Safety System Stalls Gas Pipeline Fire

Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 01:06 PM gHale

Emergency shutdown equipment worked quickly to stop a natural gas explosion and fire in Lycoming County, PA.

This is a case where the emergency shutdown system worked to help quell the rupture and isolate the section of the pipeline where the failure occurred, said Williams company spokesman Lance Latham.

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As a result of the incident, federal officials are investigating the cause of the natural gas explosion that temporarily displaced about 130 people in Unityville, PA.

Evacuations ended up ordered as a safety precaution after a gas rupture and fire broke out Tuesday night along a Williams pipeline, according to emergency management officials.

Williams, an Oklahoma-based energy company that has plans to build its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through Lancaster County, said it’s working closely with federal and state authorities to determine the cause of the incident and take necessary steps to ensure the operational integrity of its pipeline system.

A pipeline failure occurred at 9:40 p.m. on a 24-inch diameter, natural gas transmission pipeline in Unityville.

There were no injuries in the incident and natural gas service continued uninterrupted in the area.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is conducting a full investigation.

“We are extremely appreciative of the prompt and efficient actions by local emergency responders for their assistance and commitment to public safety,” Latham said.