Investigations under way after fire at Bluewater Natural Gas Storage facility in Michigan

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Investigations are under way following an incident and related fire that occurred Wednesday morning at the Bluewater Natural Gas Storage facility in Michigan. 9:00 a.m. EST.

A fire ignited in the gas handling portion of the Bluewater Natural Gas Storage facility, which is located in St. Clair County, Michigan. Emergency shut-off valves immediately activated, and the fire was extinguished within minutes.

One employee received minor burns because of the accident.

The gas handling portion of the facility is currently shut down and secured.

Owner and operator of the facility, PAA Natural Gas Storage (NYSE:PNG) quickly responded to the incident stating that the company notified appropriate regulatory agencies and is investigating the cause of the accident.

The Bluewater Natural Gas Storage facility is located in two depleted reservoirs that has 26 billion cubic feet of working capacity and interconnects with six different pipelines.

Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA) is a general partner in the storage facility and holds the majority interest in the partnership.

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