April 20, 2014

Mostly clear

Riding mower cuts into natural gas line

MONTVILLE TWP. — State Route 162 was closed for several hours Wednesday for cleanup of a natural gas leak in front of a home.

Montville police Sgt. Chris LaFond said a resident at 4595 Sharon Copley Road (state Route 162) was riding his lawn mower at about 11:30 a.m. when he struck a gas well connection in his front yard close to the roadway.

Sand covers the area in front of 4595 Sharon Copley Road on Wednesday, where a Montville Township resident struck the connection to a pipeline from natural gas wells, causing oil to and gas to leak. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

“It looked very similar to a geyser,” LaFond said. “It was spilling a yellowish cloud into the air.”

LaFond said no one was injured and no one had to be evacuated.

Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said the gas cloud rose about 15 to 20 feet above the power lines.

Painter said the pipeline is five miles of 5-inch pipe owned by Atlas Energy. It transmits natural gas from local wells, he said.

Oil also spilled onto the road, and the Fire Department and police put down sand to soak it up. He said he wasn’t sure how much oil and gas leaked.

He said representatives from the company took about a half-hour to get to the scene, but they were able to shut off valves and clean up the leak.

The road was closed between state routes 57 and 3, except to local traffic, until about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.webb.790 Jennifer Aylsworth Webb

    How exactly did a riding lawn mower strike a gas line? Should we all be afraid to mow?

  • Jeff Tarr

    I hear strange noises from this location often…..

  • Hacked Kevin

    Do you have to be sober to operate a lawn mower in Medina County?

  • Josephinni

    I thought the annual riding mower race was in the fall ?

  • Hacked Kevin

    I wish I could cut my grass at 11:30 am during the week

  • Amie Appling

    I heard the owners wife is so smart!!! Like Pulitzer Prize novelist!!!!!

  • Robert Appledud

    Never let your brother in law Jeff Tarr mow your lawn

  • Hacked Kevin

    They clearly were shooting an episode for ‘Backyard Oil”. There rich bumpkins now….what a concept….drilling for black gold with a lawnmower!

  • Hacked Kevin

    She makes Zsa Zsa Gabor look like a rocket scientist

  • Hacked Kevin

    Dem Dare Medinanites be so fracking smart