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Marshall County, WV : DEP Issues Orders In Gas Well Fire

Source : WV Metro News

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday issued a notice of violation and a cease operations order on drilling work at a Marshall County gas well site.  The McDowell B site near Cameron has been burning out of control since Sunday.

“Basically prevents them from any activity on the site until investigations are completed,” said DEP Spokesman Tom Aluise.

An enormous flame has been constantly shooting from the broken well head since a Sunday explosion and experts are continuing to plan how to get the fire out.

“Right now the indications are it won’t burn itself out, so it will have to be put out,” said Aluise. “There are several companies that specialize in that and those companies are on site there.”

Aluise says there’s no indication how the fire may have started. The drilling site is extremely remote and isolated from any homes or other structures.

The notice of violation pertains to groundwater contamination in the drilling process.

The well is owned by Chesapeake Appalachia, a division of Chesapeake Energy.

Hydraulic Fracturing and the FRAC Act FAQ

Please find below a link to a very informative PDF published by the Wilderness Society.  If you are unfamiliar with the specifics of hydraulic fracturing and the FRAC Act, I highly recommend you take a few minutes to educate yourself.  It’s a quick 4-page read, and a great first step to understanding more about the process.

http://wilderness.org/files/Hydraulic-fracturing-facts.pdf