The Beaver County Times reported Monday afternoon a 24-inch natural gas gathering pipeline owned by Energy Transfer Partners put into service on September 3 exploded early Monday morning destroying a house, barn and several vehicles in Center Township, Beaver County.
Public Utility Commission pipeline safety staff is on site and investigating the cause of the explosion.
The pipeline company set up a hotline for people who have questions or have had property damage related to the explosion. They are to call 1-800-445-5846.
A landslide caused a newly constructed TransCanada natural gas pipeline to explode in West Virginia in July.
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Gas line explodes in Center Twp., destroys house, barn, cars - News - The Times - Beaver, PA
Rep. Christopher Quinn (R-Delaware) issued a statement in reaction to the explosion calling for an immediate halt to all pipeline construction activities on Energy Transfer Partners' Mariner East Pipelines.
“Today’s pipeline explosion in Beaver County was a graphic illustration of my worst fears – and the fears of many local residents – related to the construction of the [Energy Transfer Partners’] Mariner East pipeline.
“While I am relieved to know that no injuries occurred, I also realize that this area of Beaver County is far less dense than the pipeline corridor in Delaware County. A similar incident in my district could be even more destructive and have a greater human toll.
“Therefore, I am calling for an immediate halt to all pipeline construction activities. This pipeline should not be built until the real and legitimate safety and environmental concerns raised by myself and local residents have been fully addressed.
“It is the responsibility of Sunoco Logistics and Energy Transfer Partners to prove that the tragedy that happened today in Beaver County – including the evacuation of residents and closure of a school – could never happen in our community. If they are unable to do so, then this pipeline should not be built. Public safety must be the top priority.”