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Gas well fire now out in southwestern Pa.

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

DUNKARD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A natural gas well pad fire has been put out in southwestern Pennsylvania, nearly a week after first igniting.

Chevron officials said Monday that a fire at two wells on a drilling site in Dunkard Township, Greene County, was no longer burning as of 3 p.m. Saturday.

Company officials brought in well containment specialists from Texas-based Wild Well Control to work to cap the wells. Crews spent days working to remove items from the well pad, particularly a crane, which officials said was possibly keeping the flames burning.

Company spokesman Kent Robertson said it's premature to speculate what caused the flames to go out, but "there is not enough fuel being emitted to sustain combustion, and with the cooling of the crane, the ignition source has been removed."

Robertson said water tanks installed at the site will be used to cool the well and equipment so work to cap the wells can be done safely.

The fire started following an explosion on Feb. 11 just before 7 a.m. There were at least 20 people working on the well pad at the time. One person sustained minor injuries and a second person was reported missing and is presumed dead.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times