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UPDATE: 2 Injured in Fire at Doddridge County Gas Drilling Site

By: The Associated Press Email
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UPDATE 10/29/2013 10:05 AM

WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) - State regulators are investigating a flash fire that injured two workers at an Antero Resources gas-drilling site in Doddridge County.

Media outlets report that the fire occurred Sunday morning at a well pad near West Union.

Antero Resources chief administrative officer Alvyn Schopp says there was a condensate leak as the workers were installing a new separator.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise says the vapors ignited, causing the flash fire.

Both workers suffered burns. Schopp says one worker remains hospitalized at West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. The other was treated at a Clarksburg hospital and released.

The DEP is investigating the incident.

In July, two workers were killed and three others were injured in a fire at another Antero drilling site near New Milton in Doddridge County.

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UPDATE: 08/09/2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State regulators say Antero Resources can resume operations at a Doddridge County gas-drilling site where a fire killed two workers and injured three others.

The Department of Environmental Protection lifted a stop-work order late Friday.

Methane in a tank holding flowback fluid exploded July 7 near New Milton.

Colorado-based Antero was ordered to explain what happened and how it would safely resume work. The DEP found the first report incomplete but says a second, slightly more detailed document submitted this week satisfies the demand.

Antero must conduct a three-tiered review of equipment layout to ensure safe distances between potential fuel and ignition sources.

It will also install cylindrical storage tanks with latched hatches to help prevent the accidental release of flammable gas and will make workers wear portable gas monitors.

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UPDATE: 08/01/2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - To prevent another fatal explosion, Antero Resources says it will better review the layout of equipment on gas-drilling sites, consider taller storage tanks for flowback water and latch those tanks to ensure potentially explosive gases are contained.

Five workers were burned and two later died after a July 7 explosion of methane gas in a flowback tank at an Antero drilling site near New Milton in Doddridge County.

The site has been shut down while state regulators awaited a report from the Colorado-based company.

Spokeswoman Kathy Cosco said the Department of Environmental Protection will keep the closure order in effect for now.

Examinations by state, federal, company and independent investigators are continuing to determine exactly what cased methane to ignite as work was wrapping up on the Hinterer 1H well.

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UPDATE: 07/31/2013

NEW MILTON, W.Va. (AP) - Antero Resources is facing a Wednesday deadline to file a report with West Virginia officials on a gas drilling explosion that killed two workers and injured others.

The state Department of Environmental Protection ordered Antero to explain the cause of the July 7 accident and how it plans to safely resume operations at the site near New Milton in Doddridge County.

Colorado-based Antero also must outline what preventive measures it will take to avoid similar incidents.

State and federal investigators and an independent team hired by Antero are still investigating what caused methane gas to ignite as work was wrapping up on the Hinterer 1H well.

The DEP ordered Antero to cease operations July 12 and has said it will not approve any well work until it receives the report.

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UPDATE: 07/24/2013

NEW MILTON, W.Va. (AP) - Antero Resources says one of the five workers burned in a July 7 explosion at a West Virginia drilling operation has died.

Vice President Al Schopp says Tommy Paxton worked for one of the three subcontractors at the site near New Milton in Doddridge County, but he wouldn't say which one.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office says Paxton died Tuesday in the burn unit of West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. The 45-year-old was from Walton.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported Paxton's death.

State and federal investigators and an independent team hired by Colorado-based Antero Resources are still investigating what caused methane gas to ignite as work was wrapping up on the Hinterer 1H well.

The site remained idle Wednesday.

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UPDATE: 7/08/2013

NEW MILTON, W.Va. (AP) - State, federal and independent investigators are on the scene of a natural gas well explosion that burned five workers.

Work on the Hinterer 1H well near New Milton has stopped while the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and investigators hired by Antero Resources investigate.

Vice President Al Schopp of Colorado-based Antero says all five victims were taken to a burn center near Pittsburgh after the Sunday accident.

He couldn't immediately comment on their conditions Monday.

Schopp says workers were nearing completion of the well and were putting a narrow production tube inside the casing.

Methane gas ignited. Schopp says the ignition source is unknown.

The DEP says two tanks containing flowback water ruptured, but a containment system captured the liquid as designed.

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NEW MILTON, W.Va. (AP) - Eight people have been injured in an explosion at an Antero Resources natural gas drilling site in Doddridge County.

Doddridge County EMS says the explosion occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday at a well site in New Milton.

Antero vice president of production Kevin Kilstrom tells WBOY-TV (http://bit.ly/1d6guui ) that two crews were preparing to enter production tubing into the well when the accident occurred. He says there was a fire and a possible explosion.

Kilstrom says five contract workers were transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.

Doddridge County EMS says a total eight workers were injured. The others were taken to in-state hospitals.

The victim's conditions weren't immediately available.

Kilstrom says the company has notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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