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Markwest reopens 2 of 3 plants after lightning

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 2, 2014 at 7:35 am •  Published: June 2, 2014

HOUSTON, Pa. (AP) — MarkWest Energy Partners says it has reopened two of three plants at a natural gas processing facility in southwestern Pennsylvania gas refinery that was struck by lightning last week.

The third plant at the Chartiers Township facility was still being repaired after what MarkWest is calling a "weather-related incident" on May 28.

MarkWest says in a news release Monday that damage to the third plant was confined to a heat exchanger.

The company says it is routing some gas to its Majorsville complex in Marshall County, West Virginia, until all three plants at the Pennsylvania facility are operating.

Dozens of residents were evacuated for more than three hours after Washington County emergency management officials said lightning struck the plant last week, prompting a natural gas leak.

The plant is located about 15 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.


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