Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Explosion at Fracking Well Sparks Fire Set to Rage for Days

Screengrab from WTRF 7 video showing
flames from the fracking well explosion.
Explosion at Fracking Well Sparks Fire Set to Rage for Days
Feb 11, 2014 | Common Dreams | Andrea Germanos

Incident took place at Chevron-operated well in southwestern Pennsylvania

An explosion at a natural gas fracking well in Pennsylvania on Tuesday has sent one person to the hospital, left one person injured and sparked a fire that could take days to contain.

According to a statement from well operator Chevron, the fire broke out at approximately 6:45 Tuesday morning at their well in Dunkard Township in Greene County, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.

"We're being told ... the site itself, that fire, will not be contained and we will not have access to that property for at least a few days," Trooper Stefani Plume said at a press conference.

Local ABC affiliate WTAE reports:
[Department of Environmental Protection spokesman John] Poister said Chevron had previously completed drilling and hydraulically fracturing, or fracking, the well and was in the final stages of using steel pipe to hook it up to a pipeline distribution network for production.
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