Update: Natural gas smell in Dubuque due to pipeline project

UPDATE: Due to weather delays, Black Hills Energy will resume their pipeline purging near Highway 20 N., Cascade Rd., and Highway 20/ Cottingham Rd. on Tuesday afternoon. Black Hills Energy reminds its customers that if they smell natural gas, leave your home and call 9-1-1 and then Black Hills Energy at 800-694-8989.

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UPDATE:  Black HIlls Energy says it is monitoring the situation involving a natural gas smell in the Dubuque area.  The utility says the smell is the result of a pipeline project in Illinois not tied to Black Hills Energy.

The company issued a written statement saying that because of poor weather conditions Monday, it decided to delay its own pipeline purge near Highway 20 N., Cascade Rd. and Highway 20/Cottingham Rd.  That work is now slated for Aug. 13 at 9 am.

The company says emergency services and the Dubuque Co. Sheriff’s Office are aware of the situation.  Black Hills Energy reminds its customers that if they smell natural gas, leave your home and call 9-1-1 and then Black Hills Energy at 800-694-8989.

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The Dubuque Police Department is reporting that its 9-1-1 call system is being inundated Monday morning with calls of concerns over the smell of natural gas.

The department says on its Facebook page that calls have been coming in from the eastern and central parts of Dubuque.  They have determined from authorities in Jo Davies County, IL, that Precision Pipeline is blowing out a pipe, which is causing the smell.

Police ask that you do not call 9-1-1 about the natural gas smell.

We have received multiple reports of a natural gas smell from residents and businesses in the eastern and central part of Dubuque. We have been advised by authorities in Jo Davies County, IL that the smell is coming from Precision Pipeline who are blowing out a pipe. Please do not call Dubuque County 911 to report this smell as they are getting inundated with calls at this time.

Allison Gibson

Allison Gibson

News Dir. KWWL
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