Friday, July 23, 2010

2 Killed in Gas Well Explosion

Emergency crews are on the scene of an explosion at a natural gas well in Indiana Township, Allegheny County. Two workers were killed in the blast that happened shortly before ten this morning. County spokesman Kevin Evanto told DUQ News that this is a regular natural gas well site....not a Marcellus Shale well. The explosion occurred in a wooded area between Rich Hill Road and Challenge Lane. Evanto says Dominion Peoples Gas company sent workers to the scene to shut off gas service in the area.

However, a Dominion spokesman says his company does not own the well and does not have any lines to the well. The Dominion spokesman says the well is independently owned, so his company's crews were not authorized to shut off the gas.

Evanto says no other injuries have been confirmed.

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