6 Men Exposed To Battery Acid At WV Oil, Gas Rig

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Martinsville, WV (AP) -- Authorities are trying to figure out how six injured men were exposed to battery acid at an oil and gas drilling rig in New Martinsville.

Five of the men remained hospitalized Thursday, a day after being splashed with liquid and aerosol forms of battery acid at Chesapeake Energy's Procko well 20 miles east of New Martinsville.

Wetzel County Hospital Chief Executive Officer George Couch expects two of the men who suffered skin irritations and respiratory problems to remain in the hospital past Thursday.

Wetzel County Emergency Management Director Ed Sapp says the job site has been decontaminated but remains closed as state Department of Environmental Protection investigators search for clues.

Calls to Chesapeake Energy were not immediately returned Thursday.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by monty Location: macfarlan on May 21, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    I worked on several oil and gas rigs and never heard of battery acid on an oil rig unless they had it to refill the batteries up on the rig. I have worked in the oil feild for years and this is the first for me.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    I just learned that this accident happened yesterday. You need to make sure you clarify when the accident happened because I thought it was something going on right now.
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