Ascent Resources - Utica, LLC (“Ascent”) in conjunction with Cumberland Trail Fire Department hosted a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) mock exercise this week. The emergency response training exercise was held in the area of mile marker 215 on Interstate 70 west of St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Each year Belmont County is required to complete a series of tabletop exercises, as well as functional drills, which consist of smaller training mechanisms to test a certain skill set. The training exercise that took place today was completed to meet their full-scale drill requirements. This drill is the largest the County conducts and is done at a minimum of every five years. Participants for this exercise included the following:
· Ascent Resources - Utica, LLC
· Belmont County 911
· Belmont County EMA
· Belmont County Engineer
· Belmont County Hazardous Materials Response Team
· Belmont County Sheriff
· Cumberland Trail Fire District (Mutual Aid Fire Departments)
· East Ohio Regional Hospital
· Ohio Oil and Gas Association
· Ohio Emergency Management Agency
· Ohio Department of Environmental Protection
· Ohio Department of Natural Resources
· Ohio Department of Transportation
· Ohio State Highway Patrol
· Ohio Valley Medical Center.
“Assisting Belmont County with this training exercise not only enables Ascent to be better partners with the communities we operate in, but also gives us the ability to evaluate and test our own safety and operational protocols,” said Amanda Finn with Ascent. “Ascent is proud to report that in 2016, their Ohio operations employees successfully worked without a single OSHA recordable injury or reportable spill.”
Ascent would like to thank Wise Trucking and Pilot Thomas Logistics for participating in this important drill, as they set the stage for the emergency response training exercise conducted today. Wise and PTL created the mock disaster as follows:
A fuel truck (PTL) and produced water truck (Wise) impact each other on the Coleman RCH BL lease road on the hill just off the pad. The water truck driver suffers from a heart attack which causes the incident. This incident will create a chain reaction of accident related events and all parties will be evaluated on the following: (1) notification of response agencies, (2) incident assessment, (3) resource management, (4) communication, and (5) population protective actions as well as other criteria.