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The incident occurred at the El Paso Natural Gas Company's Pecos River crossing located in the southeast corner of New Mexico where three lines (two 30 inch and one 26 inch pipeline) cross the river. While only one 30 inch line blew, the other two lines were also shut down. As a result, 1.2 billion cubic feet per day, out of a normal 2.0 billion cubic feet per day, of natural gas flowing along El Paso's southern route to its Arizona and California markets, was affected for several weeks. In fact, two months after the incident the blown pipeline segment had yet to be replaced. The company reports, however, that flow through the site approximates about 85 percent of previous levels, and customer needs have not been impaired.