NW Pa. highway closed by spewing oil from pipeline

BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania highway had to be closed for about five hours when crude oil mixed with natural gas spewed about 60 feet into the air when a valve broke on a pipeline.

Crude oil often accompanies gas drawn from wells. Lafayette Township fire Chief Don Fowler tells the Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/ZYVBd4 ) that the slick oil was being blown across U.S. Route 219 about noon Saturday in neighboring Bradford Township. That’s about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The pipeline is owned by Atlas Energy, which has an office in Mayville, N.Y. where officials did not immediately return a call Monday.

McKean County Emergency Management Director Jerry Rettger couldn’t estimate how much oil or gas was lost. He says the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will hold Atlas responsible for the cleanup.

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Information from: The Bradford Era, http://www.bradfordera.com

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