What West Virginia's shoddy tanks held, and where they are

AP News
Posted: May 02, 2015 4:02 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In a statewide survey of chemical tanks, the Department of Environmental Protection recently found about 50 tanks that were not-fit-for-service, but still held chemicals close enough potentially to threaten public water supplies.

Since the survey, state regulators say most operators took their tanks out of commission. The others are monitoring their individual tank issues until they can complete repairs.

The biggest issues were corrosion and inadequate secondary containment safeguards.

Here's a look at what some of the almost 50 tanks held and where they are located, county-by-county.

Oil, brine, gas, or some combination: 30 tanks

Locations: Upshur (7), Raleigh (7), Logan (3), Barbour (2), Jackson (2), Randolph (2), Preston (2), Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis, Mingo, Tucker

Diesel fuel: 6 tanks

Locations: Randolph, Lincoln, Mineral, Berkeley, Tucker, Monongalia

Crude oil: 3 tanks

Locations: Wetzel (3)

Caustic soda (hazardous): 3 tanks

Locations: Marshall, Logan, Mingo

Sulfuric acid (hazardous): 1 tank

Location: Mingo

Largest tanks:

275,000 gallons of caustic soda, Eagle Natrium plant in New Martinsville

63,500 gallons of diesel fuel, Essroc Martinsburg Cement Plant in Martinsburg

20,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Burns Motor Freight in Randolph County

10,000 gallons of sulfuric acid, CONSOL Energy Tug Valley Prep Plant in Mingo County