Flash Fire at Summit Midstream Hereford Plant Injures 3 Workers

Following a flash fire that occurred shortly after 9 am on Wednesday at Summit Midstream’s Hereford Ranch Plant in northern Weld County, three people were taken to area hospitals.

The plant is located in the 67500 block of Weld County Road 71. Denver7 reported that two helicopters and at least one ambulance responded to the scene and two out of the three contractors were thought to be in critical condition.

Blake Motley, spokesman for Summit Midstream, said in an email to The Tribune that three contractors were working on a compressor when the fire ignited and all three contractors were taken to area hospitals for treatment of burns. The fire is under investigation.

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Phase II Construction of Hillabee Expansion Project Kicks Off

Construction on the second phase of Williams’ Hillabee Expansion project in Chilton County, Alabama has officially started. This includes contractor mobilization, environmental training and site preparation at the location of a nearly seven-mile pipeline loop known as the Rock Springs Loop.

The second phase construction also includes horsepower modifications to two existing Transco compressor facilities. It is anticipated to be placed into service next summer and will increase the Transco pipeline’s capacity by an additional 206,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day.

Another work on nearly four-mile Verbena Loop in Choctaw County, Alabama is scheduled to begin in April.

The first phase of the Hillabee project was successfully placed into service in July 2017. This increased Transco pipeline’s capacity in Alabama by 818,410 dekatherms per day and supplied Florida power generators via the new Sabal Trail pipeline.

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Energy Transfer’s Natural Gas Pipeline Ruptures in Missouri

Panhandle Eastern’s fiery rupture of a natural gas line lit up the early-morning sky about one mile north of Mexico, Missouri on Sunday. This will limit the capacity while repairs are being done, Energy Transfer said in a notice.

The rupture took place downstream from the Centralia Compressor Station and occurred about 120 miles from St. Louis. Although the rupture didn’t cause serious injuries, it did interrupt power to several homes, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office noted in a Facebook post.

It took about 40 minutes for the fire to burn the remaining gas and extinguish itself. The flames were so intense that the crews weren't able to battle the blaze when they first arrived, said Little Dixie Fire Protection District Fire Chief Steve Gentry.

In order to clear the debris blown into the air by the explosion, Missouri 15 highway was closed for several hours. The highway was repaired and utility crews replaced several poles and lines. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

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Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline Has Permit for Compressor Station Approved

Dominion Energy received good news as an environmental board in Virginia unanimously approved an air permit for their Atlantic Coast pipeline’s compressor station.

The nearly $7 billion project will stretch from West Virginia to North Carolina and has had several battles to face. In addition to the compressor permit, Dominion has been dealing with legal battles over other state and federal permits.

Dominion suspended all construction on Atlantic Coast after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit stayed the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s Incidental Take Statement, which authorized pipeline construction in areas inhabited by threatened or endangered species.

Before the court issued the stay, Dominion said it expected to complete the 600-mile Atlantic Coast project in mid-2020. Updates on a new schedule and estimated costs will not be released until the company hears the outcome of their request for the Incidental Take Statement to be clarified.

“While the (compressor) approval process has concluded, we know we have to continue building trust in the community,” Karl Neddenien, spokesman for Atlantic Coast said in an email, noting the company will invest in a new community center, a rescue squad and more.

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Reuters