Dow Chemical Pipeline Leak Prompts Evacuation in Texas (10/27/09)

A leak in a Dow Chemical underground pipeline has prompted the evacuation of more than 60 homes in Freeport, TX.

Dow Chemical spokeswoman Trish Rithaller says crews are expected to begin digging in a field around the pipeline on Wednesday to repair the leak. The accident involves a urethane product.

Rithaller says the underground pipeline leak was discovered Sunday morning and the area has been secured. Plant workers were dispatched to neighborhoods on Monday to advise residents to relocate to hotels and expect to be out of their homes for several days.

No injuries were reported.

Freeport is located about 60 miles south of Houston.

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