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Hazmat Incident At Boot Road Was Energy Transfer Vapor Release

Patch logo Patch 6/1/2021 Marlene Lang
a sign on the side of a ramp: Energy Transfer Partners called 911 after a leak of hydrocarbon vapors was found at the Boot Road pumping station Monday night. © Rachel Nunes/Patch Energy Transfer Partners called 911 after a leak of hydrocarbon vapors was found at the Boot Road pumping station Monday night.

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, PA — Chester County Department of Emergency Services reported today that an incident at the Boot Road pumping station in West Goshen Township was a small release of hydrocarbons inside the pump station facility.

On Monday night the Energy Transfer Partners control room called 9-1-1 to report they were receiving a vapor detector alarm at the Boot Road pumping station, 1261 Boot Road, in West Goshen Township, according to Patty Mains, Assistant Director for External Liaison and Public Information for the Chester County Department of Emergency Services.

Mains reported that Energy Transfer Partners stated the alarm they received indicated a small leak of hydrocarbons inside the pump station facility with no hydrocarbons detected on the outside of the pump station building. Energy Transfer requested to 9-1-1 that emergency responders be dispatched out of an abundance of caution, Emergency Services said.

Goshen Fire Company and West Goshen Police were dispatched around 10:19 p.m. as other first responders and the Chester County Hazardous Materials Response Team (Hazmat Team) assisted, the county reported.

Goshen Fire Company and the Hazmat Team used monitoring equipment to measure air quality with no elevated readings outside the building, Chesco Emergency Services reported Tuesday afternoon.

Energy Transfer indicated to responders that there was a small leak at a secondary seal and the Fire Company and HazMat Team confirmed that the station was placed into maintenance mode, the lines in the station were drained and that there was no additional hazard before leaving the scene, Emergency Services reported.

All first responder units cleared and reopened Boot Road just after midnight. Energy Transfer had a crew on-site at the pump station Tuesday, the county reported.

Energy Transfer Partners, with Sunoco, operates the Mariner East 2 project to expand existing Mariner East pipeline service to deliver natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions for distribution to domestic and international markets via a 20-inch pipeline, according to the Chester County Planning Commission.

Patch has sought comment about Monday night's hydrocarbon release from Energy Transfer and will update this report with that information when it is received.

Emergency Services reported the incident as a fire and hazmat incident. A subsequent official report said Goshen Fire Department crews responded, but did not report a fire.

View Chester County's map of Energy Transfer's pipeline access project and other information about Energy Transfer's projects in Chester County here.

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