MarkWest Energy Partners has issued an emailed statement through spokesman Robert McHale – who is on scene – regarding the fire at the Chartiers Township/Houston, Washington County, Marcellus Shale gas processing plant.
“At approximately 6:00 p.m., during severe weather conditions, MarkWest¹s Houston facility was struck by lightning. All employees and contractors are accounted for and there are no reported injuries. The facility will remain shut down until a thorough inspection is completed.
MarkWest has highly trained personnel on-site working with first responders and will continue to monitor the situation.
First responders have secured a perimeter and out of an abundance of caution, several residents have relocated to a local community center.
MarkWest has an employee at this location and will work with these residents to ensure that accommodations are made until they can return to their homes.
We thank the first responders for their professionalism and will provide updates as more information becomes available.”
Editor’s Note: The Observer-Reporter and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette both reported that those evacuated were told they could return to their homes just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. To read the OR’s report, click here. To read the PG’s report, click here.