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Natural gas dehydration station draws emergency crews


February 19. 2013 6:42PM
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UPDATED STORY:
MONROE TOWNSHIP -- Emergency crews have left a natural gas dehydration station just over the Luzerne County line in Monroe Township, Wyoming, after being dispatched because of a gas release.

A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said company officials are on site and fire crews have been released from the scene.

A supervisor at Luzerne County 911 said a gas release has caused a sound like a jet engine and reports on the police scanner said gas was releasing into the air.

The station, off Old Highway Road, which runs parallel to Route 309 just over the Dallas Township line, is owned by PVR Partners. Emergency crews including Kunkle Fire Department were on scene and had asked dispatchers to contact PVR to get them on site.

Kunkle Fire Chief Jack Dodson said it appears a release valve on the machine blew off. The station was shut down to relieve pressure. The shut down is only temporary, the chief noted.

Earlier this year, PVR Partners, based in Radnor, purchased some of Chief Gathering LLC's Marcellus Shale assets. Included in the purchase was the pipeline system Chief Gathering was constructing to bring natural gas from wells in northern Wyoming County to the Transco interstate pipeline in Dallas Township. The dehydration station in Monroe Township is part of this particular pipeline system.

Shortly after that incident, PVR Partners officials said the company will add additional silencing equipment to its dehydration and metering station.

??We will add equipment to reduce the sound when the station goes to shutdown, so it won??t bother the neighbors,? said Stephen R. Milbourne, director of investor relations for PVR.

It was unclear if that measure has been taken.

The station is used to take condensation out of natural gas and also to add an odor-inducing agent that gives the gas its characteristic scent.

There was a similar issue with this site back in September.


ORIGINAL STORY:
MONROE TOWNSHIP -- Emergency crews from Kunkle and other departments have been dispatched to a natural gas dehydration station just over the Luzerne County line in Monroe Township, Wyoming County.

A supervisor at Luzerne County 911 said a gas release has caused a sound like a jet engine and reports on the police scanner say gas was releasing into the air.

The station, located on state Route 309 just over the Dallas Township line, is owned by PVR Partners. Emergency crews including Kunkle Fire Department are on scene and have asked dispatchers to contact PVR to get them on site.

Earlier this year, PVR Partners, based in Radnor, purchased some of Chief Gathering LLC's Marcellus Shale assets. Included in the purchase was the pipeline system Chief Gathering was constructing to bring natural gas from wells in northern Wyoming County to the Transco interstate pipeline in Dallas Township. The dehydration station in Monroe Township is part of this particular pipeline system.

Shortly after that incident, PVR Partners officials said the company will add additional silencing equipment to its dehydration and metering station.

??We will add equipment to reduce the sound when the station goes to shutdown, so it won??t bother the neighbors,? said Stephen R. Milbourne, director of investor relations for PVR.

It was unclear if that measure has been taken.

The station is used to take condensation out of natural gas and also to add an odor-inducing agent that gives the gas its characteristic scent.

There was a similar issue with this site back in September.


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