Chevron Fined for Fatal PA Well Fire

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 11:06 AM gHale

Chevron Appalachia will pay a nearly $940,000 fine over a natural gas well explosion and fire that killed a contractor, Pennsylvania state officials said.

Last month, Chevron agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the worker, 27-year-old Ian McKee.

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A Chevron spokeswoman said the Moon Township-based company “deeply regrets” the incident and has worked with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to investigate and resolve the problems.

DEP spokesman John Poister said the agency doesn’t rank or track fines, but says it’s surely “one of the largest” ever imposed.

DEP investigators previously determined an inexperienced worker at Chevron’s site in Dunkard Township, Greene County, loosened a bolt without proper supervision, likely causing the well to leak and catch fire.