Chevron says both leaking wells now capped

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Well control experts have capped the second of two Chevron wells that had burned out of control for five days and then continued to leak for two weeks at a well site in Greene County, the company said in a statement today.

Wild Well Control, a subcontractor hired by Chevron to deal with the leaking wells in Dunkard, capped the second of two wells at about 4 p.m. today, Chevron said.

The company capped the other well this past weekend after Pennsylvania State Police recovered the remains of a contractor who was killed when an explosion on Feb. 11 led to a well fire that involved two of the three wells on the site.

Capping the second well and stopping the leak "are significant milestones in our response efforts," Chevron said in a statement.

"The next step is for Wild Well Control to assess the integrity of the [the third well known as the] 8H well," Chevron said. "The integrity testing involves inspecting the seals on the well head as well as testing the integrity of the valves and ports. Once we have diagnostics from the testing, we will begin planning the path forward and complete any repairs, if necessary, to secure this final well."

"Once it is determined that the 8H well is also secure, a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the incident will begin," the company said.


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