The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has collected a $14,440 fine from Williams Ohio Valley Midstream for a violation of the federal Clean Water Act after a four-inch diameter pipeline ruptured in its natural gas gathering and processing system in Marshall County, WV.
EPA spokeswoman Bonnie Smith said the rupture occurred in April 2015. The agency said that when the pipeline ruptured it leaked condensate into nearby waterways. Immediately after the rupture, EPA said a sheen was observed on three local waterways, including Little Grave Creek, a tributary flowing into the Ohio River.
About 132 bbl of natural gas condensate was discharged, EPA said.
The Ohio Valley Midstream system serves northern West Virginia, southwest Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. The company operates the Oak Grove natural gas processing facility near Moundsville, WV. As part of the settlement, EPA said the company did not admit or deny its liability for the spill.
Williams spokesman Joe Horvath said the company reached the settlement in February.
"Within hours of notification of the suspected leak, Williams confirmed and contained it, and took all measures deemed necessary by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to clean and remediate the affected area," he said. "As was the case in this situation, Williams remains committed to operating safely and responsibly and working closely with state and federal agencies to further ensure the safety of communities in which we operate."
No one was hurt in the incident. It's unclear what caused the pipeline to rupture.