UPDATED: Bentworth School District Closed due to Equitrans Midstream Fire

Bentworth schools were closed Friday November 4, 2022 due to a fire on Johnston Road, in close proximity to Bentworth High School, at Equitrans Midstream’s H-108 natural gas transmission line, located in Bentleyville Borough, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

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“Equitrans technicians were immediately dispatched and arrived on location to identify the ignition source as being an ancillary valve that is used to control the flow on the transmission line. The Equitrans technician who was on site closed the ancillary valve to isolate the source, and the flames were extinguished by approximately 7:30am. A preliminary investigation indicates the fire resulted from a small leak in the valve tubing.”

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“Based on information received, there was a fire on a valve located on the gas transmission line located on Johnston Road.  This line is in close proximity to Bentworth High School.  Firefighters, first responders and the gas company responded quickly and were able to extinguish the fire.  The situation is being monitored. At this time, Bentworth School District is scheduled to make today up on Monday, January 16, 2022.”

Pipeline insurance? Did you know??

Natural Gas, Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Are NOT Required to Carry Insurance
Operators of pipelines carrying gasoline, natural gas, natural gas liquids and other hazardous and explosive substances do not have to have insurance or a financial assurance plan. Many pipelines in Pennsylvania follow rights-of-way that were laid out in the 1930s or earlier and houses, apartments and businesses have grown up close to and in some cases within 25 to 50 feet of those pipeline routes.

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