No injuries in Talisman incident Gas ignition being investigated
TROY TWP. - Terri Kelley was doing paperwork at her Troy Township home late last month when she heard a loud noise.
"Everybody heard it," she said. "It was just a big boom."
The noise was the result of an incident at Talisman Energy USA Inc.'s Thomas compressor station sometime after 11 p.m. on Feb. 27 on Buckwheat Road in Troy Township.
According to Amy H. Gilbert, stakeholder relations advisor for Talisman, the incident is under investigation, and it appears that an accidental release of natural gas inside the compression station briefly ignited, causing damage.
"When Talisman responded to the location, they determined there was damage to both the building and the compressors," she said. "No one was injured during the incident, which was contained within the building."
She noted that an automatic, emergency shut-down system stopped the flow of natural gas to the station at the time of the alarm.
She said employees verified that no gas was present in the station before beginning to investigate the cause of the incident.
"Gas flow to the compressor will remain shut off while the investigation takes place," she commented.
"On the day of the incident, Talisman notified Bradford County Emergency Services, the Department of Environmental Protection and other local officials," she said.
According to Gilbert, the cause of the incident may take several days, if not weeks, to determine.
The damage to the facility was still visible Thursday.
Kelley said that after she heard the noise that night, she saw the lights of a pick-up truck as it came in "right away."
"Other neighbors wondered what the heck was going on."
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