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Xcel work results in muddied water at Longmont-area home

Mud found its way from an Xcel Energy natural gas pipeline replacement project along Airport Road into a Longmont-area resident’s cistern Wednesday.

Xcel is working to replace about 77 miles of a 95-mile high-pressure pipeline that runs between Westminster and the Wyoming border. Workers are boring a long tunnel at least 4 feet beneath Airport Road for the pipeline as part of the project.

Some of the mud created as part of the boring found an underground fissure and followed a natural path to the surface via a Boulder County resident’s cistern, according to Michelle Aguayo, an Xcel spokeswoman.

Aguayo said the mud didn’t contain dangerous chemicals, and the home in the 10700 block of Airport Road, across the street from Longmont city limits, was the only property affected.

“It’s a natural mud mixture and is environmentally safe,” Aguayo said. It happens sometimes, she said, but this is the first time it has happened on the 77-mile West Main Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement Project.

Xcel workers pumped the muddy mixture out of the cistern Wednesday, although Aguayo did not have a definite timeline for when it would be completely cleaned up.

In related news, Longmont council to weigh settlement in pipelines lawsuit.

This article was written by Karen Antonacci from Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.