UPDATE: EQT statement says cause of station incident still unknown

Published: Sep. 29, 2017 at 8:08 AM EDT
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EQT Midstream Partners has issued the following statement on the explosion that happened Friday morning:

"On Friday, September 29, 2017, at approximately 7:00 am, a condensate tank ignited at EQT Midstream Partners’ Saturn compressor station located in West Union, Doddridge County, West Virginia. The Saturn facility was immediately locked down and all emergency services personnel, as well as the WV DEP were notified. Emergency services were dispatched to the site and the flow of gas to the station was terminated. There were no injuries and, out of an abundance of caution, approximately 20 homes located within a half-mile of the station were evacuated as a safety protocol. At approximately 11:15am, the incident was fully secured and stabilized; the evacuation was lifted by the local emergency coordinator and neighbors were returned to their homes.

All liquid remained in the concrete containment area and there was no impact to groundwater sources or nearby streams. Together with EQT personnel, emergency services crews have begun the process of evaluating and isolating the ignition source to ensure the incident remains under control. At this time the cause of the ignition is unknown and a full root-cause analysis and investigation of the incident has begun."

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According to authorities on scene with the Pennsboro Fire Department, the explosion happened at Sam Cavins and the Central Compression Station.

The area is blocked off about about a mile outside of the explosion site from where our reporter is.

Evacuations in the area have wrapped up.

911 officials say officials are still on scene but the incident appears to be under control.

Doddridge County Emergency Services, Doddridge Fire, Ritchie Fire, Ellenboro Fire, Harrisville Fire, and Pennsboro Fire Departments responded to the scene.

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A reported explosion at a compression station in Doddridge County is prompting evacuations in the area of the station, Friday morning.

According to officials at the Doddridge County Sheriffs Department, the explosion happened at the compression station on Central Station Road.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Authorities are headed to the scene to begin evacuations in the area surrounding Central Station Road.

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