NEW ENGLAND, N.D. — A gas leak forced the evacuation of two businesses in New England after a drilling accident Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Employees of Fitterer Oil and Express Stop, the filling stations involved in the leak, were relocated and the damaged pipeline was repaired within hours.

“They evacuated the two businesses involved, because they were boring — drilling — underneath the street from one to the other and they subsequently hit the gas line,” Hettinger County Emergency Services Manager Tracy Kruger said.

The Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center, which is located only a few blocks from the leak, was not affected.

“Wind was coming out of the southwest to the northeast,” Kruger said. “The plume was heading in the opposite direction, so that area was not affected.”