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DEP issues violations for Chevron well fire

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

DILLINER, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has cited Chevron Inc. for nine violations at a natural gas well that exploded in February, killing one worker.

DEP spokesman John Poister said Thursday that Chevron improperly restricted state access to the well site for the first two days. Poister said the situation later improved but that Chevron's initial stance was in violation of oil and gas rules that say regulators should have free and unrestricted access.

A Chevron spokesman said in an email that the company's first priority was to prevent additional injuries, and they're evaluating DEP's allegations of violations.

The explosion killed a 27-year-old worker for Houston-based Cameron International, and the cause has yet to be determined. The site was in Dunkard Township, Greene County, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The fire from the explosion at the well raged for days until crews were able to cap the wells at the site.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times