Gas Well Site Fire Injures 2

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 06:10 PM gHale

A condensate leak could be the cause of a flash fire that injured two workers at an Antero Resources gas-drilling site in Doddridge County, WV, state regulators said.

The fire occurred Sunday morning at a well pad near West Union, WV, officials said. Antero Resources chief administrative officer Alvyn Schopp said there was a condensate leak as the workers were installing a new separator.

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Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman Tom Aluise said the vapors ignited, causing the flash fire.

Both workers suffered burns. Schopp said one worker remains hospitalized at West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. The other ended up treated at a Clarksburg hospital and released. The DEP is investigating the incident.

In July, two workers died and three others suffered injuries in a fire at another Antero drilling site near New Milton in Doddridge County, WV.

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