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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ODNR Will Investigate Triad Hunter Well Blowout in Monroe County

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
Triad Hunter and state investigators are working to determine how the company's Utica Shale well on the Stalder pad north of Sardis in Monroe County began leaking natural gas Saturday, an event that led to the temporary evacuation of 28 nearby homes. 
"Those who evacuated were allowed to come back Sunday," Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said this morning. "There is still a risk, though, so the company is bringing in Wild Well Control from Texas to mitigate the chance of explosion." 
Maintaining operations in Monroe, Tyler and Wetzel counties, driller Triad Hunter is a subsidiary of Houston, Texas-based Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. On the company's website, Magnum officials describe the Stalder pad leak as a "blowout." 
"Currently, all field personnel are accounted for, and no injuries have been reported. Only critical personnel remain at a command center near the well site to mitigate the incident," company officials said.
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