One person was injured on Friday when a natural gas pipeline ruptured and caused a fire in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

According to WTAE, a nearby resident sustained burn injuries when his home was destroyed by a fire that was sparked by a rupture on the Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline on Friday morning.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital.

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Material Agency said the Texas Eastern pipeline suffered a pipeline failure that resulted in a fire and explosion on a natural gas transmission pipeline located five miles east of Delmont, Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said the Spectra Energy operated line ruptured around 8:30 a.m.  and the pipeline was shut off less than an hour later.

Spectra Energy said the fire was extinguished on Friday and everyone in the evacuation area was accounted for.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the injured man and his family, as well as the community as a whole. We are deeply sorry for the effect this incident has had on the community, and we are committed to taking care of all of those involved….Our care team is working closely with the affected landowners, and an insurance adjuster is on site to ensure their homes and property are safely restored as soon as possible,” Spectra Energy said on Saturday.

The DEP put a one-quarter mile evacuation in effect after the rupture due to residual gases that were expected to burn for several hours.

There are four parallel Texas Eastern lines in affected right-of-way.

Spectra said all of the lines were isolated within an hour of the incident and were depressurized.

Houston-based Spectra added that, out of an abundance of caution, it conducted a controlled release of the gas in the lines.

A natural gas injection well operated by Dominion on-site for storage reservoir observation purposes was shut in after the fire, the DEP said.

A mechanical integrity assessment will be conducted prior to placing the well back in service, the DEP said.

Spectra Energy said on Sunday that six of the nine evacuated households have returned to their homes and a silt fence has been installed to protect a nearby stream from any potential runoff from rain water.

The Pennsylvania DEP has completed air quality monitoring.

Spectra Energy added that it is conducting surface water testing and will continue to work with PHMSA investigators.

The affected section of pipe is 30 inches in diameter and was built in 1981.

Spectra said that an in-line inspection occurred in 2012 and revealed no areas requiring repair or remediation before the next inspection.

“Spectra Energy is committed to taking care of all those involved in the incident in Salem Township and safely restoring the area,” the company said on Monday.


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