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Another natural gas well explosion in West Virginia, continues to burn after 6 days

Amy Mall

Posted September 24, 2010

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In June, a natural gas well exploded in West Virginia and burned seven workers. Earlier this week, another well exploded. Fortunately, this time no one was injured. But the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection determined that the well fire "presents an imminent danger to persons and an imminent danger that a fresh water source or supply will be contaminated or lost."

It appears that no one knows how to put the fire out. That does not give the public much confidence in the safety of these wells. We look forward to the results of the investigation to learn more about how this happened.

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Jean ChamberlainSep 25 2010 10:02 PM

Anywhere near Braxton Co., where earthquakes might have been caused by hydrofracking?

Amy MallSep 26 2010 03:15 PM

Hi Jean: This well is in Marshall County, not in the immediate vicinity of Braxton County.

The Oil and Gas Accountability Project has compiled information on seismicity on its website, and you might find that of interest:

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