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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Landslide Damages Pipeline, Causes Fish Kill

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
A landslide apparently damaged a MarkWest Energy pipeline in northern Wetzel County this week, causing it to rupture and spill an unidentified, but potentially explosive, liquid.
Kathy Cosco, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed the spill Friday. But DEP officials have not yet been able to closely examine the Rocky Run area where the liquid was released.
"Yes, we are aware of that incident, but we haven't been able to get a whole lot of samples," Cosco said. "We can't get close enough yet. ... As of (Friday) morning, the gas levels in the immediate area were too high for our folks be able to ... take samples of the stream."
As a result, Cosco said, DEP officials won't know what substances may have contaminated the stream for some time. She said reports indicate the spill involves "wet gas" or a "liquid gas" and that many natural gas liquids - byproducts of natural gas drilling such as propane, ethane, butane and others - vaporize when their liquid forms come in contact with water.
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