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Sat Jul 21, 2012, 09:08 PM

Lightning strikes a gas well tank in Westmoreland Co. [View all]

Hidden in an article about recent thunderstorms and power outages:

"In Derry Township, a lightning strike sparked a fire in a condensate tank at a non-Marcellus Shale CNX gas well near the intersection of state Route 982 and Laughlin Farm Road.

"The 500-gallon fiberglass tank was struck about 3:30 p.m., according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, causing a fire that burned for an hour, melting the tank and causing a spill of about 440 gallons of oily "wet gases."

"The Westmoreland County hazardous materials team used foam designed for gas fires to quell the 10-foot flames. Crews then let the fire burn itself out. Nearby residents were not affected by the fire, Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said.

"The spilled gas was contained by a dike around the tank. DEP inspectors plan to visit the site this morning."

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/weather/storms-knock-out-power-ignite-gas-well-tank-645249/#ixzz21JSwcNNw

(Published July 19.)

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