Westland Gas Processing Facility Struck by Lightning: Fire & Evacuations
Lightening struck a release valve at the MarkWest Marcellus Shale gas processing plant in Chartiers Township, Washington County in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, starting a fire and prompting officials to evacuate about 50 people living near the facility.
Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi said hazmat teams were on scene to determine if the gas that escaped the valve and formed a plume of smoke above the compressor station was hazardous.
“They were almost certain that it is not,” he said. Washington County Public Safety Director Jeffrey Yates said just after 7 p.m. that the valves had been shut off.
Western Avenue remains closed, and Maggi suggested drivers avoid the area as a precaution.
A cell phone message left for MarkWest spokesman Robert McHale was not immediately returned Wednesday. Washington County 911 said they had no information on the incident.
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