Well Pad Fire Out after Explosions

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 12:08 PM gHale


Two storage tanks used to hold oil and condensate caught fire Friday night resulting in two explosions on a well pad in a remote area of Mercer County, PA.

Two explosions ended up reported at 8 p.m. Firefighters on the scene reported that 200 gallons of oil stored at the location caught fire.

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Fire departments from as far away as Lawrence County helped assist in battling the two-alarm blaze. One department brought in equipment capable of spreading foam, which they use to smother oil fires. There is a combination gas and oil well at the location, but crews on the scene reported the well did not explode.

“Friday evening two of our storage tanks used to hold oil and condensate caught fire on one of our well pads located in Mercer County,” said officials at Hilcorp Energy, which operates the well. “The appropriate local and state authorities were immediately notified and local first responders were on location shortly after the call. There were no injuries and the fire only lasted approximately forty-five minutes. We are in the process investigating the cause which remains undetermined at this time.”

The fire was out by 9:30 p.m. and there were no reports of injuries.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was at the scene to investigate.



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