Chevron caps one of two wells involved in Greene County fire
February 24, 2014 5:32 AM
Chevron said that one of two wells in Greene County that were still leaking natural gas after a Feb. 11 explosion has been capped.
Bob Donaldson / Post-Gazette
Chevron contractors prepare to use an abrasive jet cutter to remove the damaged old well cap before installing a new cap on one of the leaking gas wells that blew up Feb. 11.
Chevron said on Sunday afternoon that one of two wells in Greene County that were still leaking natural gas after a Feb. 11 explosion has been capped.
In statement, the company, which owns three wells at the drilling site in Dunkard, said the flow of gas from the 7H well had stopped as of 2:25 p.m.
The next step will be capping the nearby 6H well and assessing the integrity of the third well, called 8H, and completing "any necessary repairs to secure the well," the company said.
Gas had been leaking from the wells near Bobtown since the explosion 12 days ago, which killed Cameron International worker Ian McKee, 27, of Morgantown, W.Va. The fire that was ignited by the explosion burned until last weekend.
The cause of the explosion, which happened as workers were readying one of the wells for production, remains undetermined. The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating.
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