Fatal Greene County Explosion Investigated

Greene County Explosion

Report Reveals Cause Behind Death of Local Worker

A report has just been released, revealing long-awaited information about a deadly Marcellus Shale explosion this past year.

Last February, twenty contractors were on the Greene County Marcellus Shale well when it exploded, claiming the life of one worker. Today, findings by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are providing answers about the deadly explosion and fire. The report, a product of several investigations, lays blame on a loose nut and bolt assembly. The assemblage had been improperly handled and overseen by Chevron employees and eventually led to the explosion.

Chevron is also being criticized for poor communication with the DEP in the aftermath of the explosion. The natural gas company supposedly failed to provide important information relating to the explosion, leading to confusion and frustration. Regulators have decided to draft new procedures in the event of a future incident.

The report calls for better training with gas well equipment and for more testing and inspections. The tragedy has also led the parents of the deceased worker to file a lawsuit against the company that owned the well, Chevron Appalachia LLC.

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Source: “State points to human error, bad communication in fatal Chevron well fire.” TribLive. August 6, 2014.