Four Hurt In Tyler Blast

MIDDLEBOURNE – Tyler County Emergency Management Director Tom Cooper said three workers were transported by medical helicopter after being injured at the Twin Hickories natural gas compressor station near Wick late Thursday.

Cooper said one of the workers was initially taken to a local hospital before being flown to another hospital. The other workers were flown from the scene of the explosion to a hospital outside the local area.

“We would consider it an explosion,” Cooper said late Thursday. “It is under control now, as units are leaving the scene.”

Cooper said a compressor station is different from a natural gas well. A compressor station is placed along natural gas pipelines to help propel the gas through the lines.

There are compressor stations near The Highlands in Ohio County, as well as in the Sand Hill area of Marshall County.

Cooper said he was not sure who owned the Tyler County compressor station. According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, companies currently operating in the county include Magnum Hunter Resources, Antero Resources, Gastar Exploration, EQT Corp., HG Energy and Jay-Bee Oil & Gas.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement indicating the explosion occurred about 7 p.m. A Eureka Hunter employee reported storage tanks were on fire following the blast.

The sheriff’s department indicated a fourth person was injured and transported to Sistersville General Hospital. The cause of the blast was unknown and remained under investigation.