DRIVER RATTLED, BUT UNHURT
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
TOWN OF BURLINGTON – An empty XNG truck en route south from the company’s Little Falls plant went off Route 205 about two miles south of Route 80 at 8:20 a.m. today, according to county Emergency Services Director Art Klinger.
The driver was shook-up, but was able to tell emergency personnel arriving at the scene that the tanker was empty, Klinger said.
“There was no release of gas at any time,” XNG Vice President Matt Smith emphasized in an email received a few moments ago.
If the truck had been heading north from XNG’s northeast Pennsylvania’s plant, it would have been full and presented more of a challenge.
“While the accident is still being investigated, there was no evidence of any mechanical issue and no other vehicle was involved,” said Smith, continuing, ” Our safety and response team was dispatched. XNG personnel arrived within 20 minutes of notice to provide support and manage the tow-away. ”
The XNG team joined the Fly Creek Fire Department, sheriff’s deputies and county emergency services personnel, Klinger said. Chuck’s Towing from Richfield Springs and another towing service from Clinton were called to the scene and set the truck upright, Klinger said.
“We are sincerely appreciative of the rapid response and professionalism of the first responders involved, particularly the Fly Creek fire department and local police,” Smith said, who helped conduct the local training sessions Aug. 8 at The Meadows.
Because emergency personnel, including Fly Creek firefighters, had undergone the day-long training at the Meadows, the mishap was handled with more confidence than otherwise, Klinger said.
A number of XNG trucks – company officials and anti-gas activists provide different numbers – began cross the county in February, delivering natural gas from the Pennsylvania fracking fields to the company’s Town of Mannheim plant outside Little Falls, where it is put in the Iroquois Pipeline that proceeds to the Eastern Seaboard. XNG also delivers natural gas to a number of plants throughout Central New York.
The route through Otsego County is up Route 205 from Oneonta’s west end, east on Route 80, then up Route 28 along Canadarago Lake, through Richfield Springs, before heading down Vickerman Hill to Mohawk.