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Our look at the
Cryogenic Gas Plant
on Route 519 near Houston, PA

  CHARTIERS TOWNSHIP, PA - What a difference a couple years around the Marcellus Shale can make! Ever since MarkWest purchased just over 100-acres of farmland west of Houston, Pa for approximately $5 million in early 2009, construction has been nonstop. Photos on this page illustrate that progress, with development progression photos showing the addition of an electric substation supplied by high voltage towers, and the addition of a railroad line in 2012 for the transportation of gas liquids (like propane) by rail.

Gas liquids storage vessel under construction


September 15, 2013 FLIR
 

 

Local residents are getting sick and tired of all the massive black smoke burnoffs at the MarkWest Plant near Houston, Pa!
MarkWest calls these frequent incidents "upsets."
Local residents are definitely upset about them!



October 12, 2013

 

Shale gas liquids by rail


PAGE INDEX


Cryogenic plant
February 2012 photo

28-acres of the 106-acres purchased for this facility were taken off Clean & Green (C&G) favorable tax status in 2010, changing the Washington County taxation rating to "Industrial." This change increased county taxes from $103 per year in 2008 to $8,732 per year in 2011.

July 2011 construction activities at MarkWest plant in Houston Pa
Ongoing construction at the MarkWest plant
July 2011

The pace of construction has been brisk at this rapidly growing cryogenic facility in Chartiers Township. MarkWest has also built numerous compressor stations around Washington County, Pa, numbering around a dozen at the end of 2010.

Neighbors living near the MarkWest plant in Houston, Pa were treated to a Sunday afternoon 'burn-off' on September 18, 2011
[Video]

 

Compressor stations that initially began with two compressors were shortly afterwards converted to four or five compressor stations, addressing the ever increasing demand for compression to move Marcellus Shale gas. Pipeline construction between Marcellus gas wells, compressor stations and this large cyrogenic facility is proceeding nonstop into 2011.

Cryogenic facility expansion continues in July 2011
July 2011

This Houston plant comes on the heels of five other new gas plants constructed by MarkWest in the Appalachia region over a 10-year period: Boldman, KY in 1996, Kenova, WV in 1997, Maytown, KY in 2000, Kermit, WV in 2001 and Cobb, WV in 2005.

MarkWest's most controversial Pennsylvania project to date is construction of the Welling Compressor Station near Washington, Pa. With construction due to be completed in March 2012, it will be one of the largest compressor stations in the US with 14 compressors. Total compression horsepower will more than double what was situated next to DISH, Texas in 2010.

MarkWest is headquartered in Denver Colorado.
 


 

PERMITTING

Excerpt from Pa. DEP Plan Approval dated October 4, 2012:

This is a major Title V facility for CO and greenhouse gas emissions and as such, actual emissions may equal or exceed the following in any consecutive 12-month period:

100.0 tons of CO (CARBON MONOXIDE)

100,000 tons of CO2e (CARBON DIOXIDE EQUIVALENT)

100.0 tons of CO2 (CARBON DIOXIDE)

100.0 tons of CH4 (METHANE)

This is a natural minor facility with respect to all remaining pollutants and as such, actual emissions can not equal or exceed the following in any consecutive 12-month period:

100.0 tons of NOx (NITROGEN OXIDES)

100.0 tons of SOx (SULFUR OXIDES)

100.0 tons of PM-10 (PARTICULATE MATTER < 10 MICRONS)

50.0 tons of VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS)

10.0 tons of a SINGLE HAP (HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANT)

25.0 tons of ALL HAP COMBINED


Comments due by September 24, 2012

PENNSYLVANIA BULLETIN, VOL. 42, NO. 34, AUGUST 25, 2012

Intent to Issue Plan Approvals and Intent to Issue or Amend Operating Permits under the Air Pollution Control Act and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 127, Subchapter B. These actions may include the administrative amendments of an associated operating permit.

63-00936F: MarkWest Liberty Midstream and Resources, LLC (1515 Arapahoe Street Tower 2, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202-2126) Notice is hereby given in accordance with 25 Pa. Code §§ 127.44—127.46 that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) intends to issue Air Quality Plan Approval: PA-63-00936F to allow the installation and initial temporary operation of a deethanizer, depropanizer, 113.2 MMBtu/hr hot oil heater, 5.5 MMBtu/hr regenerative heater, and rail load-out vapor recovery system at the Houston Gas Plant located in Chartiers Township, Washington County.

This authorization also allows for increased throughputs of most natural gas liquids from the Houston Gas Plant. Potential to emit increases from the new sources including the modified rail load-out terminal are estimated to be 18.73 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 27.06 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), 15.74 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 2.67 tons of particulate matter (PM), 0.15 ton of total hazardous air pollutants (HAP), and 70,620 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per year. Best available technology (BAT) for the proposed sources is implementation of a leak detection and repair (LDAR) program, use of ultra-low NOx burners including flue gas recirculation (FGR) and staged fuel combustion, and good combustion practices including operation and maintenance according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The authorization is subject to State regulations including 25 Pa. Code §§ 123.1, 123.2, and 123.31; and Federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) including 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart KKK for equipment leaks of VOC from onshore natural gas processing plants. The reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in the form of CO2 equivalent and on a mass basis has also been included in this Plan Approval. Plan Approval has been conditioned to ensure compliance with all applicable rules. This includes testing, work practice, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting conditions. Once compliance with the Plan Approval is demonstrated, the applicant will subsequently submit a revision to its pending Title V Operating Permit (TVOP) application as necessary in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Subchapters F and G.

Those who wish to provide the Department with additional written information that they believe should be considered prior to the issuance of the Plan Approval may submit the information to Alan Binder, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222. Each written comment must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the comments, identification of the proposed Plan Approval (PA-63-00936F) and a concise statement regarding the relevancy of the information or objections to issuance of the Plan Approval. All comments must be received prior to the close of business 30 days after the date of this publication. For additional information you may contact Alan Binder at 412-442-4168.


September 13, 2012 Permit Update

Authorization ID:

921014

Permit number:

63-00936F

Site:

HOUSTON GAS PLT

Client:

MARKWEST LIBERTY MIDSTREAM & RESOURCES LLC

Authorization type:

Minor Facility Plan Approval New Source Performance Std

Application type:

New

Authorization is for:

FACILITY

Date received:

03/30/2012

Status:

Pending

Sub-Facilities for Authorization

Sub-Facility ID

Sub-Facility Name

Description

1047679

ENCLOSED FLARE

Air Pollution Control Device

1084925

HOT OIL HEATER

Combustion Unit

1084948

HOUSTON DEETHANIZER

Process

1047676

RAIL LOAD-OUT TERMINAL

Process

1084923

VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM

Air Pollution Control Device

1084942

WV DEPROPANIZER

Process


PENNSYLVANIA BULLETIN
December 24, 2011

Southwest Region: Air Quality Program, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745 Contact: Mark Gorog and Barb Hatch, Environmental Engineer Managers—Telephone: 412-442-4163/5226

63-00936E: MarkWest Liberty Midstream and Resources, LLC (1515 Arapahoe Street Tower 2, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202-2126) on December 8, 2011, to install and begin initial temporary operation of a rail load-out terminal for the transfer of up to 402 million gallons of natural gas liquids produced at the Houston Gas Plant located in Chartiers Township, Washington County.

Links:
Train car explosions carrying propane and iso-butane (YouTube 1:45)

 

 

Executive Summary - October 10, 2011
Excerpt from the Risk Management Plan (RMP)
Source: Right-to-Know Network

DESCRIPTION OF THE STATIONARY SOURCE AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES

The Houston Gas Plant processes raw gas from a field gathering system. Produced natural gas is brought into the plant where it is first dehydrated to remove water. The gas is then sent through refrigeration dew point control units where the condensable liquids will be extracted from the methane gas stream. The gas is then sent through the turbo expander for additional pressure drop and liquids removal. After passing through the turbo expander both the gas and liquids are sent to the deethanizer tower through different inlet trays. The gas rises through the top and is ready to be sent into the sales pipeline. The liquids are separated and sent through the bottom and to the surge tank and depropanzier. A fractionator process then takes the B-G liquids and separates the iso- and normal- butane leaving natural gasoline.

Liquids are brought into the plant at the slug catchers and then are taken to the stabilizer where they are heated and separated, with the gas going back into the inlet process as described above. The liquids are introduced into a depropanizer for separation into propane and B-G mixes. Additional liquids will be brought into the plant and stored in Y-grade tanks for storage prior to entering the stabilizer and the remainder of the process.

A fractionator process then takes the B-G liquids and separates the iso- and normal- butane leaving natural gasoline. The butanes are stored in presssurized vessels and the natural gasoline is stored in atmospheric tanks with a control.

Regulated substances that are currently stored or will be stored through the time of predictive filing in this RMP include propane storage tanks, B-G mix tanks (flammable mixture), Y-grade tanks (flammable mixture), iso-butane tanks, normal-butane tanks, natural gasoline (flammable mixture), and liquids in the slug catchers inlet (flammable mixture).
 

 

December 11, 2011
Pennsylvania DEP Permitting
Houston Gas Plant

Authorization ID: 870568
Permit number: 63-00936E
Site: HOUSTON GAS PLANT
Client: MARKWEST LIBERTY MIDSTREAM & RESOURCES LLC
Authorization type: Minor Facility Plan Approval New Source Performance Std
Application type: New
Authorization is for: FACILITY
Date received: 03/07/2011
Status: Pending

Sub-Facilities for Authorization

Sub-Facility ID Sub-Facility Name Description
1047679 ENCLOSED FLARE Air Pollution Control Device
1047676 RAIL LOAD-OUT TERMINAL Process
Task - Sub Task

Status

Start Date

Due Date

Date Completed

Begin/End Administrative Review

 

3/7/2011

3/22/2011

5/11/2011

B/E Appl Complete Review

On the Clock

3/11/2011

3/26/2011

5/11/2011

Participate in Phone Call

Off the Clock

3/11/2011

3/11/2011

3/11/2011

Send Deficiency Notice/Receive Response

Off the Clock

4/25/2011

4/25/2011

5/11/2011

Begin/End Technical Review 1

 

6/24/2011

8/18/2011

10/15/2011

B/E App Engineering Review

On the Clock

6/24/2011

8/18/2011

8/3/2011

Participate in Phone Call

Off the Clock

7/14/2011

7/14/2011

8/1/2011

Send Draft Permit/End of Comment Prd

Off the Clock

8/6/2011

8/6/2011

10/15/2011

Begin/End Technical Review 2

 

10/15/2011

12/9/2011

12/8/2011

B/E App Engineering Review

On the Clock

10/15/2011

12/9/2011

12/8/2011

B/E EPA Comments

On the Clock

11/7/2011

11/7/2011

12/7/2011

Begin/End Decision Review

 

 

 

 

Receive Response(s)/Make a Decision

On the Clock

 

 

 

 
 

September 13, 2011

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
 
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE AN AIR QUALITY PLAN APPROVAL

Notice is hereby given in accordance with 25 PA Code §§ 127.44(b) that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) intends to issue Air Quality Plan Approval: PA-63-00936E to MarkWest Liberty Midstream Resources, LLC, 1515 Arapahoe Street Tower 2, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202-2126, to allow the installation and initial temporary operation of a rail load-out expansion for the transfer of up to 402 million gallons of natural gas liquids produced at the Houston Gas Plant located in Chartiers Township, Washington County
Potential to emit from the rail load-out expansion is estimated to be 4.53 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 24.63 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), 9.85 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 1.03 tons of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), and 9,387 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per  year.  Best available technology (BAT) for the proposed sources is the load-out of natural gas liquids into railcars under positive pressure or under normal pressure conditions with control by a vapor collection unit and enclosed flare.  Minimization of natural gas liquids loss during loading hose disconnects and equipment inspection for the presence of leaks is also required.  The authorization is subject to State regulations including 25 Pa. Code §129.57.  The reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the form of CO2 equivalent and on a mass basis has also been included in this Plan Approval.  Plan Approval has been conditioned to ensure compliance with all applicable rules.  This includes testing, work practice, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting conditions.  Once compliance with the Plan Approval is demonstrated, the applicant will subsequently apply for or amend a Title V Operating Permit in accordance with Pa. Code Title 25 Subchapter F.  Houston Gas Plant has become a Title V facility based solely on GHG emissions through Step 2 of U.S. EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule.
Interested persons may submit written comments, suggestions or objections concerning the proposed Plan Approval to the regional office within 30 days of publication of this notice.  Written comments submitted to the Department during the 30-day public comment period shall include the following:
Name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the comments.
Identification of the proposed Plan Approval (PA-63-00936E).
Concise statements regarding the relevancy of the information or objections to issuance of the Plan Approval. 
A public hearing may be held if the Department of Environmental Protection, in its discretion, decides that such a hearing is warranted based on the comments received.  All persons submitting comments or requesting a hearing will be notified of the decision to hold a hearing by publication in the newspaper or the Pennsylvania Bulletin or by telephone, where DEP determines such a notification is sufficient.  Written comments or requests for a public hearing should be directed to Alan Binder, Air Quality, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  For additional information you may contact Alan Binder at 412-442-4168.

 
 

PROJECT MARINER OVERVIEW

A purity-ethane project to the Gulf Coast will maximize producer economics

  • MarkWest Liberty will modify the Houston and Majorsville plants to recover ethane.
  • MarkWest Liberty will construct a 45-mile liquid ethane pipeline.
  • Sunoco Logistics will convert its existing 250-mile, 8-inch refined products pipeline running across Pennsylvania to liquid ethane service. The pipeline will have a capacity of approximately 50,000 bbl/day.
  • Sunoco Logistics will construct refrigerated ethane store facilities and load it onto refrigerated LPG carriers. LPG carriers will transport the ethane to Gulf Coast markets.
  • The Mariner Project will be operational in 2012.

 

NiSource Midstream Services and MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources Announce Commencement of Majorsville Processing Complex

HOUSTON and DENVER
PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network

September 27, 2010 - PRESS RELEASE
Source: NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage

NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage unit NiSource Midstream Services (NMS), and MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, L.L.C., a partnership between MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. and The Energy & Minerals Group, today announced the commencement of operations of jointly developed natural gas gathering, processing, and transmission projects in Majorsville, West Virginia.

The Majorsville complex is the first integrated gathering and processing system serving Marcellus production in northern West Virginia and significantly augments the midstream infrastructure that NMS and MarkWest Liberty independently operate in southwest Pennsylvania. The gathering and processing facilities are fully contracted and will serve various producers, including affiliates of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Chief Oil & Gas, CONSOL Energy/CNX Gas, Range Resources, and Statoil.

On August 1, 2010, NMS completed a re-functionalization of pipeline and compression assets in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including the re-commissioning of the Majorsville compressor station. The pipeline and compression assets allow NMS to gather and deliver 88,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of liquid-rich Marcellus gas production from Washington and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania and 250,000 Dth/d from Marshall, Wetzel, and Doddridge Counties in West Virginia to the new MarkWest Liberty Majorsville processing plant. Residue gas from the processing plant is currently delivered into the NGT&S interstate pipeline system and, in October, construction will begin on a pipeline to deliver residue gas to the Texas Eastern Windridge compressor that will provide significant additional outlet capacity to eastern markets. A January 2011 in-service date is planned.

On September 7, 2010, MarkWest Liberty commenced operations of a 120 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) cryogenic natural gas processing plant at the Majorsville complex and a 35-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline that connects the Majorsville complex to MarkWest Liberty's midstream complex in Houston, Pennsylvania, where NGLs are fractionated, transported, stored, and marketed into high-value markets in the northeastern United States.

In 2011, MarkWest Liberty plans to expand its cryogenic processing capacity at the Majorsville complex to 270 MMcf/d. Concurrently, the Houston cryogenic processing capacity will be expanded from 155 MMcf/d to 355 MMcf/d. To accommodate the significant increase in NGL production resulting from the processing expansions, MarkWest Liberty is constructing fractionation capacity of 60,000 barrels per day, which will allow for the production of commercial iso-butane, normal butane, and natural gasoline in addition to the current capabilities of producing purity propane. When combined with an existing 24,000 barrel per day fractionation, storage, and marketing facility near Portsmouth, Ohio, MarkWest's combined NGL infrastructure in the Marcellus and Appalachian basin will include nearly 85,000 barrels per day of fractionation, storage, and marketing capacity.

"With the commencement of the Majorsville processing complex, producers in the Marcellus Shale region will now have access to the additional capacity they have long needed to move their gas to downstream markets," said Christopher A. Helms, executive vice president and group CEO for NGT&S. "A significant initiative for NGT&S is to offer new solutions to customers for transportation of supplies to valuable markets, and our joint project with MarkWest Liberty is a great example of this. We will continue our strategy of disciplined investment in growth projects to adapt our system to provide critical services to our customers."

"We are pleased to jointly announce with NiSource Midstream Services the commencement of the Majorsville gathering, processing, and transmission complex," commented Frank Semple, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MarkWest. "MarkWest Liberty is the largest provider of midstream services in the Marcellus and we continue to invest a significant amount of capital to provide the critical midstream infrastructure necessary to economically develop this world-class resource. The Majorsville expansion further demonstrates MarkWest Liberty's commitment to develop the facilities required to meet our producer customers' long-term needs."

For more information about NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, please visit www.ngts.com.

As units of NiSource, Inc., the NGT&S companies include Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, Hardy Storage, Millennium Pipeline and NiSource Midstream Services. Combined, the companies operate about 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline and 37 storage fields, delivering over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year.

About NiSource

NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), based in Merrillville, Ind., is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to more than 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Information about NiSource and its subsidiaries is available via the Internet at www.nisource.com. NI-F

About MarkWest Energy Partners

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership engaged in the gathering, transportation, and processing of natural gas; the transportation, fractionation, marketing, and storage of natural gas liquids; and the gathering and transportation of crude oil. MarkWest has extensive natural gas gathering, processing, and transmission operations in the southwest, Gulf Coast, and northeast regions of the United States, including the Marcellus Shale, and is the largest natural gas processor in the Appalachian region.

About The Energy & Minerals Group

The Energy & Minerals Group is the management company for a series of private equity funds totaling in excess of $2 billion of commitments. EMG focuses exclusively on making direct investments across the natural resources industry in conjunction with experienced management teams focused on hard assets that are integral to existing and growing markets.

NiSource Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of NiSource and its management. Although NiSource believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its goals will be achieved. Readers are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this news release are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and that actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: weather; fluctuations in supply and demand for energy commodities; growth opportunities for NiSource's businesses; increased competition in deregulated energy markets; the success of regulatory and commercial initiatives; dealings with third parties over whom NiSource has no control; actual operating experience of NiSource's assets; the regulatory process; regulatory and legislative changes; the impact of potential new environmental laws or regulations; the results of material litigation; changes in pension funding requirements; changes in general economic, capital and commodity market conditions; and counter-party credit risk, and the matters set forth in the "Risk Factors" section in NiSource's 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-Q, many of which risks are beyond the control of NiSource. NiSource expressly disclaims a duty to update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release.

MarkWest Energy Partners Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements." All statements other than statements of historical facts included or incorporated herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary significantly from those expressed or implied in such statements and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Although MarkWest believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, MarkWest can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that affect operations, financial performance, and other factors as discussed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the factors that could cause results to differ materially are those risks discussed in periodic reports filed with the SEC, including MarkWest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. You are urged to carefully review and consider the cautionary statements and other disclosures made in those filings, specifically those under the heading "Risk Factors." MarkWest does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement except as required by law.

SOURCE: NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage
 

Photos of construction at the
MarkWest Cryogenic Plant
near Houston, Pa

MARKWEST LIBERTY GAS GATERING LLC HOUSTON PA PROJECT SITE
Initial construction sign in 2009
 
 
Marcellus Shale gas processing plant
MarkWest's hilltop facility
  
 
MARKWEST MARCELLUS GAS PROCESSING PLANT
In 2011, MarkWest Liberty plans to expand its cryogenic
processing capacity at the Houston plant
from 155 MMcf/d to 355 MMcf/d

  
  
MARKWEST IN HOUSTON
MarkWest's cryogenic plant near Houston, Pa
  
  
MARKWEST PROCESSING PLANT
  
  
MarkWest gas pipeline
One of the many gas pipelines running
into the MarkWest plant
 
 
MarkWest pipeyard
MarkWest pipe yard in Westland, Pa near the Renz Well,
the first Marcellus Shale gas well
 
 
Houston Pennsylvania MARKWEST plant
Early fall 2010
 
 
Liquefied gas storage
Liquified gas storage is ever expanding
 
 
LPG tanks
   
 
Trucks in Houston Pennsylvania
Liquefied Petroleum Gas - LPG - leaving the Houston plant
through the small town of Houston Pennsylvania
 
 
Liquefied petroleum gas tanker
Liquefied Marcellus gas leaving the MarkWest
plant on Route 50 through Hickory, Pa.
 
 
LPG tanker holding up traffic
Liquids from 'wet' gas in SW Pennsylvania
are more profitable than methane
 
 
Winter construction on the MarkWest plant near Houston
Early 2010 winter construction
 
 
High voltage electric tower
Electric supply towers erected in late-2010 to supply
the new electric substation shown below
 
 
MarkWest electric substation
Late 2010
New electric substation construction nearing
completion near Route 519
 
 
MarkWest flare
New larger flare installed following the
initial smaller flare to the right
 
 
MARKWEST - LIBERTY MIDSTREAM & RESOURCES, L.L.C. sign
More permanent sign installed at the entrance
 
 
January 2011
Looking up at new construction from Rte 519
 
 
LNG tanks onsite
 
 
Allegheny Power substation
New Allegheny Power substation will provide electricity for
expanded processing activities in 2011 and beyond
 
 
High voltage electric towers
January 2011
New high voltage towers installed along Route 519
 
 
Mark West facility near Houston Pennsylvania
Looking up at the rapidly expanding facility from Rt 519
 
 
December 2011
MarkWest Gas Processing Plant
Marcellus gas processing plant
Westland, Pa and pipeline construction in the distance
 
MarkWest Gas Processing near Houston Pa
MarkWest facility with new flares and pipelines
 
Marcellus liquefied petroleum gas
Liquefied gas storage continues to expand
 
LPG tanker loading area
Loading area for LPG tractor trailers
 
Marcellus wet gas processing facility
Most locally produced 'wet' gas ends up here
 
LPG tank farm
Another pad for the growing tank farm
 
Flare stacks
Neighbors report this flare stack can create
a 100-foot tall flame, usually at night
 
Ethane rail line construction
Piles of railroad ties and construction activities
related to the rail load-out expansion
 
How to decrease property value!
The initial rail load-out will allow for the transfer of up to 402 million gallons of natural gas liquids, with the potential to emit an estimated 4.53 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 24.63 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), 9.85 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 1.03 tons of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), and 9,387 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per  year.

Video of rail load-out expansion plans (3:05)

Train car explosions carrying propane and iso-butane (1:45)
 

  
 

RAIL LOAD-OUT EXCAVATION
MAY 6, 2012
MarkWest Load-Out excavation
  400 railcar switching yard under construction
MarkWest railyard
 
 
Four railspur loadout
Railcar Loading Site under construction
LNG loadout
 
 
 
 
 
WESTLAND
  Westland, Pa on left
 
Westland LNG Plant
Nearby MarkWest plant separates gas liquids
for truck and rail shipments
 

 
 

Propane trains
Compressor stations
Mobley WV Gas Plant
Calvin Tillman talks about Dish, Texas
Pam Judy - Living next to a compressor station

 
  

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