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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pennsylvania Gas Well Fire Continues to Burn; Leaves One Worker Missing, Presumed Dead

From PennLive.com:
A crew was attempting to connect a well to a gathering line when the gas ignited on a Chevron Appalachia well pad in southwestern Pennsylvania Tuesday morning, state officials said. 
John Poister, spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection's southwest region, said Tuesday afternoon that the well was in the final stages of production when the explosion occurred. 
Poister clarified that it was not a blow-out, which occurs with a pressure surge in the gas and a corresponding equipment failure of some sort at the surface. Instead, he said, the well crew was attempting to connect it to a gathering line, which involves putting some amount of pipe down the well.
Read that whole article here.

From TribLive.com comes this update:
Crews from a Houston-based company are carefully removing vehicles and equipment near a burning Chevron gas well site in Greene County, where one worker was injured and another remained missing and presumed dead Thursday, two days after the fire started. 
Falling snow was slowing the efforts of Houston-based Wild Well Control, Inc. to drag away vehicles around the site in Dunkard. 
The removal effort is a necessary step before workers can attempt to cap the well and stop the flow of gas, said Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo. 
Once they remove the equipment — which could serve as potential ignition sources or secondary fuel sources if the fire were to spread — they can remove a burnt-out, extremely hot truck that continues to reignite the gas escaping one of the two wells that initially burned starting Tuesday, Abruzzo said.
Read that entire article here.

Chevron has posted several updates here.

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