A project to remove four 1,000-foot-long pipelines from a hillside overlooking DuPont's plant in Belle has been delayed after plant officials decided to find a safer way to remove the portion of the line closest to the top of the hill.
The project is about two-thirds complete, but "the upper 500 (feet) of pipeline remains firmly anchored on land that is severely sloped," Plant Manager Jim O'Connor said in a statement.
Originally, the plan was to remove the entire pipeline using a trackhoe type excavator, but in light of the steep slope of the hill, DuPont officials are analyzing alternative methods of removal.
"Our primary consideration has always been the safety of our workers and the public and we will move the project forward when we can do so with a reconfigured design and project safety operating procedures," O'Connor said.
O'Connor expects work will be complete by the end of the year. The project was initially scheduled for completion in August.
The pipeline was opened in 1930 as a way to save energy during the production of ammonia, the Daily Mail reported in April.
Water was sent down the hillside, where distance and gravity combined to raise the water pressure from about 100 pounds per square inch to about 450 pounds per square inch.