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One missing, one injured in Chevron frack pad blast in southwestern Pennsylvania

12 February 2014

Pennsylvania police have confirmed that one person remains unaccounted for and another is injured after the February 11 explosion at a Chevron-operated natural gas well in Dunkard Township, Greene County. The injured worker does not have life-threatening injuries, according to state troopers.

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Firefighters have been held at a safe distance from the resulting blaze and troopers say it could be several days before fire-suppression crews are able to gain access to the fire.

Chevron has confirmed to agencies that Wild Well Control of Houston, Texas, has been called in to extinguish the fire.

A Chevron statement said: “Our primary concern is to contain the fire and ensure the safety of employees, contractors and the surrounding community. We will provide updates as more information becomes available,” the statement said.

A spokesman from Pacific Processing Systems said a crew from the oilfield services company was conducting routine services at the well site when the explosion and subsequent fire started, but all company staff were accounted for. Several other subcontractors were working at the site when the explosion occurred,according to state troopers, with between 20 and 30 at the pad when the explosion occurred.

The fire occurred at the Lanco 7H well, which was permitted to Chevron in January 2012 and drilled two months later. According to the website fracktrack.org, Chevron maintains 22 of the 46 Marcellus shale gas wells in Dunkard Township.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.


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