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County woman is not worried by pipeline blast

September 12, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

This map shows the path of the portion of the Revolution Pipeline within Butler County. Its origin is in the northeast portion of the county, where an EdgeMarc Energy facility sits and gas gathering lines extend slightly to the north. This map is a combination of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation map and a map of the pipeline that its owner, Energy Transfer Partners, issued in a 2016 investor release. A section of the line in Beaver County exploded Monday.

PARKER TWP — The gas line that runs through Twila Best's neighborhood on West Eldorado Road exploded Monday — not here in Butler County, but farther down the line where the gas is being pumped.

Early Monday morning, a point in Beaver County that's roughly midway along the Revolution Pipeline exploded. The pipeline, which is owned by Dallas-based company Energy Transfer Partners, takes methane gas from Butler County to a site in Washington County, according to documentation on the project the company made available to investors during its development.

Best's neighborhood is near the pipeline's northernmost tip, just down the street from the first in a series of large stations where the fuel is compressed and pushed through lines.

“I'm not afraid of it,” Best said. “I grew up with my grandfather pumping wells on our property. I never really thought about it.”

The Revolution Pipeline cuts diagonally across Butler County from its northeast tip to its southwest corner.

The damaged line was a 24-inch gas gathering line, according to the company. The investor documents label much of the line in Butler as the same type of pipe.

Read Wednesday's Butler Eagle for the full story and how emergency crews would handle a similar situation if it happened in Butler County.