Lightning: PA Gas Plant Partially Reopens

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 05:06 AM gHale

MarkWest Energy Partners reopened two of three plants at a natural gas processing facility in southwestern Pennsylvania after lightning struck the gas refinery last week.

The third plant at the Chartiers Township facility remains under repair after a “weather-related incident” May 28, MarkWest officials said.

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MarkWest said the main damage to the third plant was to a heat exchanger.

The company said it is routing some gas to its Majorsville complex in Marshall County, West Virginia, until all three plants at the Pennsylvania facility are operating.

Dozens of residents evacuated for more than three hours after Washington County emergency management officials said lightning struck the plant last week, prompting a natural gas leak.

The plant is about 15 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

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