Weekend fire at Glenwood-area Wolf Creek gas field contained to single building
Black Hill Energy reports that a small fire occurred inside its processing building at the Wolf Creek natural gas storage field south of Four Mile Park late Saturday.
“Automated safety equipment at the facility detected and contained the fire within the unoccupied facility, which sustained minor damage,” according to a company statement issued Wednesday morning.
The Wolf Creek Storage Area is used to store natural gas to serve the Roaring Fork Valley during high demand winter months. The impacted facility is located within the White River National Forest in remote western Pitkin County.
The area remains under deep snow this time of year, and is not accessible by ground except with a snow machine.
“Redundant safety features at our Wolf Creek facilities ensured that damage was limited and contained,” Susan Bailey, president of Colorado gas operations for Black Hills Energy said in the release.
Safety mechanisms at the site include fire, heat and gas detection. The detectors provide real-time notifications to personnel at Black Hills Energy’s 24-hour gas control facilities, and trigger automatic emergency shutdown equipment at the site, according to the news release.
Black Hills is investigating the incident and working with state and federal regulatory agencies to report information and findings.
“The source of ignition in the incident is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected,” according to the release.
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