Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Midnight Pennsylvania Explosion Fuels New Marcellus Gas Safety Concerns

Published: November 3, 2011
spotted by: jarmstrong9808

A natural gas compressor station in southern Pennsylvania exploded overnight Thursday, prompting the evacuation of about 150 people and raising concerns about safety amid the shale-gas boom that is spreading throughout the state.

A local resident reported a "loud noise" at the Artemas Compressor Station in Mann Township, Bedford County, at about 12:30 a.m., according to Shawn Trahan, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Columbia Gas Transmission, part of NiSource, which operates the station.

Working with local fire and emergency services, company officials shut down the station and a nearby underground gas-storage facility and the fire was extinguished, Trahan said. There were no injuries and apparently no damage to surrounding homes. Residents returned to their homes by about 7 a.m.

"An initial investigation shows no off-site impact," Trahan said. She said the company is investigating what caused the explosion.

Fodder For Activists

The Feds Get Involved

Continue reading...

No comments:

Post a Comment is a medium for concerned citizens to express their opinions in regards to 'Fracking.' We are Representatives of Democracy. We are Fractivists. We are you.