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Crews hose down leaking western Pa. propane tank

February 4, 2014
Associated Press

SOUTH GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hazardous material crews and firefighters have hosed down a leaking propane tank in western Pennsylvania, which froze helping control the leak so the tank could be emptied safely.

Officials at Ferrellgas were blaming a faulty valve for the leak reported about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Ferrellgas is a national distributor of propane with 11 locations in western and central Pennsylvania. The facility where the 30,000-pound tank was leaking is in South Greensburg, a tiny borough about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

A road near the facility was closed, as were nearby railroad tracks.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Scott Brockelmeyer, spokesman for the Kansas City-based company, says the leak was in one of two connected bulk storage tanks. Both were being emptied and any remaining vapor will be flared out before the valve is replaced.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,



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