Ruptured brine tank startles neighbors
BY STACI WILSON
A brine tank at a natural gas well site in Bridgewater Twp. ruptured last week. Neighbors reported hearing a loud noise at about 5:15 p.m. on Monday coming from the Cabot Oil & Gas Company’s Mead well site near Tiffany Corners.
The cause of the rupture is under investigation, according to Cabot spokesman George Stark.
The fluid in the tank was all captured on site, Stark said. The tanks are located in a contained area in case there is a leak, There was no one present at the time and no one was injured, Stark said.
The brine tank looks like a water tank and is located behind a well. Stark said the tanks are constructed so the top “pops off” is necessary and that is what happened in this case, he said.
Some concerned citizens had reported that a condensate tank had ruptured at the site.
Stark said Cabot does not have condensate tanks at the site. He said condensate tanks typically hold oil and are used in the process of pulling liquid out of the gas. But, he added, the dry gas in the northeast part of the Marcellus does not require the use of the condensate tanks.
“That situation does not exist in Susquehanna County with it being pipeline ready, dry gas,” Stark said.