This is a presentation given by Steve Garvin at a Doddridge County Commissioners meeting. In it, he expressed concerns about the oil and gas industry in West Virginia and pushed for better identification systems of chemicals used by the gas and oil industry for the safety of the public and public officials.
Mr. William Goodwin, Superintendent
Clarksburg Sanitary Board
222 West Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Re: WV/NPDES Permit No. WV0023302 Accepting Oil and Gas Wastewater
Dear Mr. Goodwin:
This correspondence shall serve as the agency's formal response to your e-mail dated May 10, 2009 in which the Clarksburg Sanitary Board (CSB) requested information as to the requirements that would be imposed upon the CSB as a result of accepting oil and gas related wastewaters.
This morning, during routine loading of natural gas liquids (NGLs) to a tractor-trailer at what's called a "load-out facility," a leak occurred. The load-out facility was immediately shut-in and local first responders were notified. Two employees at the facility were evaluated by medical professionals, however no one was injured.
Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with local first responders, a portion of Route 50 was temporarily closed as a small amount of NGLs accumulated around the load-out facility, which is located approximately 200 feet from the highway.
Both MarkWest safety personal and the first responders instituted their response plans to ensure public safety and after it was confirmed all possible NGL product had dissipated, Route 50 was reopened.
MarkWest would like to thank the Smithburg Volunteer Fire Department, Doddridge County EMS and other agencies that were on location for their professionalism and apologize to the motorists who were inconvenienced by this matter.
MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC