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