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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas 25 Cents Tuesday December 1991 14 Serving NEW BRAUNFEL3 and COMAL COUNTY Home of Aaron One 10 Pages Gas leak prompts evacuation Emergency services command center Gas pipeline leak causes evacuations within a halfmile of Santa Clara Morningside intersection HerakJZeftung graphic byMarkWamkon When the relief valve on this Oasis Company gas pipeline blew this morning emergency crews went to work to evacuate the Gas leak sounds like plane crash Jk By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer New Braunfels residents were evaluated early Tuesday morning when a gas pipeline relief valve releasing an estimated cubic inches of natural gas in the area of Ruckle Road and Morningside It woke me up I live about a half mile away and it was so loud you couldnt talk to each said David criminal investiga tor with the Comal County Sher iffs There was a loud explosion kind of like a plane crashed in the back It looked like a It was pitch black and you could still see it shooting Officers of the New Braunfels Police Comal County Sheriffs Department and Guada lupe County Sheriffs Department sealed off the area and evacuated residents in the Santa Clara Avenue and Morningside Drive Seventeen fire including three engine companies and EMS units were dispatched to the The incident command post was set up at Ruckle Road and Morningside said Elroy fire marshal for the city of New Crews from Intertex Gas Com operators of the were able to stop the flow of gas after a 55minute said Stanley district manager of Inter tex It was really a proper function of that release valve it was set a little bit low probably which caused the Graham Certainly there was no danger to the area The pipeline is a transmission line that takes natural gas from El Paso to Houston and is owned by the Oasis Company of Local companies such as Entex in New Braunfels do not tap into the Graham The relief valve that opened has a capacity of cubic feet per hour and Graham estimated that cubic feet of gas was It was really just a situation where the valve came as its supposed Graham It was not as dangerous as it was It might be that we overreacted out I dont but it was cer tainly the normal operation of a pipeline Graham said the pipeline is still operational and that it never com pletely shut There was no See Page 2 Hilda is joined by other neighbors at the First Baptist Church shelter this morning after they were evacuated from their stammtisch Mayor pro tern denies accusations of wrongdoing Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeltung sends birthday wishes today to Peggy Lynn 2 Good Day It will be sunny and warm toduy with a high temperature around 75 Tonights low will dip down to a temperature of about 40 Inside DEAR SANTA URITERSBLOCK 15 shopping days to Christmas By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer Accused of improperly using city funds New Braunfels Muyor Pro Tern Ramon Chapa denied any serious wrongdoing and said he reim bursed the city that The accusations ended the City Councils regular meeting with it brief round of when Council Member Paul Fraser criticized Chapa for expenses incurred on a city phone and for his failure to promptly return an unused I didnt receive an intereslfree loan in and as far us Im con thats what happened in this I7ruser This is not the Marines and Im not u Chupa saying ho had paid the money and resented Fraser scrutinizing his Cha Cheer Fund drive mounts The New HraunfeU Herald ZcliungH Cheer Fund drive now has railed The goal of the drive is to raise money to provide Cliruinuu dinners to local residents who are less Dully uiKlutes or how much money been contributed will appear In the Herald until the delivery Uttcst contributors are Loyd and UUlo Alan and Betty pa later accused Fraser of intimidation and making jabs to cause Fraser referred to a 5 memo from Acting City Manager Hector Tamayo to The memo notified him of a Cellular One tele phone bill for the period between 21 and and it directed him to identify city business calls so thai the city could pay for The memo also directed Chapa to return the which was assigned to him for the period In which he served as interim the memo stated ttutt he must return the expense check provided for his attendance in October of the Texas Municipal League Annual Conference in Fort Since you did not attend that con the check must be returned so that it may be the memo adding that the matters must be taken care of no later than Chapu said he paid the money and relumed the phone He said he did not attend the con ference because at the last I was going through some personal problems at and he apologized for not returning the check Chapa added that the telephone bill was given to him on and that he paid it as soon as He said ho hud planned on reimbursing any charges he incurred on the Fraser responded that any govern ment official is honorbound to uphold the public particularly with Although he said he recognized that Chapa may not have fell he could react quickly to the 5 the should have been returned immediately after realizing that he could not attend the I believe that Fruser is just looking for ways to make Chapa said If he would pay attention to his business as much as he does to other peoples he might to u belter job at being u council Namecalling isnt the purpose here and 1 will tiol gel into that type of Fraser said this If Chapas comments are that Im trying to make I would just summarize by saying hes caused his own Actions taken by the council Mon day included The 23 regular council meeting was rescheduled for 16 at 6 The council accepted an agreement with the State Department of High ways and Public Transportation to widen Texas 46 from the Comul County line to the New Braunfels City toward The city will pay for 10 percent of the rightofway which amounts to from lie Capital Improvement The council accepted a grunt from the Federal Aviation Administration See Page 2
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