Gas Well on Fire in Pennsylvania, One Injured, One Missing

Gas Well on Fire in Pennsylvania, One Injured, One Missing


Crew from Wild Well Control has arrived on-site
by John Pendleton  |   Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Around 7 a.m. this morning an explosion and fire occurred at a natural gas well near Bobtown, in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Initial reports say that one of the twenty men working on the site suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital and another is missing. All the other workers have been accounted for and are in good health.

Chevron Corp., which operates the site, flew in a Wild Well Control team from Houston and they are expected to be on location by 4 p.m. today. In the meantime, the heat of the fires and risk of further explosions forced firefighters to move back to safe areas. State troopers from the Waynesburg barracks closed the road to traffic and established a half-mile perimeter around the site. Reports indicate that there are no schools, homes or businesses and the smoke billowing from the fires is not believed to be toxic. Firefighters say that it may be several days before they can approach the fire safely.

An additional complication was presented by a large propane truck on the well pad, which caught fire and also exploded.

The well, known as Lanco 7H, was in the last stage prior to beginning production, in which workers use steel pipe to connect it to Chevron's gas-gathering pipeline network. Lanco 7H was one of a trio of wells drilled on a shared pad in March of 2012.

Although the incident was originally thought to be a blowout, which means a loss of control at the well head while drilling, the fact that drilling was completed some time back suggests that there are other factors responsible.

In addition to local firefighters and State troopers, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Greene County Emergency Management Agency and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Red Cross are also in place.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and will likely not be known for several days or possible even weeks.

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Logan Clay Smith | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Having 30 years experience in the Oil/Gas industry and having many thousands of hours on location/drilling/production; it was obvious from photos that I've seen, they were in the process of "logging/perforating" the well. From my experience that is one of the most dangerous procedures to be performed and many safety steps are taken. Obviously, an unexpected accident occurred.
 
Jeremy.Young | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Prayer for all involved and to the families who had to be scared to death. Hope the missing worker shows up unharmed. God Bless to all involved and their families! Hate hearing things of this nature!
 
Melinda Parsons | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
My son worked on that site and my husband did at times I'm sure this will affect them for the rest of their lives I just pray for peace for the family of the missing person
 
I was there | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Not perforating... E-line was rigged up to run packers preparing to run tubing. All personell with the exception of the missing man were gathered at the co-mans office for the morning JSA meeting. all wells were shut in at the time of the breech.
 
kci bourne | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
prayers for all from the bakken
 
Steve | Thursday, February 13, 2014
I talked to a hand that was on this location and he said they were trying to set a wire-line plug. They couldn't get down the well so they think they had a hydrate that they were trying to get out by pumping hot brine down he hole. However they were not working on the well when it exploded. they think gas migrated from the well to where the hot oiler was heating the brine in a tank. Of course I heard this so take it for what it is worth. Praying for the family of the fellow that died and the one
 
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