Cabot Oil Fined for Jan. Blast

Friday, December 5, 2014 @ 03:12 PM gHale

Cabot Oil and Gas is facing a $120,000 fine for a Jessup Township, PA, storage tank explosion in January, state officials said.

The explosion near Montrose, PA, ended up labeled “a serious incident” that injured a worker and spilled almost 3,000 gallons of fluid from the tank, said officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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The state cited Cabot with a violation and then ordered the company to pay the fine.

Cabot Oil and Gas released a statement about the incident:

“Cabot’s top priority is safe, reliable operations. With that goal in mind, we constantly assess and reassess our procedures and policies.

“Whenever an incident occurs, like the one at the Reynolds location, our first concern is for the safety of our workers and the public. Fortunately, the injured contractor returned to work shortly after this incident.

“We undertook a detailed investigation into the incident, working closely with technical experts and regulatory agencies to fully understand the situation.

“When appropriate, we devise and implement changes to improve and enhance our operations.

“As a result of our review of this incident, we have implemented additional safeguards into our design and construction practices across our operations, and we continue to work toward our goal of zero incidents and maintaining a safe, reliable workplace.”

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