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Pennsylvania drilling site explosion injures 1, another missing

Philadelphia workers may be interested in a recent explosion that occurred near Pittsburgh. This explosion at a drilling site injured one, while another worker is reportedly missing from the scene in the aftermath.

On the morning of Feb. 11, a natural gas well in Greene County exploded. The well, located in Dunkard, belonged to Chevron Corp. Witnesses in a neighboring town compared the noise to a jet engine, and others say they saw smoke rising above the treeline. Fires from the aftermath of the explosion continued to burn through the night with no signs of stopping. The flames, reports indicate, rose several stories into the air and prevented emergency crews from getting close to the blaze.

Chevron flew in a crew of specialists from Wild Well Control Inc. to attempt to contain the well fire. Together with officials from Chevron, the crew attempted to put together a plan to stop the flames. It is unknown what prompted the explosion. According to reports, there were 19 workers at the site, though industry workers say that they were not locals. At the time of the blast, there was no drilling underway on the 2-year-old well. Pennsylvania has been home to several other drilling accidents in recent years, though most did not result in death or injury.

Factory accidents can be very serious, given the volatile nature of the work and the materials used, particularly in a mining or drilling operation. If an employer has been negligent with safety procedures on the site, they may be liable for the effects of an accident. An attorney who has experience in these cases may be able to investigate and bring the lawsuit in civil court.

Source: Trib Live, "1 missing, 1 hurt in natural gas well explosion in Greene County", Jason Cato, Tom Fontaine and Timothy Puko, February 11, 2014

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