Gas Well Fire Forces Evac

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 @ 10:07 AM gHale

A natural gas well site operated by Statoil in Monroe County, OH, caught fire Saturday forcing the evacuation of nearby residents.

The fire at the Eisenbarth well pad in Ohio Township in that county — in eastern Ohio along the West Virginia border — is on the surface and is not burning in any actual wells, Statoil USA Onshore Properties, Inc. said. Workers plugged one well on the site, while the others are in the fracking process, officials said.

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The company said no one suffered injury, but residents close to the well site ended up evacuated.

No one from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was immediately available for comment. The Ohio EPA deals with potential hazards to the state’s water supply and responds in cases of spills or explosions that endanger the environment. The natural resources agency is responsible for oversight of the state’s oil and gas industry.

The site has eight wells. Workers plugged one formerly producing well and the rest are in the process of fracking.



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