Chevron fracking site explosion
A natural gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania owned by Chevron Corporation exploded last week injuring one worker and leaving another missing, feared dead.
The Huffington Post reported that a fire at the site continued to burn yesterday afternoon almost 8 days after the blast at Chevron Appalachia's Lanco 7H well in Dunkard Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania.
Company spokesman, Kent Robertson, said that Chevron did not immediately know the cause of the blast. He stated that the company initiated emergency response procedures and called in assistance from Wild Well Control, an organisation trained specifically to deal with natural gas explosions.
One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries, and rescuers continued to search for a person who was missing, a Greene County dispatcher said.
"Chevron's primary concern at this point is to contain the fire and ensure the safety of its employees, contractors and the surrounding community," Robertson said in an email.
According to local reports Chevron had previously had previously completed drilling and hydraulically fracturing, or fracking, was in the final stages of using steel pipe to hook it up to a pipeline distribution network for production.
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