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Release Of Natural Gas At Power Plant Rattles Midvalley Residents

December 23, 2018

Noise like a jet engine woke residents this morning when a pressure release valve at the Lackawanna Energy Center power plant sent a plume of natural gas into the air for nearly an hour. The power plant’s owner and operator, Invenergy LLC, was testing a fuel gas compressor when a stop valve closed, according to a statement from the company. The closed valve cut off gas flow to the rest of the plant and caused a UGI pressure release valve to open at 8:08 a.m. UGI, a natural gas utility, delivers fuel to the plant and has a gas yard on site. The release valve opened to prevent the pipeline from overpressurizing, the statement said. It remained open until 8:55 a.m. creating what some residents say was the loudest noise they’ve ever heard come from the plant. Emergency workers, police and UGI technicians arrived quickly, said Jessup Councilman Pete Larioni, who also went up to the plant near the Casey Highway. UGI crews are working to determine specifically what caused the release valve to open, UGI spokesman Joe Swope said. “It generated a lot of noise,” he said, adding that the valve worked as it should. Check back for updates. Contact the writer: joconnell@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9131; @jon_oc on Twitter

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