ATTLEBORO - Local residents living near a petroleum pipeline might encounter crews or be subjected to loud noises this week as part of maintenance procedures on the pipeline that recently changed hands.

A letter from Buckey Partners Limited Partnership received by Attleboro police said the company recently acquired an 84-mile pipeline between East Providence and Springfield, and that it will be purging the lines of petroleum products. The procedure by which the pipeline is purged requires the injection of nitrogen gas, the letter said, which may result in loud noises in certain locations.