Rogan Law Articles Residents Renew Natural Gas Safety Concerns after Recent Explosion

Residents Renew Natural Gas Safety Concerns after Recent Explosion

By Rogan Law  May. 8, 2012 9:35a

A meeting was held recently at a local high school so residents could voice their concerns to state regulators and natural gas company representatives. This was in response to the explosion that occurred in late March at a gas compression station. The vice president for the company's regional natural gas and gathering operations explained that the explosion occurred due to worker error. A worker engaged in maintenance actions on one of the compressor engines apparently made a mistake in following standard procedure which then let gas into the compressor prematurely. The gas then ignited and the compressor exploded. There have been ongoing worries by people living in the vicinity of natural gas gathering operations and residents continue to question if there are enough steps being taken to prevent air pollution and ground water contamination. Many residents feel that there is not enough safety oversight on the construction and maintenance of gas pipelines, as well. If you have questions about how natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation may affect you then speak with a knowledgeable Scranton personal injury attorney today.

Compressors Restarted against DEP Instructions

After the compressor explosion, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) instructed the gas company not to restart the station until after an investigation by a state engineer. These instructions were apparently disregarded and the station's compressors restarted two days later without ok. The gas co. representative acknowledged that they should have stayed in better communication with DEP.

Do you need the help of a Marcellus Shale lawyer in Scranton?

An attorney with us at Rogan Law has helped clients throughout Scranton and the northeast region of the state with their legal concerns regarding Marcellus Shale drilling. Residents throughout the area have valid questions regarding the safety of this natural gas drilling and collecting process and the impacts it can have on local ground water, air quality and the environment in general. If you are looking for legal representation in Wayne County or the Pocono Mountain region in connection to contamination caused by the chemicals used in the drilling process, accidents, spills or other hazards then we may be able to help. We offer a free initial consultation and we are passionate about protecting our client's rights and health.

Contact a Scranton Marcellus Shale attorney with our firm if you are concerned about the impact of natural gas drilling near you and your family.

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