Third Gas Well Capped in PA

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 @ 09:03 AM gHale

The third gas well at the Chevron gas well pad in Dunkard Township in Greene County, PA, where an explosion killed a worker and injured another is now safe and secure.

A new well head went in Saturday on the well, said Scott Perry, deputy secretary for the state Department of Environmental Protection. The well, designated as 8H, was not leaking but they were monitoring it.

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The two other wells on the pad affected by the explosion, 7H and 6H, ended up successfully capped last week.

The Feb. 11 explosion killed Ian McKee, 27, a native of Warren, PA. He was a field representative for Cameron International.

Monitoring of the air quality continues at the site.

After they sealed the second well Wednesday, the firm hired to cap the wells assessed the integrity of the third well and decided to do necessary repairs.

Plugs ended up installed as protective barriers about 8,000 feet below the surface in all three wells to prevent gas pressure from reaching the well head.

“The continuing well intervention efforts involve many steps and have to be executed in a precise, controlled, methodical manner,” Chevron said in a statement Sunday. “We are working to be efficient in our efforts to minimize the duration; however, the safety of the workers and operations will determine the appropriate pace.”

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