Fun with fracking

I love what the frackers do to my state:

An explosion at a natural gas compressor station in Susquehanna County this morning blew a hole in the roof of the complex holding the engines, causing a black cloud to billow from the building.

The incident in the Lathrop compressor station off Route 29 in Springville Twp. drew emergency responders from nearby counties and shook homes as far as a half-mile from the compressor complex.

Helen Humphreys, a spokeswoman for Williams, the company that operates the Lathrop station, said all employees and contractors on the site have been accounted for and no one was injured.

The damage was confined to the Lathrop station and did not impact the high-pressure pipeline the company operates between Springville and Dallas Twp. in Luzerne County, she said. Williams will do a full evaluation and investigation as soon as it is safe to go back into the building, she added.

“The emergency shutdown equipment did work properly to isolate and minimize the incident,” she said. “Emergency procedures were immediately activated. That included notifying local authorities and first responders, and evacuating all personnel.”

The Lathrop station pressurizes gas from Marcellus Shale wells in the county for transport through pipelines. It was sold to Williams by Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. as part of a deal announced in 2010 that also included a second compressor station and 75 miles of the natural gas drilling company’s gathering pipelines.

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