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Lightning Strike Hits Gas Storage Tank

A huge natural gas storage tank fire that started after a lightning hit Saturday afternoon in Friendly, West Virginia, was officially declared out early Sunday morning. The blaze ended up extinguished around 5 a.m. Sunday after all-night efforts by local fire departments and state agencies, said officials at the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security […]

SHARP Boosts Bottom Line for WV Fabricator

Somerville Fabricators, Inc. is a full-service fabricator of carbon and stainless structural steel that serves the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic States, plus Canada. Headquartered in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, this 51-year-old family-owned company prides itself in establishing and maintaining a personal relationship with customers and staff. “Somerville’s motto is ‘Where Quality is Our Character’ because the […]

New Safety Rules after Train Chem Spill

Five safety recommendations ended up issued Thursday following the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation of an August 2016 chlorine release from a ruptured tank car near New Martinsville, West Virginia. Eight people were injured in connection with the accident, in which 178,000 pounds of liquefied compressed chlorine released over two-and-a-half hours after a DOT-105 […]

Man Dies after Energy Facility Blast

A worker injured in an explosion at a MarkWest energy facility in Chartiers Township, PA, died. Jeffrey Fisher, of Salem, West Virginia, 61, died December 18 at a hospital burn unit, said officials at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. RELATED STORIES Worker Dies after being Trapped in Machine Three Killed in Cryogenic Industrial Incident […]

WV Water Restart after River Oil Spill

Kenova Municipal Water resumed production Saturday after the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources notified community leaders it was safe to draw water from the Big Sandy River after a Wednesday oil spill. Water service will end up restored once the storage tanks have enough time […]

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