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Southwestern Pa. well fire still burning

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

DUNKARD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A natural gas well fire has been burning for more than 24 hours in rural southwestern Pennsylvania and could take days before it is put out, officials said.

State environmental officials and expert firefighters brought in by Chevron have been continuing to monitor the burning Marcellus Shale well in Dunkard Township, Greene County, since the fire started just before 7 a.m. Tuesday.

State Department of Environmental Protection officials said the fire may burn for days, delaying efforts to determine the cause.

One worker was injured in the blast, and one remains unaccounted for, officials said.

DEP spokesman Jon Poister said experts from Houston-based Wild Well Control arrived on the site Tuesday evening to being working out a plan to extinguish the fire.

Residents in the area, near Bobtown, said the flames from the fire can be seen for miles and sound like a roaring jet engine.

Wild Well Control specializes in responding to well site fire around the country, including one that happened in Indiana Township, Allegheny County, north of Pittsburgh, which killed two welders in July 2010.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times