller that was digging up the road.

They have replaced and ensured the integrity of three additional lines that feed into the pipeline. However, work to fix the ruptured line -- installed in 1977 and surprisingly discovered at a depth less than a foot below the road -- is still ongoing as surveys continue on the line's location and stability as part of the company's ongoing investigation.

Officials say crews will go to the homes and help customers safely "re-light" their gas service.

Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard told Hawaii News Now it is continuing to monitor the environmental cleanup of the runoff from the firefight that washed into a storm drain and contaminated the Ala Wai Canal.

The cleanup is being handled by the state who has hired PENCO or Pacific Environmental Corporation, to remove any recoverable diesel fuel and oil products from the waterway. Much of the fuel will dissipate naturally say officials.  Various agencies say they have not noticed any negative impact on wildlife Tuesday as a result of the pollutants.

Eventually, once all Hawaii Gas repairs are made, then Road Builders, a contractor for the city, will resume road resurfacing work along Kapahulu Avenue.

Lane restrictions continue near Kapahulu Avenue and Date Street with one Mauka-bound lane open and two Makai-bound lanes available to drivers.

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