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Crews respond to gas leak

Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A gas leak on campus disrupted travel across DeBartolo Quad Monday afternoon as emergency crews worked to cap the leak for about three hours.

The leak was detected at approximately 1:55 p.m., and University Spokesman Dennis Brown alerted students to the leak via email shortly after emergency crews responded to the situation. Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and the Notre Dame Fire Department blocked off the north side of DeBartolo Quad while fixing the leak.

“The cause of the leak appears to be a tent stake that was driven into an unmarked gas line,” the email stated.

Emergency crews did not evacuate any campus buildings, but advised students, faculty and staff to avoid the area.

“We shut down all air intake units in buildings near the leak, and risk management and fire department personnel monitored gas levels in those buildings,” Brown said Monday afternoon.

NIPSCO, NDSP and fire officials capped the leak in a 2-inch line around 5 p.m.  

“We require that all underground utility lines be located and marked before any digging occurs on campus, but, as mentioned in the news release, it appears this line was not marked,” Brown said.