Tuesday, June 8, 2010

W.Va. Gas Well Explosion Injures Seven Workers

June 7, 2010

Seven workers drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation were injured in an explosion Monday in a northwest corner of West Virginia.

A crew had drilled about 1,000 feet from the surface and hit a pocket of methane gas in an abandoned coal mine. A spokeswoman for Dallas-based Chief Oil & Gas, which has an interest in the well, said a methane ignition was the most likely cause of the explosion, which occurred about 1:30 a.m. Monday. By Monday afternoon, emergency teams were still working to contain a 40-foot high flare. The drill site is in a rural area in Marshall County, W.Va., and company officials said no residents or structures were in danger. ...

Ms. Gittins said she had reports that all seven workers had been taken to area hospitals and none had life-threatening injuries. ...

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