Whitesville Men Injured in W. VA Gas Well Explosion

Daily Reporter

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A crew drilling a natural gas well through an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle hit a pocket of methane gas that somehow ignited, triggering an explosion that burned seven workers, a state inspector said Monday.

Two workers on the crew were from Whitesville, Andrew Billings and Brian Cavanaugh. Officials at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh said Billings was treated and released.

The blast created a column of flame at least 70 feet high, and it will likely burn until a team of well fire experts can reach the scene to extinguish it, said Bill Hendershot, an inspector with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas.

The fire is in a rural area outside Moundsville, about 55 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, and presents no danger to any structures or people, Hendershot said. Read original article here


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Get used to it, this is all I have heard about lately. I’m sure there will be plenty of accidents to come.

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