Broken Valve Leads to Oil, Gas Spill

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 @ 03:05 PM gHale


After a valve broke on a pipeline, a northwestern Pennsylvania highway had to close down for about five hours when crude oil mixed with natural gas spewed about 60 feet into the air.

The reason for the mixture is crude oil often accompanies gas drawn from wells. Lafayette, PA, Township fire Chief Don Fowler said the slick oil was being blown across U.S. Route 219 about noon Saturday in neighboring Bradford Township. That’s about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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Atlas Energy, which has an office in Mayville, NY, owns the pipeline.

McKean County Emergency Management Director Jerry Rettger couldn’t estimate how much oil or gas released in the spill. He said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will hold Atlas responsible for the cleanup.



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