MONDAY UPDATE: Pine Grove Residents Asked Not To Drink Water Until Testing is Complete

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MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE: 

MarkWest reports they are continuing to work alongside regulatory agencies, and local and government officials. In a news release Monday night, MarkWest said they are leading and coordinating environmental remediation efforts associated with Saturday’s heat transfer oil release.

The initial sampling was taken on Saturday, and indicated the heat transfer oil did reach the inlet of  the Pine Grove fresh water treatment facility. However, MarkWest said the spill was contained and did not enter the public drinking water. Additional testing was done on Sunday and Monday, and a full analysis is being prepared. 

MarkWest said they will share the findings with the public and the agencies they are working with when the information is available. 

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE:

MarkWest Energy Partners held a meeting to update the Pine Grove council and mayor, Wetzel County officials, including first responders, as well representatives from the W.Va. DEP, W.Va. Bureau of Public Health and the U.S. EPA.

Initial sampling suggested that while oil did reach the inlet of the Pine Grove fresh water treatment facility, the oil was contained within the facility and did not enter the public drinking water.

Officials in Pine Grove are still asking residents not to drink or bathe in the water until all of the testing is complete. 

MarkWest detailed the work around the clock to ensure that all necessary resources are being utilized to protect public health and the environment. The meeting also provided an opportunity for government officials to provide their input and suggestions on this collaborative response effort.

More extensive sampling is being conducted and residents are invited to call  304-212-0172 if they want their residence’s water individually tested. Third-party experts are undertaking a broad range of public and private drinking water samples. The service is available to all Pine Grove residents by calling the number above and will follow an established quality assurance plan, as required by U.S. EPA. MarkWest will communicate water sample results with residents as they become available.

Additionally, out of abundance of caution and at the request of the Pine Grove Mayor and town officials, residents can also utilize the phone number listed above 304-212-0172 to speak directly with third-party public health experts, should they have any questions or concerns.

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