Pa.: No fine after 2012 compressor station blast

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental regulators say the operator of a Susquehanna County natural gas compressor station damaged by an explosion and fire last year will not be fined over the mishap.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it determined that Williams Partners LP did not violate any state or federal rules.

The March 2012 explosion at the Lathrop compressor station in Springville Township, about 30 miles northwest of Scranton, ripped the sides and roof off the building. One person was slightly injured.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports (http://bit.ly/16xc1iG ) that DEP concluded the blast was caused by human error. DEP says a worker failed to lock down a compressor during maintenance and other workers then began to turn the engine back on, triggering the explosion.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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