Williams Holding Mock Emergency Training

Preparing for a disaster they hope never happens, Williams Energy officials will sound the alarm at the Moundsville natural gas fractionator at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday as part of emergency training.

“We do not want area residents to be frightened,” Williams spokeswoman Helen Humphreys said.

“It is just a drill, but it is something we feel we should do just in case there is ever a real emergency.”

Located along W.Va. 2 south of Moundsville, the fractionator is one of three major Williams facilities in Marshall County, along with the Oak Grove facility and the Fort Beeler plant.

The Fort Beeler and Oak Grove stations separate natural gas liquids from the dry methane gas, while the fractionator distills the various forms of NGL so they can be marketed individually.

Officials with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection declared the April 5 Williams pipeline rupture near Middle Grave Creek Road an explosion, resulting in fire that scorched trees over a 2-acre area.

However, the DEP did not cite Williams because investigators found no groundwater contamination.

Humphreys said Williams is committed to keeping the community as safe as possible while performing its work in Marshall County.

“Hopefully, everything will go smoothly,” Humphreys said.

Officials at the Blue Racer Midstream Natrium plant in the southern portion of Marshall County also now have an alert system in place that would sound an alarm in the event of an emergency, such as the fire that burned a significant portion of the facility last year.